The level of payoff that comes in relation to the minimal amount of effort involved in the practice of daily affirmations is extraordinary. I hope that this post inspires some of you, who have never used this practice, to try implementing affirmations into your life. And provides a motivational boost for those of you who may have put the practice aside or are less faithful to it than they would like to be.
I began using affirmations more than a decade ago. And I have been in the place of all of the people I mentioned above. I was once new to the practice. It felt strange and honestly sort of senseless. I had a hard time pushing myself to say things out loud that I didn’t necessarily believe were true. But, fortunately for me, I forged on.
I did, however, have lapses in time when I was not really faithful to the practice. Sometimes I would put it aside completely. It just didn’t seem to be working the way everyone claimed it would. And I had so many other places that I thought my energy would be better spent. Still, I never gave up completely. I forged on.
And I am here to tell you that I’m glad I forged on. Over time I have become really good at proclaiming things as I would like them to be with confidence. Rather than looking at how they are in a state of despair. And the better I get at it the more it pays off.
At this point I could go into the explanations of why affirmations work. I could talk about the metaphysics behind the practice. And how using positive affirmations boosts the energy in your life in a way that attracts more positive things into it.
Or, if that is a bit too woohoo for you, I could talk about the psychology behind affirmations. I could tell you how your brain 100% believes what you tell it. Good or bad. Positive or negative. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
And so, proclaiming positive affirmations about yourself and/or your life will cause you to make choices and behave in ways that bring those things into reality for you.
But the simple fact is I’m not here to explain how this practice works. When sharing something that seems so abstract as this, it is far more likely that we would get caught up in the I’m right, you’re wrong struggle that goes with that territory.
I am here to tell you that daily positive affirmations work. I sincerely hope you take note of my experience and give it a try for yourself. I want to see each and every person who reads this post flourish beyond their wildest dreams. That’s sincere.
And yet, if you don’t take what I’m saying to heart I’m okay with that too. I am here making it work for me and I have every intention of continuing on no matter what anyone else believes in or chooses to do. It works well for me. I’m marching forward 😉
WHAT ARE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS?
Positive affirmations are simply things you say to yourself, or out loud to the Universe, that you would like to see more of in your life. Whether it is something that is absent from your life completely, or something that you are working on improving, makes no difference. The point is you want more of it than you have right now.
They can be structured in the form of ‘I am’ statements, such as; I am successful, I am healthy, or I am confident.
Or they can be structured in the form of a story, such as; I live in an elegantly restored old farmhouse, on 25 acres just far enough outside of town to feel like I am in the wilderness, and yet not so far as to be inconvenient.
THREE WAYS TO USE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
There are several ways to use positive affirmations in your life. I have found two practices that work for me. They are simple and easy to do. And they take very little time.
The first way I use positive affirmations is to implement ‘I am’ statements into my thought processes throughout the day.
When I first began doing this it wasn’t easy for me to remember it. I used any tool I could think of to get it done. I set timers on my phone. I put little things out around the house. A healing crystal on the windowsill above the sink, a bouquet of wildflowers on the dining room table, and a book on the power of manifestation next to my living room chair were just some of the ways I did this. I would set them out with the intention of remembering to proclaim my affirmations each time I noticed them. And it worked! I also wrote out affirmations on my bathroom mirror in bright red lipstick. Can’t really miss that!
As time passed and I became better at using affirmations I began to restructure my thought life with them. When something happened that would make me feel like I wasn’t good enough, I would replace the negative thoughts running through my head with the statement, “I am more than enough”. This practice changes the energy of the circumstance instantly, in most cases. Particularly once you become more confident doing it. And the way to gain that confidence is to just do it without confidence until confidence comes 😉
Another way that I implemented the practice of positive affirmations into my life was through storytelling. I sat down and created a word document, in story format, that reflected my life as I would like it to be.
It is important to write this out in present tense. Say, “I have a successful business” not “I will have a successful business”. You’re mind believes what you tell it, but it knows the difference between past, present, and future tense. So provide it with information framed in present tense in order to cause it to think these things are happening right now. Otherwise, you will be perpetually in the state of memories (the past) and hopes (the future).
Once my document was created, I printed it out and made sure I read it out loud each day. I allowed the feelings that I believed I would experience when my intentions came to pass to wash over me as I recited them. And I lingered in those feelings as long as I could. Allowing myself to experience them as fully as possible.
Just recently I have altered this practice a bit. And I’m loving the results I’m seeing from the change. I now have a word document that I treat as a journal. I don’t jot down things that happened that day as one normally would in a journal. I journal my life each day as I wish it to be (in present tense, of course).
This is just slightly more time consuming than simply proclaiming a prewritten story out loud, but it is worth it I assure you. However, either tool is a great choice and it’s best to start with whichever one you feel you can stick with. Stick-to-itiveness is the key to success where affirmations are concerned.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS TO WORK?
It is impossible to place a definitive time on the gap between starting a positive affirmation practice and the manifestation of them in one’s life. There are so many factors that contribute to this time frame.
But there is one thing that is absolutely certain …
They cannot begin to work until you start them. And the longer it takes you to start them the further away from your goals you are. So get started today 😉
And while you need to allow yourself the time it takes to get accustomed to this practice, strive to get to the place where you are free of doubt surrounding your affirmations coming to pass as you proclaim them. Push yourself to embrace them. And don’t be afraid to get powerful with them.
I often go out in the woods where no one can hear me and get pretty darn loud about it all. That’s real life right there ❤
It is my sincerest hope that you will give this practice a chance to work in your life. It is a game changer, for sure.
If you have hopes, dreams, or desires you’d like to share with me I am eager to embrace them with you. Please put them in the comments below.
Or, perhaps, you already utilize this practice and you have a tip to share that will make my practice even richer. I would love to see my positive affirmation practice evolve into something even greater than it is now. So, let’s meet in the comments and chat all about it 😉
As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤