Affirmations are emotionally driven
statements of intention and faith that guide thought and
action. Affirmation comes from the Latin firmus,
meaning strong. Affirmations recognize and assert the
existence of personal truths. These statements can be
powerfully effective for developing and strengthening thought
patterns, and thus actions, needed to achieve goals. These
thought patterns also attract the situations we affirm to be true.
Use Affirmations Effectively
Affirmations are effective when combined
with strong emotions and vivid sensory imagery: sight,
sound, smell, taste, and touch. Effective affirmations
state, in present tense, what we want. At the same time, we
are feeling the joy, satisfaction, and gratitude we would feel if
each statement had already manifested.
Recall Vivid Imagery and Strong
An effective way to create mind imagery
and emotion is to recall a situation in your life when you
actually felt the emotion you want to create. Recall
situations that made you feel joyful, loving, forgiving, excited,
happy, accepting, successful, and grateful.
This is the same way emotions surface
when we dwell on memories that bring tears, upset, or nostalgic
feelings. When using affirmations, you get to select
purposely the emotions you want. Let these emotions surface
and permeate your mind and body.
Practice Positive Affirmations
Belief, imagery, and emotion are
essential elements in effective affirmations. With practice,
you will be able to create vivid images and emotions very
quickly. It might also be helpful to begin by affirming the
action you are now taking, as in the exercise below.
Here are seventeen sample affirmations
for strengthening goal achievement, creativity, confidence and
abundance. Practice the affirmations while combining them with
compelling imagery and strong emotion.
- I reflect on successful experiences,
and I let the memories and moments linger.
- I enjoy expressing myself freely,
confidently, and creatively.
- I am grateful for the success and
satisfaction that my purpose is bringing to me.
- I provide value to those I serve, and
I am becoming more abundant each day.
- I welcome challenges and changes in my
life, and I feel grateful that each change brings new
- I see my goal clearly, and allow
myself to receive it with gratitude.
- I forgive myself and others, release
the past, and move forward with love and confidence.
- I am resilient, capable, confident,
lovable, and loving.
- I allow joy to flow through me, and I
rejoice in my self-expression and creativity.
- I feel the joy in small
accomplishments each day, and I allow myself to be thankful,
loving, and peaceful.
- I deserve success, am enthusiastic
about life, and create my life the way I want it to be.
- I allow energy, vitality, adventure,
and passion for my purpose to fill my life.
- I allow abundance into my life through
my actions, gestures, and words, and I receive all that I
- I accept Divine guidance, and I feel
safe, secure, hopeful, and protected by Divine Love.
- I celebrate life's peaks and valleys,
knowing that every situation provides a lesson I must learn.
- I allow every experience to make me
stronger, wiser, more capable, more abundant, and more loving.
- I savor small victories along the path
to my goals, and I reflect deeply on each experience.
Affirm Only Your Intentions
Each day, our minds fill unconsciously
with self-talk, echoing thought patterns and beliefs formed during
early development. These might be positive and supportive
thoughts. However, our internal speech can also attract the
very situations and feelings we would rather avoid.
Negative, distracting thoughts are
actually affirmations working against us. By becoming aware
of these negative affirmations, we can replace them immediately
with positive affirmations that focus on what we want.
Create Your Personal Affirmations
After practicing with the affirmations
above, create your own affirmations based on what you want to
achieve. It will not help to simply repeat a list of someone
else's affirmations that you don't actually believe. You
must own each affirmation as a personal declaration of your
intention and faith.
Act on Your Affirmations
Spend time each day with your personal
affirmations. Then take actions that will lead to their
realization. When charged with belief, vivid imagery, and
strong emotion, affirmations can be effective and supportive tools
that help you move toward the achievements that you desire.
© Steve Brunkhorst.
Steve is a professional life success coach, motivational author,
and the editor of Achieve! 60-Second Nuggets of Inspiration,
a popular mini-zine bringing great stories, motivational nuggets,
and inspiring thoughts to help you achieve more in your career and
personal life. Contact Steve by visiting http://AchieveEzine.com
doing affirmations you are replacing the old negative voices with
new positive ones. When you first start using an affirmation, you
not believe it. In fact, if you already believed it, there would be
need to affirm it. It is important, though, to try to tap into a feeling
belief and an experience that the affirmation can be true.
at least for a few moments, suspend your doubts and hesitations and
put your full mental and emotional energy into the affirmation.
Act as if it were true.