Affirm Your Intentions--
Achieve Your Goals
Steve Brunkhorst


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 Emotion

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.

  1. I reflect on successful experiences, and I let the memories and moments linger.

  2. I enjoy expressing myself freely, confidently, and creatively.

  3. I am grateful for the success and satisfaction that my purpose is bringing to me.

  4. I provide value to those I serve, and I am becoming more abundant each day.

  5. I welcome challenges and changes in my life, and I feel grateful that each change brings new blessings.

  6. I see my goal clearly, and allow myself to receive it with gratitude.

  7. I forgive myself and others, release the past, and move forward with love and confidence.

  8. I am resilient, capable, confident, lovable, and loving.

  9. I allow joy to flow through me, and I rejoice in my self-expression and creativity.

  10. I feel the joy in small accomplishments each day, and I allow myself to be thankful, loving, and peaceful.

  11. I deserve success, am enthusiastic about life, and create my life the way I want it to be.

  12. I allow energy, vitality, adventure, and passion for my purpose to fill my life.

  13. I allow abundance into my life through my actions, gestures, and words, and I receive all that I need.

  14. I accept Divine guidance, and I feel safe, secure, hopeful, and protected by Divine Love.

  15. I celebrate life's peaks and valleys, knowing that every situation provides a lesson I must learn.

  16. I allow every experience to make me stronger, wiser, more capable, more abundant, and more loving.

  17. 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


By doing affirmations you are replacing the old negative voices with
new positive ones.  When you first start using an affirmation, you may
not believe it.  In fact, if you already believed it, there would be no
need to affirm it.  It is important, though, to try to tap into a feeling of
belief and an experience that the affirmation can be true.  Temporarily,
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.

Shakti Gawain


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