I find the practice of using positive affirmations to be life changing. It is how I have become amazing at manifesting, and it is how we re-wire the mind. Follow these steps and your affirmations will be even more effective and powerful. Let's supercharge your affirmations!
Step 1: Make a list of what you've always thought of as your negative qualities / things that hold you back. Include any criticisms others have made of you that you've been holding onto — whether it's something your siblings, parents or peers used to say about you when you were a child, or what your boss told you in your last annual review. Don't judge if they're accurate and remember we all have flaws. This is one of the beauties of being human. Simply make a note of them and look for a common theme, such as "I'm unworthy." This will be a great place to start making a shift in your life. When you write out the recurring belief, notice if you are holding onto it anywhere in your body? For example, do you feel tightness or dread in your heart or stomach? Ask yourself if this unwholesome concept is helpful or productive in your life — and if not, what would be?
Step 2: Now write out an affirmation on the positive aspect of your self-judgement. You may want to use a thesaurus to find more powerful words to beef up your statement! For example, instead of saying, "I'm worthy," you could say, "I'm remarkable and cherished." After you have written your affirmation, ask a close friend to read it to see if they have any suggestions for how to make it stronger. (You don’t have to share the experience with a friend – sometimes this process is very personal, and that’s absolutely fine; it will still work!) Always work in the most direct positive way with ‘I am’.
Step 3: Speak the affirmation out loud for about five minutes three times a day — morning, midday, and evening. The more you can do it, the better!
An ideal time to do this is when you're putting on your make-up or shaving, so that you can look at yourself in the mirror as you repeat the positive statement. Another option that helps to reinforce the new belief is to write out the affirmation several times in a journal or notebook. Notice over time as you write it if your style of writing changes. This could be a clue as to how your mind perceives the new concept.
Step 4: Anchor the affirmation in your body as you are repeating it by placing your hand on the area that felt uncomfortable when you wrote out the negative belief in Step 1. Also, ‘breathe’ into the affirmation while you are saying or writing it. As you reprogramme your mind, you want to move from the concept of the affirmation to a real, positive embodiment of the quality you seek. This is a very powerful part of the process – which is why you need to ensure you have carved out time to do it, and your mind doesn’t suddenly switch to wondering what time it is, and whether you’re going to be late for an appointment / picking up the kids from school.
Step 5: Get a friend or mentor figure to repeat your affirmation to you. (I do this with my son as it then helps me and him in one shot!) If you don't have someone whom you feel comfortable asking, then use your reflection in the mirror as the person who is reinforcing the healthy message.
Affirmations are a powerful tool to help you change your mood, state of mind, and manifest the change you desire in your life. But they work best if you can first identify the unwholesome belief that is opposing them. I don’t know how I would live without them!
There are lots of wonderful YouTube videos filled with affirmations for abundance, success, self-esteem and so much more.
Have fun creating your affirmations and let me know how you get on.
Lots of love,
(bringing you more) Hope xox
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