When you work towards your goals, a mindset shift is essential to making sure you stay on track. One way to help support your goals and create the right mindset is to speak out affirmations that guide you to achieve your goals and grow into your ideal self. Simply put, affirmations are powerful statements designed to help change how you feel in order to get closer to your goals.
How Do Affirmations Work?
You can create affirmations for any area of your life where you seek improvement or more fulfillment. Some of the most effective affirmations involve financial abundance, love, self-confidence, and creating better habits.
When you speak out affirmations, you change your beliefs about yourself, and as a result, you start to be more like the person you want to be, which helps you attract opportunities and circumstances that your ideal self would attract. The way you project yourself to the world also changes, and you will find more people and opportunities suddenly showing up.
Since affirmations also change your mindset, you start behaving and thinking in a way that attracts the right situations and people into your life. You will do things you would otherwise not do, and you also naturally shift out of your comfort zone.
You will also build up your confidence in your ability to attract happiness, love and abundance into your life, which will help you be strong during tough times. Instead of sinking down and feeling low, you will tell yourself, “I am worthy of great things and I have the ability to bring in what I want and need in my life.”
What Are the Best Ways to Create Affirmations?
Start with a vision of what you want, and phrase it in the present tense. Avoid statements that use words like “when”, “as soon as”, “someday”, or “soon”. You want to create the feeling of having it now and living from that feeling with happiness and ease. Then, attach the vision or goal to a feeling, preferably at the end of the sentence.
Don’t overwhelm yourself. Begin with 3-5 affirmations you can comfortably say out loud daily and build up to 20 affirmations as you gain momentum.
Here are a few examples to help you get started:
“I am so happy and grateful that I have more than enough money to provide for my family and help others.”
“I live a relaxed and fun life with my partner who loves and appreciates me, we have so much fun together and share good memories.”
“I make exercise a daily habit and run 3 miles a day with ease. I feel great after my morning run.”
Don’t just write affirmations down and look at them occasionally. For affirmations to truly take effect in your life, set aside a few minutes each day, or better yet, begin each day reading your affirmations aloud.
Balance Your Perspective
When you speak your affirmations, feelings may begin to come up where you feel frustrated or sad you don’t have it already. If you feel sad because you don’t have it yet, remind yourself of a time when you were wishing for the things you have now. Have faith that it is on its way.
That is natural, but bring your attention back to how you would feel if you had it right now.
How Do You Use Affirmations Effectively?
Don’t speak out affirmations from a negative or angry place. If you say the affirmation, then follow it with a negative statement like “that will never happen to me,” or “what is the point of this, these affirmations don’t work”, you are undoing the positive statements and inviting more negativity, worry and frustration into your life.
If negative thoughts start creeping in, don’t worry, you can turn it around. We are all human, and we get upset when things don’t go our way.
What to Do if You Start Feeling Hopeless
Take a few deep breaths, and tell yourself the following:
“I know I have gone through some things. It has been hard for me, but I believe I can turn things around and bring good people and good experiences into my life. I am going to keep an open mind and believe in myself and my ability to attract success in all areas of my life.”
Even if you don’t have faith in yourself, this is a good place to start building your foundation, allowing you to trust yourself and trust in your abilities.
Stay Focused on What You Want
When you start thinking about all the negative things that have happened to you, speaking to yourself this way will turn your attention back to what you want, as well as what you can and can’t control. You can’t always control what happens in your life, but you can control how you respond, and you can also control what you believe to be true.
Soon, the positive things coming into your life will outweigh the negative experiences, and you will be achieving your goals with a strong foundation to maintain and support you through the process today, tomorrow and in the months and years ahead!