Writing affirmations are a great way to facilitate change in your life. Louise Hay, author of You can Heal your Life and publisher of Hay House have been teaching about affirmations for years. An affirmation is a statement what you want to believe about yourself. The affirmation process is either writing or telling yourself your affirmation multiple times everyday. Louise Hay suggests saying them into a mirror. The statement can be long, however most people tell you to keep them short and sweet.
The idea behind affirmations is that you have beliefs about yourself and beliefs are a collection of thoughts that you think everyday. If you tell your affirmation everyday you will be inserting the new, more positive belief into your daily routine. With your new thoughts you will be building new and more powerful beliefs. At first when you say your affirmations it will be hard, since you do not believe them. The more you say your affirmation the easier it will be to say because you will believe it more and more.
If you were to search the term, “Affirmations do not work” you will notice there are many articles and even scientific studies on problems with the affirmation. Affirmation process described above seem to work better on subjects that you already, at least a little, believe. If do not believe your affirmation there can be a negative effect if you try that process. Every time you say your affirmation and you feel negative emotions from it, you may be doing more harm than good.
All is not lost. If you enjoy the affirmation tactic, I am here to give you some tips that can make your affirmations work for you.
- Start small. Start your affirmations small. You do not have to go from being super shy to being the life of the party. Find the next logical step from where you are currently are in the area you would like to change. You can go from being shy to creating an affirmation that you smile at strangers. As long as it is a stretch you will grow from your new belief.
- Soften them up. If you do not believe your love yourself, writing an intention that you do love yourself can get you to have your brain tell you every time you speak your intention, “NO!” Then release negative chemicals that make you feel bad. Do not fret, you can soften up your intentions. Add, “I’m open to” or “Wouldn’t it be nice if,” to your intentions to soften them up. It is much easier to believe, “I’m open to loving myself.” or “Wouldn’t it be nice if I loved myself.” After you get to the point where you believe you are open to or that it would be nice if, then you can use your original intention of loving yourself. You can even stack them if just one isn’t enough, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I was open to loving myself,” or “I’m open to being open to loving myself.”
- Bridge your affirmation. You can also start with an affirmation that you already believe about yourself. Telling yourself something you believe will help bridge your old positive belief with your new positive belief.
- Make them rhyme or humorous. Your brain loves humor and rhyming. There is a reason that poetry and comedy has survived for so many years. If you can write your affirmation so you laugh when you read it or rhyme it will be much more effective. “As I was created from above, my heart is filled with self love.”
- Get in a good mood before saying them. Do not rely on the affirmation to change your mood. Start already in a good mood. Dance, sing a song, think back to positive memories, or any other way to get yourself in a good mood. When you do that then the affirmations will be a part of your good mood instead of using them to create them. They will become beliefs much quicker. We learn better in good moods than bad.
- Turn it into a game. You also love games. Games are fun. Saying affirmations can be boring. Turn it into a game some how. Make some affirmations and number them and roll a dice to see which affirmation you are saying or you can think of a better game.
- Write all the ways the affirmation is already true. Before writing your affirmation first think about all the ways your affirmation is already true and then write them down before you write your affirmation. If you are writing an affirmation for health, write down all the ways that you are healthy before you write your affirmation.
- Appreciate your life. Get into the feeling of appreciation by writing down five to ten things you appreciate about your life before you write or say your intentions. Getting into that feeling will energize your intentions.
- Create a ritual. Another thing you enjoy is rituals. Create a affirmation shrine where you light some incense, and do a little meditation before hand or after you write your intentions burn them in the sacred fire(safely).
- Use EFT. EFT or emotional freedom technique is really good for helping to dissipate your negative emotions. Emotional freedom technique is based on Chinese Acupuncture points. Tapping on the points that you can find on this link, while saying your affirmation will cause those negative emotions to not be a problem.
Now you have ten ways you can get the most out of your affirmations. Using just one of these tips with your affirmation will allow you to energize your ability to change your beliefs. When you change your thoughts you will change your life.
What is the current affirmation that you are using right now to change your life?
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