5 Steps to Master the Art of Powerful Affirmations
Do powerful affirmations really work?
It drives me crazy when people say that the words you use have nothing to do with the outcome of your life.
Now I’ll admit that affirmations are not the only factor in creating the life you want but I guarantee you it is a huge part. Words are a product of what you are thinking which determines how you feel and how you feel determines how you act.
Saying positive powerful affirmations can be a lot of fun and incredibly rewarding since it can change your state of being dramatically and quickly with practice.
For example, I was running one morning and had every excuse running through my head for why I should not run today.
“It’s too cold. It’s too early. I’m tired today. I don’t need to run right now. I can go inside and take a day off. Shouldn’t I just walk, that would be easier. I deserve to take a break. This is too hard.”
I caught myself and made the decision to control my thoughts. Then I started replying back (to the voice in my head):
“I am in the best shape of my life. It is possible for me to run anytime I want. I tell my body what to do. The voice I am hearing that is making excuses right now, isn’t even real. I am in charge of how I feel and what I do. I choose to be a world-class athlete. In fact, I can run a marathon if I want because I can do anything I decide and my body will listen.”
As this relay of yin and yang conversed in my mind, I kept running. I stood up straighter, I felt more energetic and I knew instantly I had changed my mind and my body responded with energy and drive to complete the task. Your brain will always want to talk you out of anything it feels is too hard. But it is your choice, like any athlete, to override that response and push forward. You won’t die, your body won’t break, but you may break some personal records by using positive affirmations to accomplish anything you had previously thought impossible.
Changing how you feel through powerful affirmations can change the outcome of an event or even your whole day.
Thoughts and feelings affect physical reality.
By working with affirmations we train our minds to become positive. For example, every time you find yourself thinking negatively, you can repeat your affirmation, creating positive thoughts in place of the negative ones.
Eventually, the affirmation will teach your mind to feel positive about something you may have once struggled with, such as a belief or limiting idea like “I can’t do this.” Just as I had told myself while running.
Here are 5 steps to Master the Art of Powerful Affirmations
Step 1: Make a list of what you believe are your negative attributes.
Most of us don’t need to look far to find our negative qualities. We’ve been told by people around us all our lives, how we should look, be, feel and talk. We are criticized as children, at work, and by our friends and loved ones. Write them all out without judgment and look for common themes. Do they all feel like you’re saying, “I’m not good enough?” Or is the overall feeling, “I’m not worthy.” Once you have a general theme, it will be easier to overcome. Now is there a certain place in your body where you feel this emotion? Is this question a powerful and healthy one or is it causing you problems in your life? What would be the opposite of it if so?
Step 2: How can you look at your self-judgment positively?
Now write out the positive side of all that self-judgment. Is it that “I am worthy.” Or could it be even better like “I am incredibly amazing?” You get to be as powerful as you choose here so choose words that make you feel powerful when before you may have felt powerless. If you have trouble coming up with the right words, get help from a friend, partner or relative. Sometimes we can’t even see how remarkable we truly are but someone else will help shine a light on your greatness.
Step 3: Say your powerful affirmations at least 3 times a day. (looking in the mirror if possible.)
Yes, I know this is the hard part. You have to actually say it out loud while looking at yourself in a mirror. This is important because this is how you will believe the words you are saying. Awkward as it may be at first, it will get easier, like anything, as you practice. A good time to do this is when you are already looking at yourself in the mirror-like shaving, brushing your teeth, putting on makeup, washing your face or drying your hair. You can also do this at a stoplight in your car mirror. If this doesn’t work for you, try writing it out every day. I journal every morning my gratitude and goals which also include affirmations. Making this a daily ritual is just as important as brushing your teeth. In a few minutes a day your life will change dramatically.
Step 4: Anchor the powerful affirmations in your body
Remember in step 1 where you looked for the place you felt the negative emotion? Now say your positive affirmation while holding your hand in the same place. Breathe into this place in your body while reprograming your mind. When you do this you are also anchoring these thoughts into a real positive embodiment in your own body. This is making the affirmation more real and more powerful.
Step 5: Get a partner, friend, parent or coworker to repeat your affirmation to you.
I have always asked my spouse to help me anchor affirmations and I do the same in return. As we are walking out onto a stage we are looking at each other repeating, “You are the best speaker they have ever seen. You are going to kill it.” “Today is going to be a great day.” We have done the same thing many times to sell houses, win awards and create income. When you are aligned in your vision and goals, affirmations will help you launch them. However, if you do not have a spouse or partner to share in this exercise, it is just as powerful, looking at yourself in the mirror. I have often thought of myself as the parent talking to the child in the mirror to replace early childhood programming.
I start every morning with my genius hour and that always includes many “I am statements.”
What are your favorite powerful affirmations? Start by filling in the blanks below:
I am _____________. I’ve always been able to ________________. I am already _____________. My life is amazing because ______________. I am the best in the world at _______________. I am grateful because ___________.
Feels so good to AFFIRM who you are, what you’re grateful for and what you want, doesn’t it?
You are so worthy and so loved,
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