What are the affirmations?
Basically, affirmations are for encouraging an optimistic mindset. They are the positive sentences you can repeat every day to make the changes in your life happen. Remember the last time you offended yourself with phrases such as “I’m not good enough to work there”, “I don’t know if I deserve to get a higher salary”, “I wish I could stay home and never go outside”, etc. From time to time, when we are feeling a little (or too) blue, negative thoughts pop into our minds. We got used to thinking bad about ourselves. But the thing is that our subconsciousness is a powerful tool that literally controls our lives. When letting bad thoughts live in our heads, we program yourselves to experience bad emotions and live a sad and frustrating life.
Thus, affirmations are the weapon against such conditions. They reprogram the subconscious mind and help to overcome self-sabotaging while helping to create the reality we want to live in. They are imbued with power and strong feelings that turn our lives into something positive that runs smoothly and successfully.
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How do they work?
In fact, in our lives happen only the things we believe in. One researcher once said what we think about ourselves at a subconscious level has a crucial influence on our daily life. Affirmations raise our positive vibration and make the desired things such as success, confidence, self-love, money, happiness be attracted to us. Is there science behind them? Actually, yes! There is a Self-Affirmation Theory (Steele, 1988) that says we can achieve the desired state of mind and sense of self-integrity by regularly telling ourselves the positive things we want to be a part of our lives. Affirmations help to decrease health-deteriorating stress, perceive harmful words with less resistance, keep it easier, and attract the desired events, state, people.
How to write them?
Affirmations need to be profoundly imbued with feelings. For instance, instead of writing “I do sport every day” write “I feel amazing and full of energy when doing sport every day.” Or instead of “I travel every season” say “I feel grateful and overwhelmed with excitement when traveling every season”. Write affirmations in a positive way, in the first person, and in the present state.
“I earn a lot of money” — “I feel sufficient, independent, and confident when I earn a lot of money”.
How to use them?
Different people use their affirmations in a different way, but the common rule is to say them at least once a day:
- you can say them in the morning and before hitting the hay;
- write the affirmation down and leave it in front of our eyes;
- write them every day;
- read or repeat them from your list or the app (you can download various apps that help to write affirmations);
- rewrite them often as they have to be filled with the freshest emotions.