I am a firm believer in the power of affirmations. I’m also a firm believer in the power of words in general. This isn’t a new concept. In fact, with The Secret having been all the rage a couple years back now, and everyone talking about the Law of Attraction, it’s quite a bit more mainstream then it’s been in the past.
Back when I first started college for my teaching degree, I did a lot of work on myself. You see, I was (and seemingly, can still tend to be) an introvert. I realized that if I wanted to be successful at teaching I would need to break out of that box. This was when I was first introduced to the power behind words and thoughts. I told myself over and over that I was strong and confident. I told those gremlin thoughts to hush up. I affirmed that I was a complete and beautiful being and that I loved and approved of myself as did others (this is still my go to affirmation – I’ve said it often enough, it’s second nature to me).
I later affirmed that I was a great teacher and qualified to be teaching in the Atlanta Public School System when I was first looking for a job. I told myself again and again, that I would get a job within APS (my dream district). Then again, after I did indeed get my job, I relied on affirmations to enhance my teaching situation. You see, my affirmations and beliefs were so strong, I was given a job that technically wasn’t available – my principal had someone else in mind for the position, but the district placed me while he was on his vacation. Needless to say, he wasn’t my greatest fan.
Knowing this, I spent a lot of time and energy affirming that I was in the right place at the right time and that I was working with a supportive and appreciative administration. I had these affirmations plastered everywhere: my car, my bathroom, my nightstand, even my desk at work. I focused on (and believed) these affirmations for my entire first year and that summer.
Let’s just say that I wasn’t the least bit surprised when that first day back on teacher work days that my principal would be leaving our school. And yes, my next two principals and I got along great for the remainder of my teaching career.
Trust me, affirmations work. And they work well.
You can use what others have written or write your own (I do a little of both). Here are some basics to get you started:
- Speak in the present tense – you don’t want to affirm (claim) that you will make $250,000 – that keeps it in your future and not yet in your present. You want to affirm that you do make or are currently making $250,000…put it in the now. Better yet, I often use something like this…”I give thanks for the $250,000 that has come to me.”
- Make it sound like something you would actually say – when things get too biblical or preachy or even too wordy, they’re often difficult to remember or to state easily and quickly. If you find a pre-written affirmation or statement that you like, feel free to reword it in your own voice.
- Keep it short and sweet – I have a list of about 10 or so affirmations that I go to from time to time. Some I read nightly. Some I repeat throughout the day. Some are longer; some shorter. To be completely honest, it’s the shorter ones that I can easily remember and repeat throughout my day.
- Keep it positive – you’re not looking to lose weight, but instead you’re looking to gain optimal health; you’re not looking to bring an end to your debt, you’re looking to increase your wealth and prosperity.
- Make it believable – If you find it challenging or uncomfortable to say your affirmations, like you’re lying to yourself, try starting slowly and maybe add “I am willing to…” or “I choose to…” at the beginning. Baby steps.
- Fake it ’til you make it – this is honestly my favorite part about using affirmations. You don’t need what you’re affirming to be real right now, you need to just put some energy and intensity behind it and let the Universe take control. Just pretend you’re wealthy, that your business is booming, that you’re a huge success. Imagine all the great things you can do for yourself and others with your successes and your prosperity. Eventually, you’ll start to believe it and then, you’ll start to see it and experience it…and that’s what matters here. So trust me, fake it ’til you make it believe it and you will believe it.
My final tip…Just remember to phrase what you want in the positive and add in “…for the good of all involved” at the end. This last bit helps with that whole “careful what you wish for” sort of downside that can sometimes pop up because we’re not totally clear in what we’re asking for.
If you’d like to see a copy of my current list of affirmations, feel free to check them out here. I got most of them from Florence Shoval Shinn’s books and then tweaked them to be more me. In turn, you’re more than welcome to tweak them to suit your needs and voice.
Do you currently use affirmations? If so, please share them. If you haven’t yet experienced the power of affirmations, what would you like to affirm and attract into your life?