Affirmations are sentences aimed to affect the conscious and the subconscious mind. The words in a positive self-affirmation like an “I am” statement, can help to inspire and motivate you to act and think in a way that will align with your ideals and goals.
Repeating these statements and concentrating on the mental images or visualisations that they invoke, will help to influence your behaviour, your thoughts and your reactions.
Setting achievable, realistic goals and intent is of course part of this process. I am not implying that you can talk your way out of a terminal disease but I am saying you can talk your way into coping with that situation in a manner that best suits you.
So, what can positive affirmations do to help me?
- They can help to keep you motivated.
- They affirm who you are and/or how you want to feel.
- They can keep your mind stay focused on the goal ahead.
- They can influence your subconscious mind.
- They can change the way you think and behave.
- They can make you feel positive, energetic and active, and therefore, put you in a better frame of mind.
How can I create Affirmations of my own?
- Start with the words “I am.”
- Write/speak in the present tense.
- Keep it positive. Affirm what you want, not what you don’t want.
- Keep it short and sweet.
- Be specific.
- Try to Include at least one emotion or feeling word.
- Create a visualisation to go with it. Eg: See yourself standing on that podium or holding that trophy etc.
What are some examples of I am Statements?
- I am brave.
- I am happy to be here.
- I am always learning.
- I am an intelligent being.
- I am proud of who I am.
- I am happy.
- I am responsible.
- I am not in a race, there is plenty of time.
- I am strong.
- I am going to get through this.
- I am unique.
- I am patient.
- I am worthy.
- I am loveable.
- I am fun.
- I am creative.
- I am trustworthy.
- I am a survivor.
- I am loved.
- I am “me”.
I am statements help us to affirm who we are, who we want to be and how we want to feel. Have a go at creating some for yourself. Draw a pic for each statement to help with your intent and post them around the house or office on post it notes, in your journal or somewhere easily visible. Set yourself some realistic, achievable goals and then create some “I am” statements to match.
Give it a try and let me know how you go.
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