Do you want to know how to use affirmations? Then you’ve come to the right place. Do you ever experience that urge to take matters into your own hands, but you just aren’t sure where to start? I sure felt that way many times. About two years ago, I wanted to change my life. I started by quitting my job, selling my house, and hitting the road to follow my dream: to become a mindful writer.
I transformed my life using affirmations
Now, burning all your bridges might not be the best way to start 🙂 Yet at that moment, I was sure about exactly two things: 1) I was unhappy, and something needed to change right away, and 2) I was petrified, whichever way I would go. So, I took the plunge. The most powerful thing that has helped me navigate the rollercoaster that followed is a wonderful mental exercise called ‘affirmation.’ In this post, I’ll tell you how to use affirmations and what it means to affirm.
1. What are affirmations?
First things first, what, exactly, is an affirmation? An affirmation is a powerful and positive assertion that expresses something you wish for in the present tense. For example, if you wish to develop confidence, you’ll affirm that you are confident. You can affirm for basically anything you wish for, may it be strength, a more compassionate mindset, or body confidence. The ritual of affirming is also called self-affirmation, as it is something you can do completely by yourself. The beauty of self-affirmation is that you can set out at your own pace, and there won’t be anyone or anything holding you back.
2. How do affirmations work?
Affirmations work through the principle ‘the more you repeat it, the more you believe it.’ Believing is an essential aspect of how to use affirmations, as believing helps you to manifest what you want. By repeating your affirmation over and over again, you’ll essentially start to reprogram your brain. After a while, you will, in fact, believe in yourself and in whatever you wish for. This mindset provides you with willpower and helps you to persevere.
3. Affirm on a daily basis
Typically, you would affirm on a daily basis. This way, you train your brain every single day to evolve towards the mindset you want to achieve. It’s most easy to make the affirmations a part of your morning or evening routine, but you may also practice spontaneously throughout the day. If you really want to set your mind to the change and affirm more often, make it a habit to affirm in the morning as well as the evening.
4. How to start affirming
When you take on the practice of affirming, you want to be as comfortable as possible. Perhaps you already have a quiet space in your home where you practice yoga asana or where you meditate? If not, take some time to set up shop. Seek out a little nook or corner and make it your own (think thick blankets, nice pillows, a small altar with some gemstones or incense if you like). Think about how you would like to affirm: will you affirm by looking into your eyes in the mirror, or do you prefer to practice while sitting with your eyes closed? Decorate your little nook in a way that suits your needs.
5. Practice your affirmation with compassion
Above all, don’t be too hard on yourself! Sometimes, life just happens, and you skip a day or two. That’s totally fine – try not to be bummed out about it. Slowly try to affirm more often, and eventually, you will find a routine that works for you. Keep in mind that every time you have affirmed, you are one step further along your way. Every step counts and is an achievement to be proud of. This mindset helps you to feel positive about your journey from day one. Be proud! Take a moment to tell yourself you already did well by reading this post – and now cherish that positive feeling 🙂
Checklist: how to use affirmations mindfully
A step-by-step overview of how to use affirmations:
- An affirmation is powerful, positive, and in the present tense. Do you wish to develop confidence? Then you’ll affirm that you are confident.
- Affirmations work through the principle ‘the more you repeat it, the more you believe it.’ Believing is essential to manifesting what you want.
- Be comfortable when you practice affirming. Seek out a little nook and make it your own.
- It’s most easy to make the affirmations a part of your morning or evening routine.
- Affirming will feel the most honest and sincere if you choose words that you resonate with.
- Every time you have affirmed, you are one step further along your way.
- Don’t be bummed out if you skip a day or two – that happens. Eventually, you will find a routine that works for you.
- How to use affirmations in eight words: take ownership, repeat frequently, have faith, and persevere.
Want to know more about how to use affirmations?
I figured 😉 If you’d like, get started writing your own affirmation following the steps in my post How to write affirmations. This post contains a small step-by-step guide with questions and exercises to help you write an honest affirmation that is true to your heart. Are you looking for a way to affirm more confidence? Check out these 12 affirmations for confidence and courage.
Books on using affirmations
If you are a true bookworm like me, I can imagine you’d want to immerse yourself in the topic of affirmations. On the go-to website for bookworms, Goodreads, you can find a list of books about positive affirmations. One book that’s not on the list but that I truly recommend is Louise Hay’s The Power Is Within You. In this book, Louise shares her philosophies on letting our true feelings out and allowing ourselves to receive prosperity. Happy reading!
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