Are you ready to manifest what you want in life? YAY! You badass 🙂 Be joyous for getting started! And you can start right now because, in this post, I’ll walk you through the steps of writing your own affirmations. Because if the words are honest and close to your heart, your affirmation can truly work its magic. The best thing is, an affirmation is super easy to create. Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to write affirmations.
1. How to write affirmations based on your values
Practicing affirmations will feel the most honest and sincere if you choose words that you resonate with. Think about your values: what kind of words describe your feelings? What is important to you in life? Keep in mind that your affirmation works as a positive assertion in the present tense. So, you’d rather affirm ‘I am powerful’ than ‘I am going to be powerful.’ You want your mind to focus, so leave out any unnecessary words that may create clutter in your head. Less is more. A few examples:
- I am powerful
- I feel energetic
- I see the beauty in every day
- I am responsible for my wellbeing
- I am grateful for being alive
2. Questions for guidance on how to write affirmations
You can now start to create your own affirmations based on those examples. Asking yourself a few cornerstone questions beforehand helps to determine what to focus on. For instance, ask yourself the following questions:
- What quality do you value in yourself?
- What quality do others value in you?
- What positive feeling do you want to experience?
- What makes you happy?
- What do you want to develop?
- What are you grateful for?
Say your answers to these questions are as follows:
- What quality do you value in yourself? Focus
- What quality do others value in you? Curiosity
- What positive feeling do you want to experience more? Excitement
- What makes you happy? Sunshine
- What do you want to develop? Joy in life
- What are you grateful for? Choosing my own path
3. Examples of affirmations as inspiration
With these answers, you could create the following affirmations:
- I am focused
- My curiosity is valued
- I feel excited
- I see the beauty in every ray of sunshine
- I am responsible for my joy in life
- I am grateful for choosing my own path
There’s a myriad of affirmations to be found online that you can examine and explore for inspiration. Save the examples that spark your joy; this helps you narrow down your preferences for writing your own affirmations. You might want to visit the Instagram pages of Bloom affirmations and Affirmation addict to get into the affirmation mood.
4. How to write ‘I am’ affirmations
In my opinion, the ‘I am’ affirmations and ‘I feel’ affirmations might even be the most powerful because they are so concise and to the point. That’s why I’ll share a few more examples of affirmations based on ‘I am’ and ‘I feel’:
- I am grateful
- I am authentic
- I am confident
- I feel strong
- I feel loved
- I feel important
In the end, how to write affirmations is a personal preference. Choose the type of affirmation that feels closest to you.
5. Exercise to write affirmations
Now, it’s time to write your affirmations. You don’t need to fill all five types in. Just take one to three types that stand out for you and start playing around. Set a timer to five minutes and in that time, write down as many options as you can (pro tip: your answers to the questions might come in handy here!).
- I am ……….
- I feel ……….
- I see the beauty in ……….
- I am responsible for my ……….
- I am grateful for ……….
After the time has gone by, see if one of the affirmations stands out for you. If not, repeat by doing another round. Sometimes you get caught by an affirmation in the first round; other times; it takes a while. Don’t worry if it takes a few rounds. This process is as much part of the journey as the affirming itself is.
Checklist: how to write affirmations
- Choose words and sayings based on your personal beliefs and values.
- Use cornerstone questions to determine your affirmations’ focus.
- Look around for inspiration and save the examples that spark your joy.
- Experiment with writing different types of affirmations, such as ‘I am affirmations’.
- Practice writing exercises to learn how to write affirmations.
- Expand your vocabulary to unlock new words (more on that below).
- How to write affirmations in seven words: reflect, write value-based, experiment, and welcome inspiration.
Want more ideas on how to write affirmations?
If you’re a language geek like me, you probably already know Thesaurus.com. Thesaurus is the go-to website for many searching for synonyms, nuances, and other ways to finetune what is being written for those who don’t. Besides conduction a goal-oriented search, you can also get inspired through nifty features as ‘Synonyms for overused words’ and ‘Word of the day’.
How to expand your vocabulary
Would you like to dive even deeper into expanding your vocabulary? Try out any of the ‘sites that make vocabulary fun’ in this Zapier post on how to expand your vocabulary. The more words you collect, the more tailored to your writing style your affirmations get.
Don’t know how to use affirmations?
Are you not yet sure how to use affirmations? Then I’d recommend you first read my post How to use affirmations. There, I share exactly what an affirmation is and how actually to affirm. This post has a handy checklist with points to help you navigate the first steps of affirming and tells you how to cope with skipping a day or two. Because starting something new is always a bit scary, and honest experiences from like-minded people can take some of the pressure away 🙂
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I sure hope you did 🙂 If you have any questions, recommendations, or experiences you want to share, I’d be more than happy to read your thoughts! You can leave your comment in the field below. Do you know someone who would benefit from discovering how to write affirmations? Feel free to share this post (via the URL bar or any of the social share buttons) and get the positive energy flowing!