Having a positive outlook can open up so many doors for us. However, sometimes it’s hard for us to get past our self-doubt or fears to see what is waiting for us on the other side. That’s where positive affirmations come in. You’re probably wondering, what are positive affirmations or do positive affirmations work?
Put simply, positive affirmations are statements that we declare, or affirm, to be true. These statements are usually repeated in order to manifest themselves to be true. You want these positive statements to remain a part of your reality.
There are many reasons for you to begin repeating positive affirmations. It may be for business success, love, to overcome anxiety, or any hosts of areas in your life that you’d like improvement or to become more positive about.
What are Positive Affirmations in Life?
In life, positive affirmations help us clear our minds and stay focused on what we truly want. They provide a sense of clarity or can help us reach our goals.
Our affirmations prepare our minds by opening up the reality that our positivity has the ability to change how we view ourselves and the world.
Positive affirmations are more than just a passing thought or even wishful thinking. You focus on this thought and repeat it several times in order reprogram your thought patterns.
Negative thoughts can block us from being able to manifest the positive thoughts. If you feel that you can’t do better at work, then you won’t. If you believe that you don’t have control over your life’s journey, then you don’t. If you accept that you can’t change to be a better person, then you won’t be able to.
When you’re wanting to make your own positive affirmations remember that they will never contain the words can’t, won’t, or don’t. If these words are used in your affirmation, then it isn’t a positive affirmation.
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When speaking positive affirmations, they must always be in the present tense. If you’re speaking in the future tense, your mind will not readily react to what it is you truly want. Speaking in the here and now immediately reshapes your beliefs and assumptions.
They help you accept your reality and realize what needs to be aligned in order for you to have a more positive mindset.
Keep in mind that positive affirmations are personal to you and cannot involve you forcing change on someone else.
Do Positive Affirmations Work?
The key to have positive affirmations work for you is to first recognize your negative thoughts and perceptions. Acknowledging your life’s current situations and knowing that you want to actively make a change help them work.
You should also acknowledge that your current feelings are valid, but that you want to increase or reinforce the positivity in your life.
Positive affirmations work by giving yourself encouragement and praise to stay positive and to keep getting better.
When you first begin with your positive affirmations it may not feel like you’re doing it right or that they’ll work at all. It may seem like a superficial act because you’re just learning how to use affirmations at the conscious level.
It may seem like you’re not being truthful with yourself. I want to be the first to tell you that you’re not telling yourself a lie by praising yourself. It just doesn’t feel right because you’re used to putting yourself down.
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Keep in mind that positive affirmations are not a quick fix to adding more positivity into your life. You’ve lived with self-doubt and negative thoughts about yourself for probably as far back as you can remember. It will take time to remove the negative for the positive to inch its way in.
In order for positive affirmations to work, you need to be frequent and consistent when using them. Repeating your affirmations every morning or throughout your day will subconsciously help you start seeing the bigger picture of positivity.
By ingraining your positive affirmations into your mind, your subconscious will take over and you will start taking the necessary actions for your affirmations to become your reality as long as you believe in the power of positive affirmations.
How Long Does It Take for Affirmations to Work
Positive affirmations are not like a genie in a bottle. You can’t just wish hard enough for it to happen and then poof, your life is filled with all kinds of positivity.
How quickly one’s mindset changes depends upon the individual person.
Being clear, consistent, and believing in your affirmations will help them work faster opposed to not believing in them and willing to change your subconscious negative thinking.
If you’re able to internalize your affirmations quickly, then you may see quicker results. Giving yourself at least 30 days of positive affirmations may be a good baseline to start before you see any results.
Positive Affirmations to Say Every Day
Even though most people prefer to say positive affirmations in the morning, they can be said anytime throughout the day. Beginning your day with affirmations can give you a better outlook on your day and boost your confidence.
If you haven’t tried using positive affirmations yet, here are some that will help guide you into a more positive day.
- I respect and love myself.
- I am capable at achieving everything I set my mind to.
- I have the courage to stand up for what’s right.
- I find joy in the simple things in life.
- My confidence knows no limits.
- I live in the present and am confident of the future.
- I am doing my best and that is always enough.
- I let go of all the lies I tell myself.
- My strength is greater than any struggle.
- Positivity is a choice; I choose to be positive.
- I am proud of who I have become.
- I radiate love and happiness.
- I attract happiness and prosperity into my life.
- I am completely comfortable being myself.
- I have the power to create change in and around me.
How has using positive affirmations changed your life?