Affirmations are used to help with positive thinking, especially in relation to developing yourself. They help you to overcome any self-limiting beliefs that you may have which may stop you moving forward in your life. You can look for an Affirmation that relates to what area you are trying to develop yourself in or you can make your own up.
Ideally, Affirmations should be in the present tense. They are personal statements that relate to you. For example, if you feel that you need to increase your confidence you should say something like: “I am a very confident person” rather than “I want to become more confident”. The reason for this is that we have spent years reinforcing the negative self-beliefs that limit us in life. By starting to retrain our brain into believing we are something that we are not, for example, more confident, we are starting the process of becoming more confident. The more we tell ourselves we are something (good or bad) the more we start to believe it and start acting in that way. It is a bit like a self-fulfilling prophecy where we become what we think we are. We need to change our thinking in order to become what we want to be and replace the negative thinking patterns that we have established that limit our personal growth.
When saying Affirmations to ourselves, we must say them often. For example, try saying to yourself 50 times in the morning and 50 times before you go to bed. Those are usually the times that are best for our brains taking in the new positive messages that we are telling ourselves.
Let us know how you get on if you start practising daily Affirmations. Also, let us know what your favourite Affirmations are. We are always pleased to add some more to our collection!