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What are affirmations? They can be positive state-
ments that can condition the subconscious mind,
so that you can develop a more positive perception
They are known to help anyone who uses them to
change harmful behaviours or accomplish goals, and
it can also help undo the damage caused by negative
statements. Statements which we repeatedly tell our-
selves (or which others repeatedly tell us) that contribute
to a negative self-perception.
For affirmations to work, you need to dedicate time
during the day to focus and read them.
Here are some pointers to help you get the most
out of these powerful tools.
Think about your positive attributes. Take stock
of yourself by making an inventory of your best qualities,
abilities, or other attributes. Are you gorgeous? Are
you a hard worker? Write it down. Write each quality
down in a short sentence, starting with "I" and using
the present tense: "I am beautiful," for example, or "I
am generous." These statements are affirmations of
who you are. We rarely focus on those things that we
truly like about ourselves. Instead we choose to dwell
on things we d like to change. Using these affirmations
will help you to appreciate who you are and will give
you the confidence you need to accept your affirmations
of who you want to become.
Think about what negative statements you want
to counteract or what positive goals you want to
accomplish. Affirmations can be extremely powerful
to counteract negative perceptions you have developed
about your appearance, your abilities, or your potential.
They can also help you achieve specific goals, such
as losing weight or to quit smoking. Make a list of
your goals, or list the harmful self-perceptions you
want to change.
Prioritise your list of things to work on. You may
find that you have a lot of goals or that you need many
affirmations. Concentrate on just a few affirmations
at a time. Choose those that are most important or
most urgent and work with those first. Once you see
improvement in those areas or accomplish those goals,
you can develop new affirmations for other items on
Write your affirmations. In step one, you got
plenty of practice writing affirmations based on your
positive qualities in the present. The affirmations you
will use to influence future changes should follow the
same basic form as those from step one. They should
start with "I," be short, clear, and positive. There are
two kinds of future-oriented affirmations you can use
to work toward goals.
"I can" statements: Write a statement affirming the
fact that you can achieve your goal(s). For example,
if you want to quit smoking, a statement such as "I
can quit smoking," is a good start.
"I will" statements: Write a statement affirming
that today you will actually use your ability to achieve
your goal. So, following the above example, you could
say, "I will be smoke-free today," or "I will smoke
fewer cigarettes today than yesterday." Again, the affir-
mation should use positive language and should simply
express what you will do today to achieve the longer-
Match up some of your positive attributes with
your goals. Which of the positive qualities that you
affirmed in step one will help you achieve the goals
you have set? If you re quitting smoking, for example,
you may need willpower or courage, or you may need
to reflect on the fact that you are beautiful or that
you care about your family. Select two or three of
these affirmations to support your goal-oriented affir-
Make your affirmations visible so you can use
them. Repetition is the key to making affirmations
effective. You want to think about your affirmations
several times a day, every day. There are several
ways to do this.
Make a point of writing your affirmations in a
journal or diary each morning when you wake up
and each night before you go to sleep. Meditate on
your affirmations. Close your eyes, shut out the
rest of the world, and think about your affirmations.
Leave reminder notes in various places. Use sticky
notes to write your affirmations (one per note).
Make several notes for each affirmation, and leave
these notes where you will see them.
Carry your affirmations with you. Make a list of
your affirmations and put it in your wallet/purse.
If you need a pick-me-up, or if you find yourself
about to waver from your goals, get out your affir-
mations and read them.
Continue using your affirmations. The more
you affirm something, the more firmly your mind
will accept it. If you are trying to accomplish a
short-term goal, use your affirmations until you
have accomplished it.
Affirm positive qualities
JANICE LEARMOND CRIQUI CPC, ACC
Ideal Life Certified Professional Coach
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