How Writing Daily Affirmations Can Change Your Life

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September 2021

We all have those moments where we stop and think: “What have I gotten myself in to? I can’t make a success of this venture. What was I thinking!”

It is perfectly normal to have these moments. However, when they become the rule rather than the norm, it could have a detrimental effect on your efforts to reach your goals, be it personal or professional.

Very often these limiting thoughts come from a specific unpleasant incident or obstacle that seems insurmountable. It is during such times, that written or even spoken affirmations can make a world of difference.

What exactly is an affirmation?

An affirmation is a short phrase or statement written (or spoken) in the first person that encourages you to think about your current situation in a positive way. For instance, if you start to feel troubled about the direction your business is headed and have become overwhelmed by your goals, you can write down “I am constantly driven to reach my goals” or “I am inspired by the success of others to reach my own unique goals.”

You can write down one affirmation that works for you or choose a few phrases that inspire you and write them down every day. Make them part of your daily routine and they will eventually replace any doubts and self-limiting thoughts you may be struggling with.

How to make affirmations work for you

Firstly, it is important to keep in mind that we’re all different and we set about reaching goals in different ways. Therefore, if writing down a list of affirmations doesn’t work for you, you can record yourself saying them and play back the recording every day. Alternatively, you can say them out loud every day, as many times as you need to. Whichever ‘system’ resonates with you, is the one you should follow.

The best way to get started with making affirmations more effective and powerful is to make a list of what you might perceive to be your ‘negative qualities.’ Write them all down on a piece of paper and then challenge them by writing something positive about yourself next to each negative item. This will not only establish a new way of thinking about yourself and your abilities, but it can also serve as inspiration to take on new and exciting projects.

Affirmations go beyond pretty words

Repeating an affirmation can have the same effect on your mental health, as physical repetitive exercises have on the body. In the same way your physical health improves with daily exercise, your mental health is boosted by feeding your brain positive statements on a regular basis.

Studies have shown that repeating or thinking about your best skills or best qualities for a few minutes before a meeting or interview, can help to calm your nerves and increase your overall confidence. Affirmations are even successfully applied when treating people who suffer from extreme low self-esteem and depression.

Take your affirmations seriously

As with most things in life, affirmations will only have the desired effect if you keep at them and take the process seriously. Write your statements or phrases in the present tense and make them realistic. Focus on the areas in your personal life or career that you’d most like to change and tailor your affirmations accordingly.

Doing this will allow you to tune into your innermost thoughts and tweak them for the better, strengthening your confidence, and increasing your motivation.