We’re all familiar with the power of positive thinking to get things accomplished and goals achieved. The basic premise behind positive thinking is that if you can think of something, you can do it. Everything that ever was or ever will be is a thought first. There are many different ways to use positive thinking to improve your life. One of the most effective is to use affirmations.
One of my favorite authors, Cheryl Richardson says, “Affirmations + Action = Miracles.” This doesn’t mean that we all have to say “I’m man enough, I’m good enough, and doggonit people like me.” To truly use affirmations powerfully, they must be thoughtful, targeted and lead to your positive vision of success – “I am” statements are especially powerful.
For example, if you are a smoker who would like to kick the habit, the wrong way to use affirmations is to state: “I’m not going to smoke anymore.” Psychologically, this will make you crave smoking as you’re making it seem out of reach or denying yourself something. A better affirmation would be: “Now I am smoke-free.” Or, “I breathe clean, refreshing air and I have much more positive energy.” Stating your affirmation positively versus negatively is significant. Another example could be if you want to create prosperity in your life . You may say, “I am debt free.” Debt has a negative connotation. Better wording would be – “I am financially free.” Or “Money is flowing to me from both expected and unexpected sources.” By crafting your affirmations in a positive light, you can more easily achieve your goals.
Using affirmations is another way to get out of your comfort zone and into positive growth. Here is a simple exercise to try. Write down ten positive affirmations. Read them out loud at least 3 times per day/night for a week. Observe how you feel, the way you approach things and the changes doing affirmations provides.
After a week check back in and share your experience in the comment section below. I would love to hear your feedback!