5 Powerhouse Tips for Using Positive Affirmations
You’ve probably heard that affirmations can help you be more motivated and successful in meeting your goals. But did you know that there are some ways you can supercharge your affirmations to make them even more powerful, even transformative?
Say you want to get a new job or new role in your company; if your affirmation is “I will get a new job that pays $xyz.”- how does that make you feel? There’s a heaviness in the energy of that statement that’s not very motivating.
It focuses on the negative aspects of your goal (the need to find a job and an obligation to make a certain amount of money) which pushes the goal out into an indefinite future.
This type of goal is also very vague so it leaves room to procrastinate in going after it, which only leads to frustration and no desired results. Using an affirmation will keep you focused on the goal and prime your brain so motivation is high until achieved.
But, this doesn’t have to be the case. You can use these five steps to turn your affirmations around and make them high energy and motivating.
- Make your affirmations active
Using active verbs keeps the energy upbeat and your focus in the present moment. So now your affirmation starts “I am [positive verb] …”
- Include Positive Emotions
Think of how you want to feel when you reach your goal. Are you happy? Proud of yourself? Relaxed? Grateful? Make sure your affirmation makes you feel good when you say it out loud.
- Keep it Short
Make your affirmations brief and memorable. Concise, focused statements are easier to remember.
- Stay in the Present
Your affirmation should always be in the present tense. Make sure you use “I am” rather than “I will” statements. One other option is to use the word ‘choose’ – “I choose to….” This, again, is more motivating and keeps you in action-mode.
- Keep it Positive
Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Think of the positive result you want to achieve, or the benefit the desired goal will bring you.
- Switch up Your Affirmations
Have a look at your current affirmations and see if they are working as well as they could be. In the example above, you could refurbish it into something genuinely motivational.
Instead of “I will search for a new job,” let’s make it something that will make you feel good.
“I am enjoying searching for a job that will match my skills and talents.”
“I attract the job that brings wealth and opportunity.”
“I am excited to share my skills and experience with the right company (can name a specific one).”
Play around with the words until they feel right for you. Just keep your affirmation in the present, focused on what you want and what feels good.
Repeat your affirmations at least three times a day and look forward to manifesting the life you want. Put your affirmation in a place you can see as the visual field is powerful and keeps it in mind. As a bonus, write your affirmations to embed them as the brain will follow.
Affirmations can be very powerful to achieving any goal you desire. Use them wisely so they are a motivator and not a detractor.