If you clicked on this post it’s likely you have heard the term, read it somewhere in a self-help book, heard your favorite coach talk about it in her Instagram story or use them yourself. As we all grow more accustomed to self-improvement being an important piece of our lives, buzz words/phrases like balance, mastermind, spirit, meditation, live your best life, breathe, positive affirmations and a handful of others have become so much more commonplace. And to be honest, as much as I hear them, I’m still not tired of a single one. I love the growing consciousness in our communities and pray it only grows more and more with the passing days.
In this post I’ve chosen to focus on one in particular – positive affirmations.
What are they?
Sayings, phrases, paragraphs, one or two words that positively affirm the life you have/are creating.
Are you more confused now?
Positive affirmations can come in the form of gratitude statements, making clear to the Universe/God and yourself what you are grateful for. Why you are smiling today, despite all the reasons you could come up with not to.
Example: I am so grateful for my loving partner who gets up every morning when my alarm goes off to turn off the cool fans and turn up the heat, in order to ease my morning experience. I love how kind and thoughtful this seemingly small act is. It makes me feel loved and cherished to have a partner who pays attention to the details of my life.
(true story, Tyler does this for me every week day after my alarm goes off at 4:30am)
See how something so small becomes so profound? I could have said “I’m so grateful for my loving partner” but instead I chose something specific and expounded on how it makes me feel. When creating a gratitude affirmation choose something that is specific, give details and state what about this makes you grateful. Our affirmations become so much more meaningful when we get detailed about what it is about a thing/person/situation that makes us grateful.
Dreaming about your best life? Create an affirmation that speaks on behalf of the future as if it’s already here!
I am so grateful for my thriving life coaching business. I love being able to work with such creative, enthusiastic, curious and open-minded individuals. I love that I get to help transform lives and get paid for it as well. Being able to be financially free has been such a fantastic benefit for my family. We are able to spend more quality time together because I create my own schedule. We are able to explore my beautiful new home state of Colorado, travel the United States and abroad. Becoming a Life Coach has had such a positive impact on my life and the lives of others and I am so grateful.
What do you dream of? How does it make you feel? Put it into words.
When creating an affirmation about your future, really have fun with it. What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? How does it feel/taste/look/smell/sound? Get excited about it and just write!
Shorter, more personal daily affirmations can look like any of the following…
I am strong, beautiful, brave and smart.
I make good decisions and follow my heart.
I am so grateful for my body. It feels so good to eat nourishing foods, give it exercise, dress it up and give it mental, spiritual and physical love.
This brand-new day is full of beautiful possibilities. I am so excited to create and explore.
All is well
This too shall pass
Growing up Christian, my affirmations often took/take the form of scripture. My favorite?
Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer and supplication let your thoughts be known to God and the peace of God will be with your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:5-7
Why should I create/recite positive affirmations?
For those of you with anxiety, reciting positive affirmations is a great way to curb a building sense of panic. Before or during a panic attack I would use the Philippians 4:5-7, saying it again and again until a sense of peace washed over me, I knew that I was truly loved and safe.
Positive affirmations are a great way to build your bounce back muscle, keep yourself in high spirits when the world wants to pull you down and combat your own ego. The ego is so quick to bring us down and point out our flaws (You know, that negative voice in your head telling you that you’re not good enough/ unworthy etc). Positive affirmations create a mental and spiritual shield to protect you as you walk from moment to moment.
How often should you use positive affirmations?
As often as you want! I’ve gotten into the habit of saying affirmations throughout my day. It is a part of my morning routine and helps me get and stay in the right frame of mind throughout the day.
I’d love to know your thoughts! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me if you use affirmations. Have any questions? Never hesitate to reach out!
Happy Affirming my friends!