Derived from the Latin word affirmare, affirmation means to assert. It is also a term often used to describe a form of autosuggestion applied to produce desired results in various areas of our lives.
The sum total of the thoughts and feelings going on inside you is the reality that manifests in your life. Affirmations help to harness your power to influence your life in a positive manner. As much as you may want certain aspects of your life to improve or change all together, chances are you will need to retrain your thought patterns to help initiate this transformation. Your subconscious mind is much like a tape recorder ~ it absorbs your thoughts and sends them back to you in the form of your actual reality. You have the ability to send only or mostly positive thoughts its way, resulting in the life you wish to live not only in your mind, but also in actuality.
You can use affirmations all areas of your life. Here are some of the more popular choices:
There are several ways to make a habit out of reaffirming what you want to bring about in your life with the use of daily affirmations.
The best way to begin is by writing a list of affirmations so you can focus directly on your goals. Try to be specific while leaving room for the Universe to interpret how to help you make your goals a reality. As humans, we so often get fixated on the ‘how’ of things happening, in addition to the ‘what.’ It’s comforting to think you know what you want, and if so, certainly ask for it but leave the path to how it manifests open to interpretation. If you are seeking change in a certain area but are not sure just what it is or how you want to see that change in your life, merely ask for guidance and/or opportunities in your affirmations, such as: my relationships are now loving and peaceful and I ask for guidance in helping them to remain so.
You can go over your affirmations in the shower each morning (it is beneficial to begin the day on a positive note and affirmations can help set the tone) or before bed each night. You can say them silently in your head or out loud in the mirror to yourself. I find that writing my affirmations on index cards works best for me. This way I can take the cards with me where ever I go and read over them as opportunities arise throughout the day. I love to sit in the sun during my lunch break, and I often read over my affirmations after I finish eating.
Some people find it beneficial to post their affirmations in places where they know they will be spending time, such as on their computer monitor, bathroom mirror or near the kitchen sink ~ anywhere they will be reminded to focus on their current affirmation goals.
It’s best to focus on three or four affirmations every month or so, that way your mind does not get overwhelmed and has the opportunity to focus on your specific goals. Always word your affirmations in the present and in a positive manner. By attaching excitement and emotions to your affirmations, along with pro-active actions to encourage conclusive results, you can assist in bringing about positive change to your life, now and in the future.