5 Simple Steps for Creating Powerful Affirmations
By Natalie Ledwell / Source: Matrix Mental Traps Quiz
Do you know what the majority of the world’s most successful people have in common?
Well, besides being wealthy and sometimes famous, many of them actually use affirmations and visualization to bring their dreams and goals to reality!
One really good example is the story of Jim Carrey. Jim used to go up every night to Mulholland Drive and sit on top of his car, look out at the city, stretch out his arms and say: “Everybody wants to work with me. I’m a really good actor. I have all kinds of great movie offers.”
He would repeat these affirmations over and over until he convinced himself that he had a couple of movies lined up. But he didn’t stop there, he also wrote a check to himself for 10 million dollars, kept it in his wallet and then 6 months later he got this amount as a payment for his work on ‘Dumb and Dumber’! Not bad, huh?
As you can see, affirmations are extremely powerful and the reason is because they directly affect our conscious and subconscious mind. And by consistently repeating them with conviction and passion, they reprogram our thoughts allowing us to not only change our state of mind, but to also materialize our dreams and goals regardless of how big or crazy they may seem.
So if you’d like to follow the footsteps of some of the most successful people in the world…
Then follow these 5 simple tips to create powerful affirmations, and start manifesting your dreams right away!
1. Start with the words, “I Am…”
These two words are extremely powerful as your brain knows that you’re referring to yourself. Starting your affirmations with these two words will give your subconscious mind clarity and belief that whatever comes after them, IS your reality.
2. Write in the present tense.
When you say affirmations in present tense, you’re reassuring yourself that you believe whatever is in your affirmation, is factual and real right now.
Your mind can’t tell the difference between past or future, fake or real, this is why when you imagine yourself drinking lemon juice, you start producing saliva. Also, when your words are in the present tense, your mind can visualize the image at the same time.
3. Keep it positive.
Avoid words with negative connotations like ‘not to’, ‘don’t, ‘can’t’, ‘fear’, etc. Our minds focus more on these words instead of avoiding them. For example, if I asked you NOT TO think about a blue elephant, your mind will picture a blue elephant even though I asked you not to think about it. Instead of saying ‘I am able to get rid of stage fright’, say ‘I am enjoying the excitement of speaking on stage’.
4. Make it short and clear.
Remember that the main purpose of an affirmation is for you to be able to picture it and ingrain it into your mind. So when creating an affirmation, make it direct and specific.
5. Make it exciting.
When creating affirmations, you want to create positive, self-affirming, self-empowering statements that uplift and inspire you. So make sure you add fun and exciting words like, ‘I am ENJOYING making $100,000 a year.’
Repeat your affirmations as many times a day as you can, even when you may feel you don’t need to. Remember that consistency is key if you really want to make a positive and lasting change in your life.