Ever heard the phrase “what you believe is what you get?”. It emphasizes how words reach out and affect our reality. Just as what you think about is what you become; what you become is a reflection of the affirmations you say to yourself or about yourself.
Words are powerful. That’s why people are moved by poetry, songs, prayers, and affirmations which affect the frame of mind. A sad song can make you sad regardless of how you felt before hearing it. People in a political rally listening to manifestos or in a seminar with a motivational speaker are affected by what they hear because of the power of words.
Daily affirmations can help you become a better version of yourself.
To be a better version of yourself, you have to program your mind into what you want to achieve. One of the ways you can program your mind is by creating positive affirmations that are consistent with what you visualize yourself achieving.
The human mind is like a garden, the seeds you plant would determine the produce. An affirmation primarily refers to the power of positive thinking and self-empowerment. It could be positive or negative. However, the focus here is on positive affirmations.
An affirmation is a command prompt to your subconscious mind. Your mind processes the affirmation and pulls together the necessary resources, behaviors, and feelings that are in line with that command.
If you input “I am born to win”; your attitude and performance would reflect your confidence in that assertion. Your affirmation(s) should be realistic and based on values you believe. If you don’t believe it’s possible for you; no matter how much and well you affirm that position, you would most likely fail to achieve it.
Our subconscious mind is constantly sending and receiving information. We sometimes act on this information without knowing its source. On this, Brian Tracy says, the more you find your subconscious mind with words and pictures consistent with what you want to accomplish, the more you magnetize your goals and start attracting people, opportunities, ideas and resources into your life.
You don’t need to have different affirmation for each day. Your affirmations should be a reflection of your values and what you want to achieve or become.
Major ways to get results from your affirmations.
Write down and verbalize your affirmations.
Set a time to go through them regularly, ideally at the start of your day. Writing them down gives you a clear view of what you’re aiming for and it also helps you visualize it.
Sometimes you also have to verbalize your thoughts to yourself. Or an encouraging friend to increase its effectiveness. Ever wonder why saying problems aloud can help you understand and solve them? That’s the power of verbalizing. If you wake up and say “Today’s going to be a good day”, you are most likely to have a good day.
Whether you are writing them down or saying it out loud, it is important to visualize your affirmations. You need to see it and expect it. Saying it out loud to yourself and/or sharing with other individuals or writing it down is a way of giving more life and substance to your words.
Eradicate any mind limiting thoughts.
The only limitations you have are often the limits you place on yourself. And mental barriers become physical barriers. Hence your affirmations can fuel your determination to achieve a goal. If you set your mind to a daily affirmation like “I can do it if I try”; this affirmation would in time boost your confidence and performance.
The right affirmation is an armour and a weapon. It conditions how you act and how you respond. For instance, an affirmation like ‘no matter the situation, I would always remain calm and analyze it before responding’; would help you control your response to situations.
In addition, note that when you make an affirmation, you must not doubt or be skeptical. After saying or reading it, close your eyes then visualize the words and what they mean to you so it is stamped on your subconscious mind. See it and believe it.
There should be no backup or alternative plan (in case it doesn’t work).
Having an alternative plan reduces your confidence in your affirmation. The backup plan can also become an affirmation that might run contrary to what you want to become. For instance, a student whose affirmation is “I would excel in science because I want to become a Doctor in the future”, should not also say “It’s not so bad if I don’t do well in science, I can always study Geology”.
Keep saying and believing it until you see or experience it. Daily affirmations can become a part of your life enabling you to live by your affirmation. And therefore empower you to achieve greater success in every area of your life.
In conclusion, even though you cannot always determine what goes on in the external world, you can determine what goes on in your world by what you feed your mind.
Daily affirmations are, therefore, an important step in becoming a better version of you.
Action Points to start practicing daily affirmations:
- List all the areas of your life that you desire to see an improvement.
- Craft affirmations in line with what you want to achieve in those areas of your life.
- Read those affirmations loud to yourself every day for the next 90 days.
Document what you experience happening in your life with respect to those areas. And you’ll be amazed at how much you have been missing by not doing this all along.
Love, Sekinat Sanni.