Joy And Success Are The Result Of Daily Choices
Affirmations for success are much more than new-agey cliches, they are in fact, very helpful in everyday life. They can be used to boost your confidence, lift your mood, and improve your self-esteem. When you go through your day with joy and confidence, it opens new opportunities for success and creates a memorable impression on the people around you.
What are they? Affirmations for success are simple statements that you say to yourself, over and over, to reinforce positive thoughts and feelings. Think of them as practice-makes-perfect statements for your soul.
And the best thing about affirmations is how they can be personalized to a specific person, situation, and/or issue.
What’s the point of positive affirmations for success?
We keep our bodies healthy with the right foods, the right amount of exercise and medical attention when we need it.
We keep our minds healthy by keeping our self-esteem high and living a life of confidence and success which is the result of a positive attitude.
Healthy minds are ones that aren’t dimmed by stress, insecurities, guilt, and regret, all of which can be cured by a positive attitude. So if self-esteem, confidence, and success are the result of a positive attitude, then it’s worth learning how to develop a positive attitude!
Positive affirmations are a great way to start. They’re free, personalized and can be done anywhere. You can use them for any situation imaginable, and you can make them as short or long as you wish.
How to use positive affirmations for success
I think it’s worth pointing out that you don’t have to state your affirmations in the mirror every morning. Unless you want to, of course.
You can state them once a day, five times a day, or repeatedly, like prayers or mantras. When you first begin using them, schedule them into your daily routine until they become a habit.
For example, you could say them before every meal, when you wake up and when you go to bed, or at other times of the day that work for you. If you’re really struggling to include them, set an alarm on your phone to remind you “now is the time to do my affirmations.”
How to phrase your affirmations
When we try to get to the bottom of things we want, we often start by stating all the things we don’t want. A process of elimination that gets us to the point we want to be at. With positive affirmations, your statement needs to be phrased in a positive way.
In other words, avoid words like “don’t,” or any other version of it. As clever as our brains are, when they hear the word “don’t,” they think that’s what you want.
Affirmations should also be specific, so be clear and state exactly what you want.
Here are some examples:
- Instead of “I won’t eat junk food anymore,” (too negative) try: I’m capable of eating better, exercising better, and earning more than I do now.
- Instead of “I want to be happy,” (too vague) try: I have within me the power to change my daily habits and make time to enjoy life more.
- Instead of “I will think positively and be a good person,” (too futuristic, not based in the here and now) try: I am too valuable to give in to negative thoughts and low actions.
How to make sure you believe your affirmations so that they will work
A lot of positive affirmations make it feel like we’re “lying” to ourselves and unfortunately, all the positive thoughts in the world won’t help if you don’t believe what you’re saying or trying to convince your brain that it’s true.
Something like “I feel joy everyday” might feel false and therefore it fails to help you actually feel the joy you want in your day.
But a statement like “I choose” or “I believe” IS true. It’s something our mind and body can believe in even before we see the tangible results in front of us.
No matter how much we want it to be true, an affirmation like, “I am 100% fit and healthy,” is not going to turn you into a fit and healthy person if you’re sitting on the couch, eating potato chips, and fully aware that this is not a fit and healthy way to live.
But, an affirmation like, “I am becoming a fit and healthy person,” will help you make smarter choices. When you tell yourself “I am becoming a fit and healthy person,” it gets harder to reach for the potato chips and harder to skip your daily exercise routine.
If you tell yourself that you’re becoming a fit and healthy person, you’re more likely to take the stairs instead of the elevator or pass up that cookie after lunch.
It’s the CHOICES that make you FEEL fit and healthy. But it’s the affirmations that will train your mind to make those healthy choices.
And that’s where my favorite daily affirmation comes in.
I am…I choose…I believe
This is one of the most powerful tools you can use to keep yourself in a space that’s productive, inspiring, and heading towards your goals, whatever they may be.
And it’s a very simple process.
Grab yourself a pen and on a piece of paper start by writing the words “I am” then fill in the blank. You can write as many “I am” statements as you like, but I suggest a nice round number like 5, or even 3.
The next step is writing “I choose” and filling in the blanks, again as many times as you like.
You can probably guess what step 3 is going to be, but I’ll state it anyway: Write “I believe” and fill in the blanks.
You can do this exercise as a general attitude upgrade or for a specific thing. Here’s an example I might use if I was going to take up something crazy like extreme sports:
I am the kind of person who gets stronger every time I exercise.
I am capable of pushing myself beyond my comfort zone.
I am willing to commit to a daily routine until I reach my goals.
I choose to learn from my failures and how to turn them into successes.
I choose to try exciting new things.
I choose to feel my fear and do it anyway.
I believe I am safe, sensible and capable of many things I haven’t tried yet.
I believe I can and will achieve each and every one of my goals.
I believe I deserve to be successful in all areas of my life.
A few more examples of positive affirmations for success
If you’re struggling to come up with ideas or if you’re looking for something shorter to work with, here are another few examples, you can play with.
- I believe that the limitations of a few generations ago have disappeared and today we have the tools to change our lives ourselves.
- I choose to do my best at work and earn that promotion.
- I am the designer of my own life. I build its foundation and choose its contents.
- I believe a river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.
- I choose to be more patient with my kids
- I believe I deserve to be successful in my career and relationships
Affirmations need to be believable, inspiring, and repeated often
Positive affirmations are a great way to remind yourself that you have the ability to become the person you want to be, no matter what age you are today.
You are in control of your life, you are capable of making the right decisions for yourself, and you choose how to live the rest of your life.
In fact, that’s another fantastic affirmation right there that you can use. Just replace “you” with “I.”
See how easy that is?
Which affirmation are you excited to start using today?