We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” But did you know that the same thinking applies to your thoughts? When you fill your mind with positive and uplifting thoughts, you are reprogramming your subconscious mind and creating positive results in your life. Positive affirmations are an effective technique that many successful people use to transform their thoughts and get the results they want in their careers, relationships and health.
The power of positive affirmations can be transformative for life coaching clients. When people are struggling with limiting beliefs, bad habits or low self-confidence, there is a lot of negative self-talk happening inside their heads. For many people, it can be more comfortable living in a state of negativity, no matter how much they assert that positivity is what they truly want.
Using positive affirmations to counteract that tendency can be a very powerful tool to teach your coaching clients. In fact, positive affirmations can even help coaches to be more effective with their clients. As a daily practice, the use of positive affirmations has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and to increase happiness levels.
What Are Positive Affirmations?
Simply put, affirmations are positive statements that describe a goal or state of mind that you wish to achieve. The key to an affirmation is that it needs to be stated as if it has already been achieved. Stating your affirmation in the present tense will allow you to begin to retrain your mind from living in negative self-talk to living in a space full of positivity and promise.
Negative thoughts keep us small. When we feel small, we are less likely to achieve our goals and make our dreams a reality. Eliminating these harmful thoughts and replacing them with helpful thoughts has the ability to free us from feeling stuck in our small selves. Positive affirmations act as mental reminders that our goals are achievable. They counteract the negative affirmations that keep our focus on the obstacles that prevent us from succeeding.
3 Guidelines for Creating Positive Affirmations That Work for You
Begin Your Affirmations with “I Am…” Statements
Starting with these two words acts as a strong message to your brain. It signals that you already possess the state or goal that you want in your life. When you wish to create more happiness, an affirmation like “I want to be happy” is focused on a future state. Instead, affirming “I am happy” makes it a present reality.
Give Your Affirmations a Positive Tone
When you are creating your positive affirmations, it is most effective to state them in a positive way. Let’s say your goal is to feel more comfortable in your body. An affirmation with a negative tone might be “I will not eat food that is bad for my body.” Instead, reword this thought in a positive light: “I am satisfied by eating food that nourishes my body.” See the difference?
Keep Your Affirmations Short and Sweet
Affirmations work best when they are easy to remember. Keep your positive affirmations short and specific. If you have a hard time remembering your affirmations, write them down in a place where you will see them often. Many people choose to keep them as a screensaver on their smartphone. Others write them on sticky notes and put them on their bathroom mirror.
Making Positive Affirmations Work for You
Positive affirmations are statements that are deeply meaningful to the person they belong to. What resonates with one person will not necessarily resonate with another. The following is a list of positive affirmations that may serve as inspiration for you as you begin to create your own affirmations.
20 Positive Affirmations for Life
I accept and love myself as I am.
I always achieve what I set out to accomplish.
I am creative and great ideas come to me easily.
I am worthy of success.
I forgive myself for the past.
I trust myself and the decisions I make.
I am loved and cherished by those around me.
My relationships are strong and healthy.
I attract money with ease.
My life is good.
My body is beautiful and perfect as it is right now.
I care for my body with healthy food and exercise.
I am able to find the positive in any situation that comes my way.
I am calm and peaceful even in times of stress.
I am attracting good things all the time.
I am excited to see what this day holds for me.
I have everything I need within me.
I always have control over my life.
I am at peace with my past relationships.
I have a career that I love.
The power of positive affirmations can be transformative for many people. When repeated regularly and with enthusiasm, they have the ability to retrain our brains and help us create the lives that we want.
Do you use positive affirmations in your day-to-day life? How have they helped you change your mindset and remove mental or emotional blocks?