What is an affirmation, and how do you begin a daily practice?
Affirmations are simple, self-confident “I am” statements. These confident statements may be said or written down. And when practiced routinely will rewire our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
If you have a negative belief or thought that makes you feel bad, you can replace it with a positive statement.
If you repeat the empowering thought to yourself regularly — for example, when the negative thought is triggered and also at pre-determined times of the day, you will come to believe it.
This positive statement will become ingrained into your implicit, automatic memory.
Our RAS and Visualization
When focusing on the affirmation statement, you direct your focus toward what you want, which will trigger your Reticular Activation System (RAS).
RAS is a small section of our brain that tunes your awareness and stimulus of your environment and creates a match for what you are focusing
Do you ever notice when you purchase a red car, you begin to see them everywhere?
Daily, we are exposed to and experience a million bits of information at any moment, yet we are only consciously aware of 2,000 of them.
If you are thinking negatively, you will be aware of the negative things around you, and if you are thinking positively, you will be made aware of the positive things.
Here is a fantastic example of RAS — you begin thinking about getting new contracts for your photography business. Your subconscious mind will direct your ears to hear the conversation in the adjacent aisle, where someone is talking about their upcoming wedding and a need for a photographer. Bingo — go and introduce yourself!
Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts
What is a belief you hold or negative thought you say to yourself regularly that you would like to replace with a more empowering, positive affirmative statement?
- On a piece of paper, jot down the negative thought and rip it up into tiny pieces.
- Next, write down a new phrase to replace the old one — this is your positive affirmation statement.
- Repeat this new positive affirmation statement at least 3-times per day (5 to 10 times each session).
- Consider posting it on your mirror, computer, or nightstand where you can see it regularly.
Engage your Mind
Take your positive affirmation further by adding a physical element — put your statement into motion, and engage your mind.
When our affirmation statements are said aloud, it sends a signal to your brain that you are serious.
If you must state your affirmation when other people are around and prefer not to draw undue attention to yourself, you can do it silently, but whenever you can, say it out loud.
Enlist your body!
What movement could you make while reciting your affirmation?
You could -
- Raise your hands into the air,
- Jump up and down,
- Or even do a fun dance!
4 Elements to Practice Successful Affirmation Statements:
- It must be believable and not fantasy (within your control).
- Must be said in the present tense (happening now), personal (I), positive (skip words like “can’t” or “don’t)
- Feel it — and be specific
- You must repeat it regularly (3–5 times per day for 21–30 days)
I believe in you; now it’s your turn!
If these tips were helpful and interested in exploring more, consider Booking a FREE Exploratory Session with me and receive my Affirmation Tutorial help guide you on your practice!
Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.
— Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Until next time … Peace and Blessings, Friends!