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Make a list of positive affirmations
The idea that positive thinking is at the core of positive developments and manifestations is now more than one hundred years old. It is thought to have been born out of Wallace Wattles’s 1910 book, The Science of Getting Rich. One of the primary tenets of the ideology is the value of affirmation.
By definition, an affirmation is “the action or process of affirming something” as well as “emotional support or encouragement”. In the New Thought movement, an affirmation is defined as “a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one’s self and written down frequently”. As they are formulated, attention is directed so that they are “present tense, positive, personal, and specific”.
Louise Hay, may be one of the original ‘self-help’ gurus as her book You Can Heal Your Life has had a permanent place on the bestseller list for that genre since its publication in 1984 – more than 30 years. She teaches the power of affirmations and offers specific instruction on how to craft them for effectiveness.
An affirmation – as mentioned earlier – needs to be:
Personal – I, my life, I know, I believe, I trust
Positive – absolute, all, always, in fact, everyday, at all times, in every way.
Specific – (naming the ‘thing’ that you want to affirm)
Present – now, as I breathe, in this moment, at this time, here, am, is.
Example: I am (Personal) always (positive) extending compassion (the ‘thing’) as I breathe (present moment).
It doesn’t have to be in that exact order or using only those words of course. The internet has a gazillion examples of you need help choosing the ones that are meaningful to you.
For many of us, the use of affirmations is a way of teaching ourselves a new language. It’s a way to overturn critical and negative self talk with something encouraging and healthy. Instead of a personal beratement of “I never do anything right” – the affirmation of “I am always learning from mistakes I have made”.
I recommend making a set of flashcards – just like you would if you were learning a new language vocabulary (because you are) – and practice them on a regular basis. I’ve had clients who kept them in their car, their purse, on their nightstand, etc. and reviewed them several times a day. Eventually, they become memorized and etched in our mindsets just like the vocabulary we learned as students.
Consider for a few minutes, those positive elements that you want to become more pronounced in your day-to-day life and …
Create a list of positive affirmations.
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