How Positive Affirmations Can Change Your Life


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How Positive Affirmations Can Change Your Life

 

You've likely heard that you should be saying positive affirmations, and you may just roll your eyes thinking it's some 'woo-woo' thing to do. You may think it's silly to say things to yourself that either you don't believe to be true, or seem unattainable. Am I right? What if you believed, "I am who God says I am," and that the benefits of saying positive affirmations are backed by science? Would you give it a try? Find out how to implement positive affirmations in your daily routine so that you can experience life-changing results!

 

Content

  1. WHAT IS AN AFFIRMATION?

  2. ORIGINS OF AN AFFIRMATION

  3. TYPES OF AFFIRMATIONS

  4. CONTROVERSY ABOUT AFFIRMATIONS

  5. THE IMPORTANCE OF DAILY AFFIRMATIONS

  6. HOW AND WHEN TO USE AFFIRMATIONS

  7. AFFIRMATION EXAMPLES YOU CAN USE

  8. ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR AFFIRMATIONS

  9. FREE PRINTABLES FOR AFFIRMATIONS

  10. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

  11. FINAL THOUGHTS

 



Affirmations


Let's take a closer look, you may find affirmations are more important than you once thought!


1. What is an Affirmation

The formal dictionary definition of an affirmation: "The action or process of affirming something or being affirmed; emotional support or encouragement." In other words, it's about taking actions or words to support and encourage someone else or yourself.


2. Origins of Affirmation

The use of affirmations can be found as far back as the Torah and the Bible. Biblical affirmations are primarily focused on one's peace and strength through the power of God. These are the types of affirmations we will focus on in this post.


Affirmations are also traced to Buddhism; using mantras, chants, and prayers to speak to the self in, "I am..." statements.


In more recent history, the early 1920s to be exact, Émile Coué de la Châtaigneraie, a French psychologist and pharmacist, introduced what we consider modern-day optimistic auto-suggestion.


3. Common Types of Affirmations

  • Being grateful

  • Being healthy + strong

  • Calm fear + anxiety

  • Help with self-esteem

  • Bring peace of mind

  • Set an attitude of success

  • Help with confidence

  • Financial security

  • Physical health

4. Controversy of Affirmations

Like many things that have to do with psychology or religion, there are controversies surrounding affirmations.


One debate claims that auto-suggestion through positive affirmations is pseudo-science. This belief is that saying a positive affirmation to oneself doesn't do any good because it's not making a change to the subconscious mind; however, there is research to the contrary. The scientific evidence proves that over time, repeated positive affirmations can change the neural pathways of the brain!


Another controversy is among some Christians who believe that saying positive affirmations goes against God's word because of the focus on the power of "self." This is another debate that can be settled by God's word itself. God affirms who we are through Him and wants the best for us. Positive affirmations are biblical and powerful as long as they are aligned with God's truth. An alternate term for biblical affirmations could be, "God's promises" for you.


5. The Importance of Daily Affirmations

By now I'm sure you get the idea that positive affirmations have been an important tool used throughout history, even used to speak healing over people's minds and bodies. When the affirmation aligns with the person's internal belief system, it is much more effective.


Positive affirmations can be an important tool to change one's perspective, bring peace of mind, let go of fear, and manage stress. The importance of what we say to ourselves, and believe, cannot be overstated.


6. How + When to Use Affirmations

You are probably thinking, "okay, okay, I get it, how do I do this?"

  • Think about the areas where you are struggling (3-5)

  • Write down a positive phrase/solution for each struggle

  • Write the positive affirmation in the present tense

  • Each morning + evening say your affirmations out loud for 10 min

  • When you say each affirmation, really feel it, see it, and believe it