Writing Affirmations

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Affirmation Writing Tips

When writing affirmations, you usually target a specific area, behaviour or belief that you are struggling with. Consider the following points to help you write affirmation statements that best fit your needs:
  • Topic - Think about an area of your life that you would like to change or behaviours that you want to work on. Be sure that it is compatible with your core values and the things that matter most to you, so that you genuinely feel motivated to achieve it.
  • Positive - If you struggle with negative self-talk, write down persistent thoughts or beliefs that bother you and choose a positive affirmation that is the opposite of that thought or belief. Ensure your affirmations are positive statements. If you tell yourself you are discarding negative behaviour and thoughts, your focus will be on those rather than on what you want to do and be. Do not use words negatives (e.g. don't, won't, am not, can't, not, doesn't, or am stopping, etc).
  • Realistic - Be sure that your affirmation is credible and achievable. Base your affirmation on a realistic assessment of the facts. Affirmations are not magic spells. If you cannot believe it, it is unlikely to impact your life.
  • First Person - Begin your affirmations with "I" or "My" whenever possible as you are making a statement about yourself. Using these are more effective as they begin with you.
  • Present Tense - Write your affirmations in the present tense, not as if they are something in the future. It is also better not use a time frame in your affirmations, such as a certain date or time period, because doing so limits when what you desire can happen.
  • Already True - Write and speak affirmations as if they are already happening as it helps you to believe that the statement is true right now. Do not start with "I want" or "I need" because you do not want to affirm that you are wanting or needing something. Instead, write your affirmations as being grateful for already having and being what you want.
  • With Feeling - Saying affirmations with feeling can be more effective when they carry emotional weight.
  • Meaningful - You need to want change to happen, so affirmations you choose to repeat should be phrased in a way meaningful to you.
  • Short - Make your affirmations as short as possible so they are easier for you to remember. Even statements as short as four or five words can be powerful.

Specific Affirmation Examples

By definition, your affirmation should be personal to you, and specific to what you want to achieve or change. Here are some examples for inspiration:
  • I am happy.
  • I am generous.
  • I am excellent at what I do.
  • I am grateful for the job I have.
  • I am enjoying working with my team.

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