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Using affirmations can be a good way to build up confidence and self-esteem, as well as guiding you towards changes in behavior and furthering your goals in life. This article will help you get started!
- Gather your materials: you will need a notebook, pen or pencil, or use your computer. You may also want to have a book or other source of inspiration.
- Think carefully about what you want your affirmations to help you accomplish. If you don't have clear ideas about this it will be difficult to impossible to create your affirmation list. As an example if you want to use affirmations to improve your health the focus might be very different than if you wish to improve your self-esteem.
- If you want to make many changes in your life, narrow the scope down to two to three areas for use in your affirmations list.
- Write down the one to three things you are going to use to focus your affirmations.
- Research the areas (if you haven't already) of your focus. This research could be done through meditation, journaling, talking with a friend, reading, even watching TV. For example if I wanted to use affirmations to help with exercising more regularly I will get better results if I know more about what has been helpful for others in becoming more fit.
- Start writing affirmations which you know have at least a smidgen of truth about them. In the exercise example this might be a place to start: I am willing to park farther from the store because I know even a little bit more exercise helps me toward my goal of better health.
- The more concrete, detailed and specific your affirmations are, the better you can visualize them, the more effective they can be. So after you have 2 or 3 affirmations written, read them to yourself slowly, aloud, and then see how strongly you believe they are true, or at least sometimes are true.
- Read your affirmations at least twice a day, each time try to think of how true they are to your actual behavior.
- During your day be curious about adding something else to your list. For the exercise example this could be anything which might contribute to exercise, such as "I am a person who sometimes enjoys going for a walk", "Playing with my dog brings me joy."
- Over time discard affirmations that do not appeal to you. As you become more confident about a behavior you may find that more global affirmations such as "I am a person who is committed to improving my health through exercise" ring true and are either super effective or are so true that they aren't even necessary.
- The general principle is to make sure you start your affirmations with where you are now and who you are now, appreciating the good qualities you already have and the progress you have made without even being aware of it.
- Do your best! Affirmations can be dangerous if you simply use them to criticize or beat yourself up.
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