What are Positive Affirmations?
Positive Affirmations are described as positive statements made about yourself, your life, or your environment. These statements are typically recited out loud and are repeated several times.
Between the ages of 0 and 7, we are programmed by society with ideas and viewpoints that don’t necessarily reflect who we are as adults. Many people use positive affirmations to dismantle subconscious programming and to replace old beliefs with healthier thought patterns that align with their inner self.
The statements made can be in regard to any thought pattern or belief you’d like to improve or change. The overall goal is to repeat statements that you wish to be true for you, and that support a more positive version of yourself.
When we use affirmations, we are creating who we will become in the future based on our thoughts and beliefs.
5 Benefits of Positive Affirmations
- Reduces negative thoughts
- Increases motivation
- Helps with concentration
- Floods the subconscious with new belief systems
- Increases confidence and self-esteem
When you practice saying affirmations, you challenge the self-limiting thoughts that have been occupying your psyche for so long, and transmute them into positive, uplifting thoughts. With a more positive perspective, your motivation increases as you begin to feel empowered.
Positive affirmations can also assist with improving focus and concentration as you envision the words you recite and imagine how you would feel if they were true. Self-esteem and confidence also gain a boost as you no longer have the space to ruminate on self-limiting beliefs. Instead, you are focused on thoughts that lift you up and revitalize your spirit, lending to the motivation and drive to be better.
Why They Work
- Positive affirmations work because they help to rewire your brain. Overtime, they undue old thought patterns generated in childhood and create new, healthier belief systems.
- With continued repetition, these new ideas are solidified into your consciousness and replace outdated thoughts. When we memorize something it’s more difficult to forget it.
- Practicing positive affirmations is similar to self-hypnosis. It is a way to program your mind a certain way to create healthier beliefs.
Who Should Practice Them?
Anyone who is interested in changing old thought patterns or breaking toxic habits can benefit from positive affirmations. There are a plethora of affirmations for specific thoughts or behaviors that you’d like to target. Those who are interested in improving confidence may want to recite affirmations that uplift their spirit and advocate for self-love.
Anyone who wants to heal from codependency can practice affirmations that support strong and healthy boundaries and assertiveness.
Want to lose weight? Check out this list of 71 Powerful Positive Affirmations that you can recite to assist you on your journey.
At first, you might feel strange practicing positive affirmations, especially if you don’t believe what you are saying. Know that it takes time for it to work and you should stick with it for at least 21 days to reap the most benefits. No matter how silly you think you sound, the more you practice them the truer they will begin to feel for you.
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