6 Steps to Writing Effective Affirmations


Special Thanks to Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul – Living Your Dreams) and Colin VanderMeulen (www.positive-attitude-tips.com)

What Are Your Dreams?

If you want to accomplish anything in life, you’ve got to commit to wanting that success in your life. The fascinating power of the subconscious enables you to get there much faster once you place that wish into vivid powerful focus. Here are some ideas for aspects of your life you may wish to improve:

•    Finances
•    Relationships (with yourself and others)
•    Health
•    Career or business
•    Emotions and Attitude
•    Spirituality

Done? Excellent!

Now you’re ready to tweak that wish list into effective affirmation statements. Take each of the items from your list and reword each one according to the steps below.

6 Easy Steps

1.    Begin with the words “I am”. They are extremely powerful. Your subconscious brain takes those words as a command to begin working on whatever follows those two words.

2.    Stay positive. Remember we’re talking about positive affirmations here. To create an effective affirmation, state what you want. Your subconscious mind thinks in pictures, so you want to avoid thinking about what you don’t want. For example, if you state that you are no longer sick, you probably still get a picture in your mind of you being sick. Rephrase it to say what you want instead. If you want to be healthy, say so. Try something like “I am healthy and energetic. My body is in perfect working order.”

3.    Keep it in the present. You want your subconscious mind to see your goal as existing. If you phrase it in the future tense, you’re training your subconscious to keep you in a state of waiting for something to come. Here’s an example: “I am energetic and alive at my ideal weight of 175.”

4.    Keep it short. Just because it’s easier to remember that way.

5.    Be specific. It’s hard for your brain to work on making something real if the goal is fuzzy. It’s also hard for you to measure how far you’ve come in achieving your goal if you’re not specific about what you desire. Specifying 175 in your weight goal, for example, is better than simply saying you want to be slimmer.

6.    Put some emotion into it. What would it feel like to achieve your goal? Try to come up with one or two key emotions and include those in your affirmation. If you look again at the weight example above, you’ll notice it included the feelings energetic and alive. If you’re having trouble figuring out exactly what it would feel like, just use the words happy and grateful. Example: “I am so happy and grateful now that I’ve reached my goal of weighing 175.”

Once you’ve done this you’re finally ready to make a list of all your dreams in the form of personal affirmations.

Here are some examples:

“I am calmly and enthusiastically answering all the questions during my job interview”
“I am successfully and happily earning $60,000 working as an executive assistant at Google”
“I am joyfully looking at my trim and fit 135-pound body in the mirror”
“I am so excited and refreshed to be completing the 25-mile NYC Marathon”
“I am happily and peacefully married to the woman of my dreams who is charming, beautiful, smart and loving”

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