Positive affirmations for confidence and other improvement in life are statements that you repeat to yourself regularly, silently or out loud, that help you to focus on your goals and maintain a positive outlook. When used correctly, they can help you to overcome self-doubt and negativity, and boost your confidence levels. In this article, I will take a look at the benefits of using positive affirmations for confidence, weight loss, success, and abundance, and provide you with some examples of positive affirmations that you can start using today.
How do affirmations work?
Affirmations are very powerful and they can help you achieve success in life, but how do affirmations work? We explain below, along with some tips for creating them.
Affirmations are short, positive statements, set in the present tense, that are meant to reflect the condition or state of mind you want to achieve. Affirmations are a great tool for overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. Repeating affirmations in a confident self-assured manner can help you step into a new life. Affirmations work because they help you believe that you have already achieved or accomplished your goals.
Affirmations work in tandem with the subconscious mind, which does not differentiate between reality and imagination. Affirmations help you replace those self-defeating and destructive thoughts that are typically repeated in your mind day in and day out.
The adage that “thoughts become things” really is true because more often than not, your thoughts are your own worst enemy.
This ‘inner critic”, or that part of you that continually tells you that you aren’t good enough, smart enough or strong enough, poisons your mind, causing you to believe that you don’t have what it takes to be successful in life. If you repeat something often enough, your mind eventually starts believing it, even if it is not a healthy thought – and that’s the key to it. If you allow that inner dialogue to continue to pump doubt, fear, and gloom into your mind, that’s how you will act and feel.
Affirmations work because they help you combat negative thinking because whatever you continually focus on or think about eventually becomes your way of life. Affirmations work by helping you reprogram your thinking and change those neural networks you’ve created by negative thinking.
The Subconscious Mind
Believe it or not, the average person has anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day, and many of these thoughts are negative or self-defeating. It’s mostly negative self talk that undermines our self confidence. Using affirmations, you can begin to change those thoughts, at a very deep level of the mind, turning negative self talk into positive self talk.
Affirmations help you:
- Shift your thinking
- Think more positively
- Embrace change
- Boost self confidence
- Control subconscious thoughts
- Reduce negative self talk
Repeating these short, but powerful statements, helps you reshape your thinking and reshape your unconscious mind. You can repeat affirmations by stating them out loud or silently in your mind – and you can also do them in front of a mirror, which is very powerful. Affirmations can help you improve any area of life.
They can help you achieve better health, help you improve your business success or even help you develop a healthier intimate relationship. Affirmations help you boost your thought processes, so you start thinking more healthily.
What You Think Of – You Become!
If someone tells you or you read the instruction ‘think of a red bus‘ and then the instruction ‘don’t think of a red bus‘ the result is the same. You will see an image of a red bus in your mind.
That’s why affirmations are designed to affirm the positive. They do not use negative statements. They never say, for example, I don’t want to be poor, because that would put the idea of poverty into your brain.
Whatever you think of and focus on, you become, so if you want to be more successful in life, you have to start thinking differently. In other words, as mentioned above, your thoughts become things. If you are constantly telling yourself that you struggle with money, then that is what you believe. The Law of Attraction works because like attracts like, so thinking attracts like thinking. If you want to create a new life, you have to start by changing your thoughts, at that subconscious level.
Say It With Feeling
Repeating affirmations alone is not enough. They only work if put some feeling into them. This is the vital ingredient that makes the difference between the magic working or just wasting your time. It’s not enough to just ‘think happy thoughts‘ in some vague way, you have to say them with the conviction of feeling.
On the one hand, we need to engage our cognitive faculties to engage with the meaning of what we are saying. By thinking about the positive qualities that we want to cultivate and focusing on their importance, we lay the groundwork for creating change from within.
On the other hand, simply thinking about these things does very little if we are unable to connect with them emotionally. Without emotion, our positive affirmations become flat and lifeless, like a string of empty platitudes floating aimlessly through space.
For this reason, we must approach our affirmations not only with thought but also with feeling – by clearly imagining how things will be once they become a reality while respecting their transformative power within our lives. With emotion at its core, this deep-seated belief system can take root in our hearts and minds and help us achieve lasting transformation at every level.
Affirmations For Manifesting Change
Affirmations help you embrace change and move towards the life you want to be living. They can help you overcome obstacles and things in life that might be holding you back and they are extremely powerful. Affirmations work at a very deep level of the mind, helping you replace old, worn-out thinking with new more prosperous thinking. When you affirm something you redirect your energy, which can help you move forward in life.
Affirmation cards are another tool for promoting mental health and emotional well-being. These small, hand-held cards can be used by anyone to help cultivate positive thoughts and emotions. They typically feature positive messages or uplifting images designed to inspire the user, helping them to stay focused on their goals and affirm their self-worth.
Whether you are struggling with feelings of self-doubt or simply looking for a creative way to brighten your day, affirmation cards can provide an invaluable source of support and encouragement.
Keep a deck of them to hand and give them a shuffle while you contemplate what you need to focus on that day, then split the deck and read the card. You might be surprised by the result. Or leave individual cards in random places where they might be seen by chance by you or other members of your household.
Example of a Negative Affirmation
Can you see what’s wrong with these two statements? At first they appear to be motivational, but the message is neutral/negative.
Note how the first half of the affirmation is in the future tense, not the present tense. Nor is it in the first person. What it should say is, “I am okay” but even that is a bit bland. Who wants to be just okay.? We are amazing!
The second half is meant to say that you have no choice but to be okay because the Universe is making it so, but in itself its a negative affirmation. It’s saying, “You have no choice“. What will the subconscious mind make of that? It will probably generate a sense of resignation and gloom, as if life is out of your control.
Examples of Affirmations
Affirmations for Wealth & Abundance
Repeating affirmations for wealth and prosperity can help you shift your thinking, so you begin to think in a more prosperous manner. Affirmations for wealth and prosperity could include statements such as:
- I am a success in everything I do.
- I am a magnet for money.
- Money comes to me easily and effortlessly.
- Everything I touch is a success.
- I am wealthy.
- I am abundance.
- I have all the money I need to live an abundant life.
Affirmations for Health
Affirmations can also be used for health purposes as well. Typical affirmations for health could include statements such as:
- I am getting better and better each and every day.
- I am healthy and vibrant.
- I deserve and have good health.
- I enjoy optimal health and wellness.
- I am healing.
- I am strong.
Affirmations for Confidence
Many of us grow up not feeling self confident and self assured and as a result, we don’t think highly enough about ourselves. Using affirmations for self confidence can go a long way to helping you feel better about yourself, which will help you live a happier and more successful life. Typical affirmations for confidence could include statements such as:
- Confidence comes easily to me.
- I am confident and self-assured.
- I deserve the best because I am the best.
- I am successful and confident in how I present myself to the world.
- I am powerful.
- I am amazing.
Try these while looking at yourself in the mirror. You might find it difficult at first. They may generate feelings of unease. You might feel foolish. These are symptoms of the resistance by a lack of self worth or self love that’s programmed into your mind by years of negative self talk or unhealthy personal relationships, so keep pushing until you break it down and reprogram your mind to accept yourself fully and confidently, filling yourself with a new sense of self worth.
If you have a challenging event ahead, like an interview, a social event, a presentation at work, or anything that makes you feel nervous and lacking in confidence, combine these affirmations with some deep abdominal breathing.
Affirmations For Losing Weight
Weight loss can’t be achieved by using affirmations alone. You’ll still need to combine sensible, healthy eating with moderate exercise, but what they can do is help you to push through to your goal on those days when you feel you’re not making any progress, or you feel your self-discipline is growing weak. Here are some examples of affirmations for weight loss.
- I am healthy and vibrant.
- I enjoy optimal health and wellness.
- I deserve the best because I am the best.
- My body is strong and able to lose weight easily.
- The weight comes off easily and effortlessly.
- I have all the energy I need to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Tips for Creating Affirmations
- Make them short and believable
- State them in the present tense
- Create affirmations that evoke emotion
- Practice affirmations
- Repeat them every day
- Visualise your dream life
The more you repeat affirmations, the better and faster they work. Start focusing on your new life, and on those things you want, need and desire, and you will become a manifesting magnet in no time at all. The truth is that change is an inside job, and you are worth the effort.