My #1 Tip For Making Affirmations A Daily Part Of Your Life
Let’s face it: when you start your affirmations practice, you very quickly realize that you’ve got your work cut out for you.
For every positive thought that you think on purpose such as, “I deserve to live a life I love,” you’ve literally got a gazillion negative ones, such as, “You’re not enough and you never will be,” screaming at you. It is overwhelming like trying to build a sand castle next to the ocean water — the waves come crashing down on all of your progress and it’s discouraging.
I totally get it because I’ve been there myself.
You see, when I first started my affirmations practice, I felt like a fraud. Here I was reciting, “I am totally adequate for all situations,” that I got from Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life, and the truth was I did not feel like I was adequate for all situations.
In fact, it felt like the complete opposite.
I felt like I was doing it all wrong because I didn’t immediately believe the affirmation I was reciting.
If you can relate, I want you to know that this is totally normal. Here’s the thing about affirmations — when you recite an affirmation (also known as a mantra), you are affirming what you want.
I looked up the definition of the word “affirm,” and it means, “to state as a fact.” I don’t know about you, but I want to affirm the stuff I do want. I want to affirm my wealth, my health, my delight, my love and my joy. I absolutely do NOT want to affirm poverty, disease, sadness and heartbreak, even if that’s what I may be experiencing at this point in time in my life.
When you’re reciting affirmations, you’re pointing your mind in the direction of where you want to go, not where you are right now. It does take awhile because you’re asking yourself to try a new way of thinking. Normally, you focus on the problems, the challenges, the obstacles and the ickiness in your life. In your affirmations practice, you are being asked to focus on what you do want, where you do want to go, the solution, the positive outcome.
It takes time, determination and consistency to get the knack of it. When you want to make a change in your life, you’ve got to set yourself up for success. I am a firm believer in “out of sight, out of mind.”
My #1 tip for making affirmations a daily part of your life: put your affirmations where you can see them.
Here are five places you can include your affirmations, so that they are front and center in your mind and your life:
1. Write your affirmations in your planner.
I love planners. Lately I’ve been digging The Content Planner for my business. I’m also trying out digital planning with the Lilac Pixel Planner 2.0 . I also love CGD London’s Getting Stuff Done planner (in pink).
I’m gonna keep it real: I’m not the most artistically inclined person when it comes to drawing. I literally just write my affirmation down in big letters, so I can see them.
However, if you’re into planners, the sky is the limit. You can use washi tape, lettering pens, stickers, etc. to really make your affirmations beautiful, eye-catching and pleasing to your eye.
2. Put your affirmations on your wrist.
I am a huge fan of MantraBands bracelets. They are thoughtful and gorgeous pieces of jewelry. You can wear one and look down at your wrist throughout the day to remember what it is that you’re creating in your mind and your life.
When someone asks you about your bracelet, you can share with them why it’s important to you and how you’re using affirmations to change your life. It’s an opportunity for you positively impact the life of another person (and it all started with a, “Ooh, girl, I love your bracelet. Where did you get it?”
3. Write your affirmation on your mirror.
You can use a dry erase marker to write your affirmation on your mirror. When you recite your affirmation, look yourself in the eye and let the words land on you.
Notice any resistance or any voice inside of you that says, “This is BS.” Take a deep breath. Follow up your affirmation with, “I am open to this affirmation being true for me.”
It is your decision to stay open and to try on a new way of being that actually makes all the difference. Remember you are planting a seed and you are watering it daily with your affirmations practice.
4. Write your affirmation on an index card.
This is especially fun if you’re into lettering or drawing. Keep your index card in your wallet, your car, your desk drawer.
As your car warms up, look at your index card and recite your affirmation (Please make sure to always keep your safety first when operating a vehicle).
Take a one minute break at your desk — hold your index card in your hand and silently recite your affirmation in your mind as you look at your handwriting.
5. Write your affirmations 100 times.
Tap into your inner first grader and handwrite your affirmations out 100 times a day. It may seem monotonous, but repetition is what really will knock your affirmations practice out the park.
PRO-TIP: Write with your non-dominant hand.
This helps you to activate the other side of your brain and bring your inner child to the party. It sounds silly and it will definitely feel silly, but your affirmations practice is all about trying new things differently and showing up to your life in a new way. This includes the way you write.
The beautiful thing about these ideas is that they are relatively inexpensive and oh-so-powerful. You don’t have to break the bank to make waves in your affirmations practice. Keep your affirmations front and center and let them start to guide your thoughts, your behaviors, your relationships and your decisions.
HB, this is the part of my blog post where I remind you that you are so very worthy of a beautiful life of your own design.
Remember that every major change in your life always starts in your mind. I honor you as empowered and capable and I believe great things for you. It’s time for you to believe great things for yourself. Don’t give up. Just because you fall down doesn’t mean you have to stay down. Get back up and start over again — in your affirmations practice and your life.
Now it’s your turn. Comment below and let me know how you keep your affirmations front and center. Don’t forget to download your daily planner worksheet.
I’m cheering for you. Like you’ve written your affirmations on your heart and you’re letting them sink in.
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