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I have been introduced to affirmations a few times in my life, but not until recently did I understand or believe them. I’m far from an expert on them and have introduced them into my life through my bullet journal to try to improve my life and I hope that they help you too.
Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. They are positive statements that we say about ourselves. A way of reprograming our thinking patterns so that we begin to think and act differently. They also make you more aware of your thought process, to then challenge negative thoughts.
To clarify affirmations are not mumbo jumbo there is neuroscientific evidence that positive affirmations can help improve your outlook. If you want to read more about this evidence go and have a look at this article “Positive Daily Affirmations: Is There Science Behind It?“.
Negative self talk turns into self fulfilling prophesies.
How to Write an Affirmation
If you have looked at lots of affirmations and found none that you like, you should try coming up with your own through the following process. I created a brain dump in my bullet journal (you can see above) for working through this process.
- Make a list of what you have always thought of as your negative qualities. Don’t censor or judge them just write them down
- Look for common themes ie. body image or negative thoughts about your intelligence.
- Now you need to write a positive affirmation about your chosen theme. Use powerful language, get out your thesaurus if you need to. For instance, my theme is my confidence in business, so the positive affirmation I came up with was “I am exceedingly great at anything I put my mind to”.
If you need more information about writing affirmations, take a look at “How to write your own affirmation” on the Dummies website.
A List Of Affirmations For You To Use
If you’re not comfortable coming up with your own, here are a few that I like.
- I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
- I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.
- I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.
- (If you’re married) My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day.
- I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.
- Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given.
- Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.
- I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.
- I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.
- My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away.
How To Use An Affirmation
The process below is how I use affirmations, I do it at least 3 times a day. I also write my affirmations out in my bullet journal daily.
Take three deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling to a count of 10.
Stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Smile, if it feels natural.
Say your affirmation (or list of positive affirmations) slowly and clearly.
Repeat the affirmation(s) 3-5 times, really focusing on the meaning of each word.
Take another three deep breaths, allowing your body to absorb the positive feeling of the affirmation(s).How To Use Daily Positive Affirmations With The Law of Attraction http://www.thelawofattraction.com/positive-daily-affirmations/
Using affirmations is a practice of recognizing and changing your thoughts on a daily basis. Just like anything it takes practice and perseverance as it won’t work with out these things.
Thoughts become things, choose the good ones.Mike Dooley
Bullet Journal Notebooks:
- Rhodia Goalbook comes set up for bullet journaling and is fountain pen friendly
- Official Bullet Journal Leuchtturm1917 built for bullet journaling by the creator
- Nuuna I love the funky covers on these books
- Mumsy and Bub – This company makes beautiful vegan travelers notebooks. I have 3 of them 2 A5 and 1 B6 sized.
- Staedtler triplus fineliners I have these in the 36 pack and love them
- Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Pilot Metropolitan (MR3) fountain pen A great beginners fountain pen
- Lamy Safari fountain pen I’m a little obsessed with these pens, they are great and write amazingly
- Diamine Shimmer inks I love these inks shimmer and non shimmer alike
- Faber-Castell pitt artist pens
- Crayola supertips Great for highlighting, colouring and faux calligraphy