Learn positive affirmations
Take control of your thoughts
Did you know that you have an average of 65,000 thoughts a day? According to a study by the American Science Institute, around 80% of these thoughts are identical to the ones you had the day before. And those thoughts affect how you feel—that, too, has been scientifically proven. What you think affects your physical and mental health, as well as how your life unfolds. Because: Negative thoughts lead to negative behaviors, which in turn lead to negative experiences, negative emotions and in turn to the same negative thoughts. This cycle of thoughts and feelings, which is always the same, ensures that essentially everything in your life stays the same.
But don’t forget: You are not at the mercy of your thoughts. On the contrary, you can shape them, influence them and use them to your advantage. These are the basics of positive affirmations – here you will learn all about this technique and how you can integrate it into your life today. To stop the negative carousel of thoughts and feelings that are holding you back.
What are positive affirmations?
Affirmations, autosuggestions, motivational quotes or mantras, are short, meaningful sentences that you can use to take control of your thought processes.
They are a psychological tool that you can use to break through deadlocked, negative thought and behavior patterns and replace them with positive ones. This is how you program your subconscious to focus on the good and the goals in your life. So positive affirmations are one of the most powerful mental techniques – and you can take advantage of them! Affirmations are applicable in all areas of life and can positively affect your career as well as your sleep, wealth, health and relationships.
How do positive affirmations work?
Your mind influences your actions far more than any other part of your body. Positive thoughts lead to positive situations in your life – and vice versa. When you make positive affirmations a part of your daily life and thinking, you train your mind to stay in positive thought patterns.
Repeat your affirmations several times a day – you can either think them or say them out loud. In this way, the statements are anchored in your subconscious and thus in your thought processes, and you will soon perceive them as part of your reality. So, with the help of positive affirmations, you can program yourself and your thinking on who you want to be, what you want to achieve and how. So you lay the foundation for your desired life with your thoughts.
“Practicing affirmations cements the desired outcome. By constantly affirming yourself and your goals, you can further sharpen your focus on them.”
How do I formulate positive thoughts?
The three pillars of effective positive affirmations are self-acceptance, self-love, and self-confidence. They should be statements that you believe in and that evoke a strong emotional reaction in you – you know best what those are! Use the following tips to formulate effective, positive thoughts:
Instead of, “I’d like to make more money,” think, “I’m making more and more money.”
Instead of, “I don’t want to be unhappy anymore,” think, “I’m happy.”
Instead of, “I would give anything to not have to think about my ex anymore,” say, “I’m free of my ex.”
Tip:Always determine the content of your personal positive affirmations yourself! You know best what is really important to you. They are your highly personal desires and beliefs. Let yourself be inspired by others, but don’t adopt “foreign” beliefs as your own. Depending on personal experiences and associations, the same affirmations affect everyone differently. Therefore, choose phrases to which you feel a personal emotional connection.
How long does it take for positive affirmations to work?
Like so many things, this varies from person to person. But if you repeat your affirmations several times a day, you should notice a change after about a month. This change may be small or big, but you will find that the direction is right. Go ahead – your brain needs some time to create new connections, synapses, that anchor your affirmations into your thought process. After about three to four months you will notice that they have become an integral part of your thinking and perception. You will be more grateful and happier and your dream life will start to manifest in reality.
Positive affirmations set positive thought processes in motion, so they work over time. So they are not a quick fix with an immediate effect. But as is well known, constant dripping wears away the stone – and constant, goal-oriented thoughts shape the life you strive for.
You can display personal affirmations widgets, which are windows with encouraging affirmations and motivational quotes on your mobile phone’s home screen. Whenever you see them, they will put you in a positive mood and remind you of your goals and desires. They always put a smile on your face and you stay positive all day long.
Stars and their positive affirmations
Countless stars and starlets speak openly about their success stories and how important affirmations were and are for them:
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, for example, takes at least 15 minutes a day to practice affirmations. She says that it is because of this ritual that she has been able to achieve her greatest successes. Thanks to the affirmations, she says she is also able to stay strong and face the high demands of her highly competitive industry on a daily basis. US television icon Oprah Winfrey, former first lady Michelle Obama, Hollywood stars Jim Carrey, Denzel Washington and Will Smith, among others, also use affirmations in their daily lives.
Just like these successful and wealthy people, you too are in control of your own success story – be it personal or professional. One thing is certain: it begins nowhere else but in your mind!
“‘I’m young and ageless.’ – I tell myself that a few times every day. It sounds like clichéd nonsense, but it’s not. Age is only in the mind. Look at Jane Fonda!”