Monday, 4 May 2015

7 Ways To Make Affirmations Work For You

Nearly every individual who has ever trained others in personal development and self-help, has emphasized using affirmations to enhance one's positive attitude. Perhaps the best way for us to think about an affirmation is merely by looking at the word affirm in the route of that word, and to understand that unless one uses positive, present tense terminology and statements, he is not truly affirming anything that will have any sort of significant impact. In my over three decades of involvement in leadership training and personal development/ self-worth, I have consistently stressed that affirmations are an extremely important, proactive behavior, that often makes a significant difference in one's mindset and attitude, it only gets the most desirable result when these statements are personal, present tense, and stated in a positive manner. If you want to make them work to your optimal benefit, here are 7 Ways to Make Affirmations Work For You.

1. Make your affirmations personally meaningful. Don't merely state things that you believe to be either politically correct, what others do (or you believe expect of you), overly general, or of less than directly relevant to what most matter to you. They will have little impact if they are not statements related to what concerns you, you care about, or will have the desirable impact of motivating you to persist and persevere towards the goals you seek.

2. Always use positive statements. For example, those that look to lose weight, should avoid saying things like, "I'm going to go on a diet," or "I will lose weight," or even worse, "I will look better than I do now." Rather, state it in a more positive way, such as, "My sleek, fit body, makes me feel better, and perform to the best of my abilities."

3. Make your list of affirmations no less than five items, nor more than ten. Each must be personally essential and relevant, and you must really care about these things deeply. Think about what matters most to you, and how you can become the best you can be, and then base your affirmations on those needs or desires.

4. Write them down. The mere act of putting things to paper is a significant, impactful first step in enhancing your positive attitude and behaviors. In addition, doing this, makes it far more important and relevant.

5. Read your personal affirmation list aloud (in private), to yourself, preferably in front of a mirror (so you can look yourself in the eye and truly come to believe your words). Some believe they can't accept stating things in a positive way, and in the present, when that is not yet the case, but it is important to realize that only when your mind comes to believe and accept that you are that way, will the end result occur! You must do this, every day, at least three times per day.

6. Commit to do this every single day, and make it an imperative component of your daily routine.

7. Re-visit your list every 30 days, evaluate your progress, and tweak your Affirmations, to address your evolving needs. Once you begin with using these, it is essential that you continue the process, continuously and seriously, for at least twelve months.

Don't treat this process as a mere exercise or some sort of philosophy. Rather, use these 7 Ways to Make Affirmations Work For You!

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years. Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website: and LIKE the Facebook page for leadership planning:
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