Affirmations are personal statements used to drive a positive mental attitude in ourselves. Best used by repeating often the statement to yourself and frequently writing it down.
Based on the premise, ‘you are what you think‘, affirmations are thought to help some people by programming the mind into believing the concept behind the phrase.
A good structure for an Affirmation statement is:
- in the present tense
- a positive thought
- personal in nature
- specific to an aspect of life
- short and sweet
However, affirmations are not for everyone.
Researchers discuss this in the Journal of Psychological Science, concluded that repeating a positive self-statement may benefit individuals with high self-esteem, but not work so well for the people who do not have that inherit self belief. See the attached article below ‘Positive Self-Statements: Power for Some, Peril for Others’.