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.

Give your affirmations some structure

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
  • easy to repeat – out loud or in your head

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’.

As affirmations are seen to be part of the New Age thinking, a view backed up by the Wikipedia title “Affirmations (New Age)”, there is still quite a bit of conjecture as to the validity of using Affirmation statements. We suggest you do further reading to decide for you self.
There is a great article attached below “Why Positive Affirmations Don’t Work”, where the author suggests ‘going neutral’ before ‘going positive’. A good informative read with very practical advice.
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