Repeat affirmations that inspire and motivate you.
Positive affirmations are a great tool to re-program yourself from negative thinking to positive. The idea is to take positive statements of what you would like to see happen and repeat them enough so that they’re part of your way of thinking and seeing the world; this operates in the same way that negative self-talk does, but in a way that benefits you. To come up with your own positive affirmations, use the following guidelines:
- Look At Your Intentions: Think about what you are trying to create in your life. This means, look at the end product, and the behaviors, attitudes and traits you would like to see yourself develop in order to get there. For example; Would you like to practice more healthy lifestyle habits? (A good starting point is to imagine yourself at your ideal weight, in your ideal outfit.)
- Create Statements: Once you get an idea of what you’re aiming for, try to put that idea into a few simple statements that reflect the reality of what you want to create. Phrase the statements as if they are already true, not that you would like them to be For example, the affirmation, “I am slim and healthy,” would be better than, “I would like to be slim and healthy.” This is because you are programming your subconscious mind to believe the statements, and that helps manifest them into reality. You’re not trying to want something, you’re trying to make it so.
- Be Sure They are Positive: When making positive affirmations, be sure they’re positive! This means saying what you want to see and experience, not what you don’t want to see and experience. For example, instead of saying, “I don’t want to be fat,” or even, “I’ve stopped eating too much sugar,” use, “I’m eating what my body really needs to be healthy” or “I am a healthy weight,” Sometimes your mind doesn’t register the negative, and it just hears the concept, “fat”, which is what you’re trying to avoid.
- Make Them Realistic: Your subconscious mind can benefit from positive affirmations that stretch and expand your perspective, but if you push things too far, your ‘inner judge’ steps in and negates the affirmations. Be sure that you’re making your affirmations realistic, but hopeful as well, and positive affirmations will work for For example, the affirmation of, ‘Every day I will lose 2kg, etc.’ might feel like too much of a stretch, and your subconscious mind might ‘beg to differ’. However, ‘I will eat healthy every day’ or ‘I am healthier every day” might feel more ‘real’ to your subconscious mind. Experiment, and see what feels right to you.
Once you’ve found your affirmations, here are some fun ways to introduce positive affirmations into your life:
- Repetition: Probably the most popular way to harness the power of affirmations is to simply repeat them to yourself on a regular basis. Repeating them mentally several times in the morning or evening can be effective; repeating them aloud is even more effective because you hear them more clearly that way.
- Do-It-Yourself Recording: You can make a recording of yourself repeating positive affirmations and play it as you drive, get reading in the morning, or do other activities. Talk in a calm voice, maybe play your favorite soothing music in the background, and you have a recording tailor-made especially for your needs!
- On Post-Its: A fun way to use affirmations is to put them on post-its that you place around your house (on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror, and other places you’ll likely see them) to give yourself positive messages throughout the day. This technique can be effective on its own, or can be used with other affirmation techniques as a re-enforcer.
- Self-Hypnosis: To really increase the effectiveness of affirmations, explore the use of self-hypnosis. This is a way to really cement them into your subconscious thinking much more quickly than repeating them in your normal conscious state.
Some great affirmations for weight-loss include:
“I can accomplish anything I put my mind to”, “I am in control of my body”, “I am strong enough to achieve anything.”