The whole power of affirmations really only dawned on me once they’d already been in my life for a number of years. Especially when I discovered 2 key ways to write better affirmations.
I got into the world of self-development and the power of the mind when I was in my early 20’s and coupled with a million other priorities at that age such as brunch dates with girlfriends, climbing the corporate career ladder and all of the other typical 20 something dramas to deal with – positive thinking made sense to me, yet I didn’t fully appreciate its role.
And despite it always being prevalent in my life, it really wasn’t until years later that I truly appreciated how powerful this stuff really was. It wasn’t until the fourth person had said to me ‘Chelsea you are so lucky with money’, to which I affirmed with a tongue in cheek manner, ‘Yup, money comes easily and frequently!’. It rolled off of the tongue like a phrase I had rehearsed as a default to the question and despite it being said in a jokey manner – because hey, no-one likes a bragger, it was true… I was incredibly lucky with money, I always landed on my feet and it always appeared when I needed it to show up.
The fourth time it rolled off of my tongue, I gasped and clapped my hands over my mouth. It suddenly dawned on me… ‘money comes easily and frequently’ was an old affirmation that I used to use. I was so pedantic about making positive changes too, that I practised my affirmations a lot – I forced myself to repeatedly write them and I even recorded myself saying them. So much so, that it had now become hardwired into my brain. Even more so, that I believed it to be true. This stuff worked.
Like I say, I’d always been a big believer in all of this – but this was properly the biggest validation I’d received. And it was at this point that I upped my game, massively. No more doubting, no more wondering if I was doing it correctly, it really was quite simple.
So, exactly how does it all work? When we positively affirm things in a future like sense, on repetition, we start to reframe and rewire our brains to focus on and manifest exactly that. Easy right? Yet I’d often get caught up in on 2 things and when I figured these 2 things out – affirmations became waaayyy easier.
1. The actual act of concocting a sentence seemed a little daunting. Was I writing them correctly? Was I accidentally manifesting the wrong vibes? Or was I just being a massive panic pants?!
Despite spending a lot of time on google, looking at others affirmations, I’ve come through years of practise, to realise that they’re not only hugely powerful – but stupidly simple too. I’ve also come to realise that as human nature, we tend to expect things to be difficult – especially when it involves gaining things, so surely affirmations couldn’t be THAT simple. Well yes my friend, they really can! Want to focus on more money? An affirmation could be “money comes easily, frequently and in abundance”, or it could also be “I am open and receptive to wealth” and it could also be “I am a money magnet, wealth flows to me”. Plus it could be hundreds of other sentences all positively affirming what you desire. The trick here my friends, is to find words that roll off the tongue for you, to use adjectives that you often use and to pick a sentence that flows. My money affirmation (money comes easily, frequently and in abundance), uses the word abundance, which I use a lot in describing things and to me it rolls off my tongue effortlessly, I’ve found myself saying it a lot in response to questions – so I know it’s now pretty hard-wired in my brain.
2) How exactly do you know that you’re making those positive changes?
Well as I mentioned, in my early 20’s, I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I, in fact, did everything. I wrote my affirmations out (I think I had 7 key ones) repeatedly and most powerfully for me – I recorded myself saying them and then listened to myself on a loop. When I was on my commute to work I’d get into a habit of forcing myself to listen to my 7-minute loop each day. Most of the times I’d zone in and out, my mind often silently repeating along with myself and remembering clearly the subtle changes as my voice rose at certain words, I even vividly remember hearing myself swallow a little too loudly in between one of the affirmations and how it used to bug me!
And the reason that this tool is so powerful? Because apart from the setup, it requires very little effort. Popping your headphones in whilst you’re doing something mundane is pretty easy to do and you don’t even have to pay attention really – just let your subconscious do the work and your brain will start to do the magic for you. And the key really is to know that you don’t need to know that the changes are being made – just trust the process – and of course, your brain!
So why not give it a try today – get pen to paper, or voice to audio notes and try these 2 key tips for writing better affirmations and watch the magic unfold…