How To Easily Create Affirmations in 3 Steps; Understanding Affirmations

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 18th March 2020 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and competence.

In How to avoid bad omen, I wrote I was going to show you how you can create healthy daily affirmations. 

Being a diehard fan of healthy affirmations since 2019, when I flip through the pages of my life, I always raise a cheerful flag of gratitude, especially for the moments when affirmations stated in prayers, were all I could hold on to. Squarely, I have taken time to observe how my day goes when I say the affirmations scripted in my journal in the morning and when I don’t say them. 

Most days even when I am faced with detours, these healthy words strengthen and reassure my confidence in better and more fulfilled moments ahead. 

Someone once approached me and asked,

“Why are you always calm or even wear a happy look even in the heat of what makes others depressed and disappointed?” (paraphrased)

My reply was just wrapped in a smile, which is something I do effortlessly. 

The absence of daily affirmations doesn’t mean a bad day. In fact, you can have a great day. The advantage affirmations have is, your mind is modeled to go through the day with the conviction that whatever storm spurs up, your attitude towards it will be more beneficial rather than detrimental to you. And this makes it easier for you to make progress rather than get all depressed.

Before I was stripped of the fabric of ignorance, there were mornings when I woke up realizing I couldn’t complete the previous day’s task on my to-do list. I often wore myself out, resenting my incompetence, and sent bad energy off to cripple my potential to be productive that day. Affirmations, I wake up every morning not only neglecting the previous day’s inefficiencies but also building up capacity for what the day has in its pocket for me. 

Before showing you how to create healthy daily affirmations, let’s note a few things about affirmations.

Affirmations are conscious, healthy/positive, and powerful statements that challenge your mindset over time, changing unhealthy and demeaning thought patterns.

Why You Need Affirmations

1. The Mind Works on the Principle of Repetition.
Ever listened to a song repeatedly that you find your mind singing it even when you didn’t plan to? That’s just a principle the mind works with; Repetition. Affirmations work because they have the ability to reprogram your mind into accessing and believing repeated statements. The more you repeat it,  the more your subconscious mind captures it and finds expression in it and whatever your mind finds expression in, you become its reality. Hence, it influences your subconscious mind to access new beliefs. Learn more→The principles of the mind.

2. It Prompts You to Action.
Affirmations motivate you to act. And when you act on your goals and start seeing results, it further boosts your interest to continue acting on your goals. 

3. It Helps You Focus. 
When you consistently remind yourself how great your potentials are, it helps you focus on your goal; whatever it is. And reaching your goal is helped by persistently keeping your mind focused on the benefits/end results of achieving the goal. 
4. It Helps Your Thought Pattern.
When you iterate how amazing you are, or “great” you are becoming, even when everyone says you are not, your mind tends to give no space to nurture any negative comment about your that doesn’t foster your growth. This helps in changing any negative thought patterns lurking around your mind and boosts your self-confidence.

Forms of Positive Affirmations
1. Processing Positive Affirmations
These are positive statements often with the “ing” ending verbs. They are reality-based statements that encourage and remind a person that some things take time or go through processes. Nonetheless, it’s worth it. 
Examples are:
“I am healing”
“I am learning and applying the strategies to master my skill.”
“I am learning to accept myself as I am”

2. Very Positive Affirmations
These are positive statements that are direct and complete. Unlike the “processing positive affirmations,” It does not employ the use of processing words. 
Examples are:
“I am creative.”
“I have the potential to create wealth.”
“I know I am loved.”

Things to Note When Creating/Writing Affirmations

1. Use Words That Are Typical to You
Be yourself when writing your affirmations. You can be as silly or as serious or as plain as you like. You can write in your native tongue. Just be you! 
2. Be Specific And Avoid Vague Statements
Be as specific as you like about what you want to manifest with your affirmations, but don’t try to define how these things will show up when writing the affirmations.
Instead of writing; “I am attending seminars, reading books, taking courses in prompt engineering on weekends.” 
Simply write; “I am becoming a prompt engineer in two weeks.”

3. Be Intentional And True to Yourself
Think about what you would really like to change about yourself and your life, and be confident about affirming your truest desires.

How to Create  Healthy Affirmations

Step One:
List Your Negative Attributes.
List out what you consider to be the negative attributes about you as a person, or how you cope with life, or the situation you are in (home life, work life, academics, relationships etc) It could be an attribute you see yourself having (like inconsistency, procrastination, failure, etc). This list could be made from your own conclusions or from external criticism.
Step Two: 
Rephrase the Negative Attributes into a Positive Statement.
This stage involves identifying and expressing the (positive) opposite of the negative attributes you listed.  
Step Three:
Repeat Your Affirmations Regularly.
Writing your affirmations or recording them in an audio format makes it readily available to say them at any time of the day because there is no rule to limit how often you should say your affirmations. 
Always say your affirmations (silently or verbally) as often as you can, daily. You can say your affirmation repetitively while doing something like walking, cooking, working at the office, reading a book,  etc. If possible, you can stand in front of the mirror just to say your affirmations because this offers you the advantage of seeing your facial expression and adding emphasis in front of a mirror.

Note: You can use a variety of tools to develop your affirmations. One of the tools I use is the Bible. It often helps me affirm God’s promises to me and also reminds me of who God says I am regardless of any inefficiency in my life. 

Examples of Affirmations

“God’s grace is sufficient for me so that in all things and at all times, I am equipped for every good work.”  2Corinthians 9:8

“I am Smart. I am Amazing. I am Innovative. I am an intellect. I am Confident. I am Successful. I am a Conqueror. I am a Wealth Creator.”

“Today, I won’t be conscious of anyone who defines me negatively.”

“The LORD is my sun and shield; he will favor and honor me today.”  -Psalm 84:11

“Today, I won’t let the circumstances of life make me feel less of myself & future. Though it may not seem like it now, I will be patient and consistent.”

“God has made known to me the paths of life; He will fill me with joy in his presence.”  -Acts 2:28

“I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  -Acts 2:25

I am victorious and I will affect lives positively beyond my generation.”

“Today I receive Grace to be diligent
and be valuable in the purpose
of God for my life.”

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