You’ve heard it before: “You are what you think.”
In actuality, you are what you think and what you believe.
The best way to change your beliefs is through a practice called affirmations.
Affirmations are positive statements that help you to reinforce the ideas and beliefs you want to develop. They work by simply repeating the things that you want to be true over and over again until they become true. It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re true right now—they will eventually become true if you repeat them enough times!
So how do affirmations work?
Affirmations are simple statements about what you want in your life. They can be spoken aloud or written down and read regularly. They can also be used as mantras or thought patterns to help you focus on positive thoughts throughout your day.
Affirmations can be anything from: “I am strong,” “I am capable,” “I have everything I need,” “I am happy,” etc. The important thing is that they align with your values and goals in life.
Affirmations work so well because they trigger our subconscious mind to align with them. If we say something enough times, our brains start believing it’s true—even if it isn’t yet! By repeating positive affirmations over time, we create new neural pathways in our minds that lead us toward success instead of failure.
But there are two things that are important about affirmations:
-It’s important to believe them! If you don’t believe them, then why bother saying them? You might as well just say whatever comes into your head instead of something meaningful.
-It’s also important to be specific about what it is that you want to affirm. Saying “I am great” isn’t going to work if what you really want is respect from your coworkers and peers at work—you need to say something specific like “My coworkers respect me.”
Here are six steps for creating your own affirmations:
1. Identify your goal or desired outcome.
2. Create an affirmation statement that aligns with your goal or desired outcome.
3. Write down the affirmation regularly (daily is best).
4. Make sure your affirmation is meaningful and believable to you (don’t say something just because someone else told you to).
5. Use visual reminders of your affirmation, like writing it on a sticky note and placing it where you’ll see it often.
6. Repeat the affirmation daily until it becomes part of your inner dialogue.
Listening to affirmations is one of the best ways to build self-confidence and improve your mental health.
When you repeat these statements over and over again, they start to sink into your subconscious mind. This helps you believe what you’re saying and realize that it’s true! It also has a positive effect on your body’s chemistry, which boosts your mood and makes you feel better overall.
You can use affirmations anywhere—in the morning before leaving for work; at night before going to bed; while driving or exercising; or even when sitting quietly by yourself at home or in a public space like a cafe or library (just make sure no one hears them!).