Did you know that 80% of your 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts every day are negative? Even more shocking, 95% of those thoughts are repetitive. Most of us are stuck in a negative thinking loop of rumination all day, every day.
What would it feel like to be free of this negative spiraling loop?
Freedom is what positive thinking affirmations offer you. Imagine, spending all of that mental energy on loving yourself and making positive and intentional steps to unite with your divine self!
- 1 What Are Positive Affirmations?
- 2 How to Use Positive Affirmations
- 3 Why Are Positive Affirmations Important?
- 4 Will Positive Affirmations Really Change My Life?
- 5 Example of Positive Affirmations
- 5.1 I am enough.
- 5.2 I am worthy of taking up space.
- 5.3 I am safe.
- 5.4 I forgive myself.
- 5.5 I am strong and capable.
- 5.6 I am proud of myself.
- 5.7 I am in the right place.
- 5.8 I can have it all.
- 5.9 I love myself.
- 5.10 I have much to offer.
- 5.11 I have brilliant ideas.
- 5.12 I am creative.
- 5.13 I am grateful for all that I have.
- 5.14 I can create change in my life.
- 5.15 I am not my feelings or my thoughts.
- 5.16 It is ok if I mess up. Failure is not final.
- 5.17 It is only me against me.
- 5.18 I release what others think of me.
- 5.19 I am gentle and patient.
- 5.20 I release my fears.
- 5.21 All that is meant for me will flow.
- 5.22 I am doing my best.
- 6 FAQs
What Are Positive Affirmations?
A positive affirmation is any positive phrase that overrides the negative thoughts constantly circulating in your brain.
They are phrased in the present tense, to trick your brain into thinking they are already true.
Positive affirmations should be positive statements. Instead of saying “don’t quit,” rephrase that to “keep going.” If you repeat “don’t quit” over and over in your head, your constantly hearing the negatives, “don’t” and “quit.”
For this reason, affirmations should also be worded in a positive way, as something to do instead of what not to do.
They should also be personal to you, so be as specific as possible. Make sure you believe your affirmation and it is meaningful to you.
Positive affirmations are tools to shift your negative thought patterns into a positive mindset. They challenge negative beliefs and boost your self-esteem and mental health.
They are similar to a mantra, except they do not carry any spiritual or religious affiliation or weight. However, positive affirmations can also be used as personal mantras.
How to Use Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmation should be used every day, all throughout the day for them to have their maximum power.
First thing in the morning, try one of these practices:
- Chant a positive affirmation out loud, before meditating
- Silently repeat the positive affirmation while meditating
- Declare the mantra while making eye contact with yourself in the mirror
- Write your positive affirmation at least three times in your journal
- Record yourself saying your positive affirmation to 6 Hz beat frequency and listen every morning for 10 minutes
Repeat the positive affirmations to yourself throughout the day to boost your positive thinking. Especially when negative thoughts begin to creep in.
Believe What You Say!
Before you even start to work with the affirmation, they should be believable to a certain degree. For example, “I release what others think of me.”
Right now, you might still struggle significantly with getting caught up in what others think about you. As long as you believe that you are in a position to begin to let that go, you can work with this mantra.
On the other hand, if you are in an unsafe situation, you should not work with the mantra, “I am safe,” or “I am in the right place,” because it is untrue.
Instead, focus on affirmations that empower you to make a change in your life.
Why Are Positive Affirmations Important?
What you think, you become. Your mind is a powerful tool that most of us grossly misuse. Introducing positive affirmations into your life is like planting a seed in the mind. Choosing your affirmation is like planting the seed.
Then, repeating it to yourself day in and day out is like intentionally tending to the seed. Lovingly watering it, tilling the soil, praying that the sun shines his face upon your new seedling.
Eventually, that little seed will sprout into an internalized belief and tangible change in your external life.
Benefits of Positive Affirmations
- Improved physical health and overall wellness
- Increase relaxation in the body
- Improve self-esteem and self worth
- Boost positive mindset
- Decrease self-doubt
- Increase positive thinking
- Attract more positive energy to your life
- Increased focus and concentration
- Increased tolerance to stress and errors
Will Positive Affirmations Really Change My Life?
If this sounds like a bunch of woo-woo fluff to you, read this section to understand the science behind positive affirmations.
Positive Thinking and Your Brain
The way you think and perceive the world relies on your neural pathways. Neural pathways are highways in your brain that signals travel on to deliver messages from one region to another.
Adults have very efficient pathways for signals to travel. We have so much to think about throughout the day. In order to save cognitive energy, our synapses are pruned as we get older.
A child has approximately 41% more synapses than an adult. Their increased synapses are what allows children to engage in more magical and creative thinking.
Again, think of it like a highway. Children have many roundabouts, intersecting lanes, fun side exits to viewpoints, and waterslides and flying cars and … well you get it.
An adult’s highway is a series of straight roads, with cars that stay in their lanes and clear and concise exits that are purposeful and practical.
Yes, adult brains are much more boring. But synaptic pruning is an adaptive process that allows adults to respond to stimuli efficiently and effectively.
However, for most of us the etched in highways that we travel over and over again in the brain are racked with negative thoughts and debilitating self-beliefs.
Thankfully, our brains are plastic. Neuroplasticity allows us to change those synapses, with patience and hard work. When it comes to synapses, our brains have a “use it or lose it” mentality.
So, with positive daily affirmations, you can change those negative beliefs into positive thinking.
Example of Positive Affirmations
I am enough.
You are enough. Period. Full stop. Just the way you are, right here and right now. It is too easy to trick yourself into thinking that a better job, or more money, or more social standing will finally make you feel worthy. But that is a lie. You are already enough as you are right now.
I am worthy of taking up space.
You are important. You deserve space to spread your wings and fly. You deserve space to explore and make mistakes. You deserve space to rest. You deserve space to speak. When you catch yourself making yourself small, because you don’t feel like you are worthy of taking up space- take a deep inhale. Feel your lungs and your chest expand. Let your breath create the space you deserve.
I am safe.
Most modern humans spend too much time in a hyper-aroused state. Tense and ready to fight or flight, even when they are safe. Soothe your nervous system by repeating this affirmation.
I forgive myself.
Remember those ruminating thoughts we spend 80% of our mental energy on? I bet a lot of them are replaying mistakes, punishing yourself for blunders that you have already paid for 100 times over. We are the only animal on the planet that pays for our mistakes more than once. It is time to release. Free yourself from the shackles of guilt and shame.
I am strong and capable.
You can complete the hard task. You can get through this challenging chapter in life. You are your strongest supporter and ally. You have all that you need within, you just have to reach in and find it.
I am proud of myself.
Look around at all you have created for yourself. Are you alive? Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have loved ones? Did you eat today, or even take a breath? You are caring for yourself, and that is something to be proud of. Take a moment and show yourself a little gratitude.
I am in the right place.
Invite yourself to become fully present where you are. Stop doubting. You are here for a reason. Even if that reason is unexpected, or unclear. Wherever you are, you are meant to be there, maybe just for a passing moment, maybe for a whole chapter. Steady and still yourself in the here and now.
I can have it all.
Think you have to choose between close friends and a romantic relationship? Or kids and a career? Those may be your self-limiting beliefs talking. Empower yourself with the knowledge that you can have it all. All it takes is prioritizing and time management.
I love myself.
Wow! What a powerful and simple message. The only passionate love affair you are guaranteed in this life is with yourself. Take yourself out on dates. Become your own best friend, your own best company. Learning to love yourself will affect every single other area in your life.
I have much to offer.
You have a powerful, valuable voice. Use it. If you think the world doesn’t need you, then you are sorely mistaken. No one on this planet has the same perspective or experience as you. You add value and you are unique.
I have brilliant ideas.
Do you often catch yourself staying quiet in meetings? Thinking, “who am I to speak up? Someone else probably already thought of that. They won’t care about what I have to say.” Then this affirmation is for you. Replace that self-doubt with this positive affirmation, and enjoy seeing all of your new and brilliant ideas flourish.
I am creative.
You are a force at one with nature and the divine. If you doubt your creativity, tap into the innate intelligence of a flower or a star. And remember, you don’t have to be a savant musician or a prolific oil painter to be creative.
I am grateful for all that I have.
Sometimes, you just need a little reminder that life is pretty positive as it is. Even if you are calling in more, it is important to stop and consider everything you already have to be thankful for.
I can create change in my life.
Too often people passively sit in the passenger seat of their life, letting partners, parents, or chance take the wheel. If you feel powerless in creating your dream life, try incorporating this daily affirmation and use it to help you create positive changes.
I am not my feelings or my thoughts.
Do you over-identify with your thoughts or feelings? Do you let a bad mood in the morning dictate your entire day? Remember that the true you is simply your awareness. And you can choose where to place that awareness. Just because you wake up to your roommate’s cat vomiting on your desk does not mean you have to be in a bad mood the rest of the day.
It is ok if I mess up. Failure is not final.
If you expect perfection then you will be disappointed. Mistakes are part of being human. The key is to not let your past mistakes affect the present moment. It doesn’t matter what happened before. It matters what you do now. There is always time to keep moving forward, even after a big failure.
It is only me against me.
There is no room for competition with others, and there is no reason. The only person you should compare yourself to is you from yesterday or from one week ago. What does your self-esteem look like today compared to last week? What do your relationships look like now compared to last year? What does your mindset look like in this moment compared to 5 minutes ago?
I release what others think of me.
Anyone’s opinion of you, whether it be negative or positive, is more a reflection of them than it is a reflection of you. Internalizing this belief will free you to be exactly who you are, instead of living to please others.
I am gentle and patient.
If you want to invite more ease and tenderness into your life, this positive affirmation is a subtle reminder to live slowly.
I release my fears.
Many people are controlled by their fears, instead of their dreams. Similar to releasing negative thoughts to create space for positive ones, imagine the transformation that could incur if you lived your life to honor your dreams instead of to avoid your fears.
All that is meant for me will flow.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu.
When you are ready for it, the universe has abundant blessings ready to flow into your life. Trust that. Make those small intentional steps every day to unite yourself with your highest potential.
I am doing my best.
Take a moment to recognize all of the hard work you are doing. Don’t get so caught up on your healing journey, that you begin to beat yourself up when you don’t see enough “progress.” Remember that healing isn’t linear. Some days will look brighter than others. Recognize that you wake up every morning and do your best, whatever your best looks like that day.
What are the three P’s of affirmations?
Positive, present, and personal.
What are some affirmations for anxiety?
I am safe and in control.
I have done this before and I can do it again.
This too shall pass.
I trust myself.
I take things one day at a time.
Do positive affirmations change your brain?
Yes! Repeating thoughts over time can rewire tired pathways in your brain, thanks to neuroplasticity.