How to do Affirmations

Learning how to do daily affirmations​, and how to overcome resistance to affirmations should be part of your personal growth and development plan. In this post I define affirmations, provide you with affirmations to boost awareness, and give you tips to overcome resistance to affirmations.

What’s an Affirmation?

Affirmations are short, positive, first person statements about the ways you want to think, feel, act and react in various situations. First person statements use “I,” “me,” and “my.” Positive means that these statements focus on the things you want instead of the things you don’t want.

For example, saying “You never eat junk food,” is not as powerful as saying, “I enjoy eating healthy foods.” Notice how the first statement is told in the second-person, it’s a “you” statement, and it contains the word “never” which is a word of negation. The second statement focuses on how you want to act, instead of how you don’t want to act, and will be more powerful in helping you acheive your goal.

Also notice that the second statement involves emotion in the word “enjoy.” Emotion will add power to your affirmations.

Affirmations to Increase Awareness

Affirmations are short, positive “I” statements about how you want to feel and think, act and react in various situations.

Try reciting these affirmations out loud each morning for two weeks. Or, say them into a recording device on your phone. Listen to the affirmations on repeat for five minutes a day. You’ll notice subtle shifts in your days, and how you experience the world.

  • Today I will listen
  • Today I will watch
  • Today I will feel
  • Today I will notice
  • Today I will allow my awareness to expand
  • Today I will find the way and the flow of the world around me
  • Today I will let whatever happens be okay
  • Today I will fall in sync with the beat of the universe
  • Today I will effortlessly connect with and adapt to the momentum of the universe
  • Today I will be aware of the energies and experiences around me, and use them to the betterment of myself and others.

Overcoming Resistance to Affirmations

Sometimes, there’s a sort-of knee-jerk denial because the way we want to act is not how we have acted in the past. This denial gives rise to disbelief in the deeper parts of your mind. Your inner voice might say things like, “No you don’t,” or “Who are you kidding?”

A great way to overcome this is to reframe the statement with “I choose to.” For example, the statement above would become, “I choose to enjoy eating healthy food.”

Another great way to overcome any resistance to the affirmations you write is to turn them into a question. For example you might say, “Why do I enjoy eating healthy food?” This engages your mind more fully because people instinctively look for answers to questions.

When you know why you are doing something, and you keep the reasons in your mind, and focus on the positive outcomes, it becomes easier to be motivated to move towards your goals.

The steps for turning an affirmation into a question are as follows:

  1. Choose an affirmation. For example, “I am healthy.”
  2. Make it into a question beginning with “why.” For example, “Why am I healthy?”
  3. Make it progressive, something that’s in the process of happening. For example, “Why am I getting healthier all the time?”

Note: Pause after you say each affirmation to give your brain time to engage.

Using Different Viewpoints

Another great tip for making affirmations more effective is to say them in the first person, present tense, and then to repeat them with your name, and then the second tense.

For example:

I am an inspiration to others.

Kim, you are an inspiration to others.

Everyday I grow as a person and become better and better.

Kim, everyday you grow as a person and  become better and better.

Money wants to be with me.

Kim, money wants to be with you.

See how that works? By switching point of view from first person, to third to second, you actually engage more of your brain.

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