Do Affirmations Work? 3 Keys To Using Affirmations

Do affirmations work? Yes, but only if you know to use them correctly.

Affirmations are positive phrases or statements that are used to challenge negative thoughts. 

Use affirmations to gently replace your negative feelings with high-vibe positive energy.

If you want to make affirmations work for you, here are 3 keys to remember when using affirmations.

3 Keys To Using Affirmations

The 3 P’s of affirmations are positive, present, and personal. Keep these 3 P’s in mind when you use affirmations to get the most out of them.

1. Affirmations Should Be Positive

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Affirmations only work when they are framed from a positive perspective. 

In fact, some people refer to them as positive affirmations.

When you’re saying or writing down affirmations, you should avoid using negative words such as “not”, “don’t”, “won’t”, “can’t”.

In the English language, we often use these words to negate an action.

While these words may seem harmless on the surface, you’re giving attention to the very thing you don’t want subconsciously.

According to the Law of Attraction, when you focus on the lack of something, you’re giving attention to it and attracting more of that lack into your reality.

For example, if you want to manifest clear skin, don’t use an affirmation such as: “I don’t want to get acne!”.

Your subconscious mind ignores words like “don’t” and your attention is on getting acne. In fact, when you remove the word “don’t”, the affirmation will say “I want to get acne!”.

Reframe that affirmation to focus on what you want: “I have clear and radiant skin.

Instead of focusing on what you don’t want or don’t have, make sure your affirmations focus on what you want.

2. Affirmations Should Be Present

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In order for affirmations to work, your affirmations must be in the present tense.

The key to using affirmations is to believe and act as if it is already true. This is why it’s important to say the affirmation as if it is happening right now.

Avoid using affirmations that are in future tense such as “I will…” or “I am going to…”.

Using “I will…” or “I am going to…” implies that the affirmation has not happened yet which prevents you from feeling the high vibrations and positive emotions of affirmations.

For example, if you want to get a new job, don’t say an affirmation such as: “I am going to find a new job soon.

Reframe the affirmation to the present tense: “I am thriving in my new job.

3. Affirmations Should Be Personal

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Your affirmations should be personal so you can relate to them.

Start your affirmations with an “I am…” statement.

Affirmations work the best when you actually believe in what you are saying.

Choose a few affirmations that resonate with you and imagine how good it feels to live out the affirmation.

If reciting an affirmation brings you a sense of relief, then you are on the right track to harnessing the power of positive affirmations.

I highly encourage you to write your own affirmations. If you need help getting started, read my blog post on how to write your own affirmations.

No one knows you and your circumstances better than you! This is why the affirmations you create yourself will resonate much more compared to generic ones.

The most powerful affirmations are the affirmations you write for yourself

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