Several people have asked how I made my trip to Paris actually happen and part of my answer is…Affirmations! Yep it’s true. And while it’s not the only thing I did, it was a huge part of keeping me in the high positive vibration of making my dream a reality.
While the concept of affirmations might seem a bit cheesy, they can be surprisingly helpful in anchoring your true self. Affirmations are positive statements that can quickly shift you out of a negative mindset to a more positive one. Affirmations can really boost your energy level and your attitude, which benefits you in countless ways including increasing your creativity and your ability to reach your personal goals!
There is real scientific evidence proving the fact that saying positive thoughts regularly actually alters our brains. And, by the way, this concept applies to any new habit you take on and do on a regular basis! When we do anything repeatedly, a new neural pathway is created and strengthened in our brain. Why does this matter? Because once these pathways are strong, our brains use them as the default, which means real change.
In order for affirmations to really help you, it’s important to create statements that you truly believe and to choose words that feel right to you. So for example, if you’re having financial woes, jumping right to “I am one of the wealthiest people in the world” might be hard for you to buy into right away. Instead you might try “Evidence of my abundance surrounds me each day”. Even if you’re currently having money troubles, chances are you can look around you and find at least a few ways that you are abundant. And don’t worry, in time you can move yourself up to “I am one of the wealthiest people in the world”, when it feels right for you!
It’s also key to be specific when creating affirmations. If affirmations are too vague, it can be difficult to really embrace them and see how they are true. For example, instead of saying “I am so smart”, you might say “I have the perfect intelligence for me”. This more specific statement will help remind you how this actually is true in your life.
Be sure that your affirmations are written in the present tense. And if you really want to get clever, find a way to make them rhyme, and they’ll be even easier to remember! Try this…
Think about something you want – a goal, a state of being, etc and create an affirmation around it. Write the statement down and commit it to memory. Pick a time that works for you and repeat it to yourself each day. Maybe as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning or when you step into the shower.
And stay tuned, because up next I’m going to tell you how to incorporate affirmations even further and use them to shift negative thoughts!