Let's talk about affirmations.
I have found affirmations to be a bit like Marmite - some love 'em, some hate 'em, and some can take 'em or leave 'em. But there's no denying the power they have to aid goal achievement, maintain motivation and increase confidence.
I'm not going to lie, I didn't like affirmations at first. To me they were all lies dreaming of better things that you'd repeat over and over and what you ask for will magically appear with no effort. Nuh, those sorts of affirmations are not my cup of tea.
It was when I discovered Hal Elrod's refreshing attitude towards affirmations that made me rethink my standpoint. Hal, like me, doesn't like the 'traditional' affirmation format either and he teaches his own style that I have found really useful.
Instead of writing a list of statements your brain will not believe, make a list of intentions or confirmations of your proposed actions. It is a daily reminder of what you are working on, maintaining motivation and your drive to succeed.
Writing your own affirmations - that WILL work for you - is easy. All you need to do is fill in the gaps below:
I am commited to (insert activity) (insert frequency) so that I can (insert your ideal outcome) by (insert target date).
For example, I am committed to practising yoga for 30 minutes daily so that I can lose 3 inches off my tummy by the start of my holiday on July 1st.
Simple huh? It really is! This simple formula has turned me from an affirmation-hater to an affirmation-lover. I now have affirmations for lots of things and they really help me to focus each day on what I need to do to Be All I Can Be. And you can use them too!
I'd like you all, especially the sceptics out there, to give the 30 Day Affirmation Challenge a try. Write 3 affirmations (create one for each of 3 different goals you have), say them aloud 10 times three times a day for 30 days. And watch what happens. You won't be disappointed!
I even believe that the majority of you will continue to use and grow your own set of affirmations beyond those 30 days. Why do I know this? Because it happened to me! And I'm now hooked on affirmations.
I'd love to know how y'all feel about affirmations and to those doing the 30 Day Affirmation Challenge, let me know how you go in the comments below 🙂