Daily Positive Affirmations to Manifest Change
If you know me, you know I’m a bit of a nerd. I love learning about pretty much everything, especially the human body and mind. The subconscious mind is so amazing and interesting and recently I’ve had a little huge obsession with learning all I can about it and the law of attraction and the power of the positivity. I truly believe our minds are so powerful and are capable of huge and miraculous things. But we have to train them. And daily positive affirmations are a huge tool we can use to do that and harness our God-given power!
What are Affirmations?
Affirmations can be good or bad. They’re the things we say to ourselves out loud or in our minds. The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is the part of our brains that makes those repeating words a part of our identity, whether good or bad. And our subconscious doesn’t care if we want those affirmations to mold our identity. If we consistently affirm things to ourselves (“I am so talented” or “I am so lazy”), our subconscious will water those seeds until they grow into a belief about ourselves.
Most of us have a lot of negative affirmations we’ve been carrying around and saying to ourselves. Have you ever looked into the mirror and thought, “I am so fat.” Or “I’m not good at making friends”? Or my personal favorite, “I’m just a horrible mom and I yell at my kids all the time.” Those are all examples of negative affirmations, and most affirmations (good or bad) stem from underlying beliefs about ourselves that were created during our childhood.
If you grew up being told that you weren’t good at math, then guess what? Your subconscious accepted that as reality and that created an underlying, basic belief about yourself. We have a choice to choose to accept an affirmation as true or not, but most affirmations that we carry with us came from sometime in our childhood. And when a child is told that they’re not good enough, not pretty, not smart, or not nice, their subconscious minds say “oh, OK, I accept that as true.” When you think of all the opportunities children are given to accept negative affirmations–bullies, frustrated parents, annoyed siblings–is it any wonder that we have so many children, teens, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, poverty, low self-esteem, selfishness, anger, and violence? The thing about the subconscious is that it shapes your perception, which shapes your reality.
How Do I Use Affirmations?
Affirmations are simple, but you need to use them in the right format to get the biggest benefits. Daily positive affirmations are the most powerful when said in the present. So instead of saying, “I will be productive today,” you would say, “I am productive today.”
The reason we say affirmations in the present tense is because the subconscious has no concept of time. It just makes repeating words a part of your identity and obeys what the conscious mind says. It’s kind of like a soldier, with your conscious mind being the General. The soldier obeys whatever command the General gives it. So if you say, “I want to be healthy,” your subconscious gets confused and doesn’t know when that’s supposed to happen. It needs clear, concise commands, like, “I am healthy.”
The best part of affirmations is that you don’t need to 100% believe them (at least not in the beginning), and the affirmations don’t need to be true in your life right now. But you do need to try your best to feel them as you say them, and they are always more powerful when said out loud. Affirmations will help you manifest your goals and shape you into the person you want to become.
When to Use Affirmations
So how often should you use affirmations? This is different for everyone, but generally you should say them at least three times a day. Start with just a couple of affirmations and say them when you wake up in the morning, at night before you go to bed, and at least once during your day. Work on those same affirmations for 30 days and then start with another set.
Your mind is most receptive when you wake up and right before you go to bed, so make sure you don’t miss those times. For the other time(s) during the day, just make sure you have a minute or two where you can focus and a calm environment without distractions.
Examples of Daily Positive Affirmations
Below are some ideas for daily positive affirmations you can start using today. This is just a general list but you can focus on a topic you want to grow (like wealth or confidence) or you can pick ones that speak to you most right now.
- My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity.
- Many people look up to me and recognize my worth.
- I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.
- I acknowledge my own self-worth.
- Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.
- I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.
- Every day is a new day full up hope, health, and happiness.
- I treat my body as a temple. It is holy, clean, and full of goodness.
- I express gratitude for all the blessings in my life.
- I am, and always will be, enough.
- I let go of any negative feelings about myself or my life.
- I am surrounded by supportive, positive people who believe in me and want to see me succeed.
- I choose to think positively and create a wonderful and successful life for myself.
- I have the courage to create positive change in my life.
- Feeling confident, assured, and strong is a normal part of my everyday life.
- I am valuable and will make powerful contributions to the world today.
- I continuously push myself to learn and develop in areas of life that bring me happiness, freedom, and purpose.
- I am happy and free because I am me.
- I teach others to believe in me by believing in myself.
- I am surrounded by people who encourage me to be my best self.
- Every challenge I face is an opportunity to grow and improve.
- I deserve to be happy and successful.
- I am competent, smart, and able.
- I love the person I’m becoming.
- I choose to radiate love, joy, and gratitude today.
- I release my need to compare myself to others.
- I am free to create my own reality.
- I can trust my intuition.
- I am a blessing to my family.
- I am doing an amazing job
Daily positive affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you change your mindset, mood, and manifest change in your life. They are most effective when you add emotion to them. So make sure you really look deep to figure out what changes you want to manifest in yourself and your life. Say some affirmations out loud and choose the ones that spark emotion–then get to work on becoming a better version of yourself and building a better life!
Have you ever used affirmations or do you have questions about affirmations? Leave us a comment below!