INCREASE YOUR HAPPINESS WITH TARGETED AFFIRMATIONS
If you are looking to find a way to energize your life, increase happiness, and focus your goals, affirmations are an effective practice to add to your life. In this post, I will teach you how to take control of your thoughts, eradicate limiting beliefs, and reprogram your mind to believe and act in ways that will enhance your life. My method of practicing affirmations effectively reprograms your thinking, helps you shake off a defeatist mindset, and enables you to form positive mental habits. In just 4 WEEKS, you will feel better about yourself, improve your relationships, and increase your sense of well-being after you put these basic techniques and tips into practice.
WHAT ARE AFFIRMATIONS?
Affirmations are positive, specific statements that help you overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. They are present-tense statements spoken out loud to yourself to encourage positive change and improvement in any area in your life. They help you visualize and believe in your desired vision of yourself, allowing you to make significant shifts in self-image and life experiences.
FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS
The techniques in this post will help you increased happiness and well-being in your relationships, your finances, and your personal growth. As affirmations become a part of your daily life, you will witness a personal transformation that shifts your way of thinking from the realm of the impossible to infinite possibilities. As a companion to this post, I included a free workbook: Increase Your Happiness in 4 Weeks.
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1. WRITE IT DOWN
Affirmations are effective when they speak to your individual needs and desires. The first step to creating affirmations that uniquely resonate with you is getting clear about the area in your life you’d like to change.
What in your life do you want to improve? Could your relationships use some sweetening? Are you in a relationship? Do you want one? Write it down. Do you wish to advance in your career or start a business? Write it down. Writing is a divine practice. It connects you to the universal all-knowing source.
Writing helps clear your mind and focus on what you truly desire. Sometimes you don’t know what you truly want until you write it down. Writing down your thoughts and ideas gets them out of your head and onto paper (or screen) so you can see your ideas in black and white. You want to move your thoughts from vague impressions to concrete ideas. Writing your desires down makes them real.
Oftentimes, we keep our wants and desires in our hearts because we are afraid to confront them.
Take 5 to 10 minutes to free write about one area in your life you would like to improve for the next 4 WEEKS, and make a commitment to yourself that you will do what it takes to turn around this area of your life.
2. MAKE A LIST
Limiting beliefs are thoughts and attitudes that keep you from your highest potential and purpose. Belief creates thought patterns. Thought patterns create habits. Habits create lifestyle. When your limiting beliefs go unchallenged your life tends to stagnate. A stagnant life resists change and doesn’t grow. If you want to see major shifts and grow in any area of your life, you need to challenge your limiting beliefs, deactivate them, and replace them.
Say you work an office job, but you always dreamed of pursuing your passion for launching your own creative business. You’ve been at your job for years and have dabbled in your creative pursuit for some time with varied results. What is holding you back from pursuing your creative interests full-time?
Perhaps you believe creative people and artists can’t support themselves through their art. Perhaps you believe you can’t be creative and wealthy at the same time, reinforcing the “starving artist” stereotype. Maybe you have a death grip on the office job you hate, because you believe that only a 9 to 5 can provide a stable income.
You fear losing your salary. You fear losing your benefits. You don’t know any successful artists, so you have no point of reference, no example to model. Perhaps you believe you need some kind of creative arts degree in order to practice your art professionally and you don’t have the money to go back to school.
These are all legitimate concerns, but the power your worries have over you are producing a life of fear and limited achievement. You must confront these limiting beliefs and deactivate their power over you if you want to make any headway accomplishing your dream.
Make a list of 20 limiting beliefs that hinder your progress in the area you wrote about in the previous section write it down.
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3. CONVERT THE NEGATIVE TO THE POSITIVE
For most of us, negative thinking is our default setting. We think negatively about ourselves effortlessly and rarely with any resistance or challenge to these thoughts. Studies have shown that negative thinking has dire effects on your health. Negative thoughts lead to stress, anxiety, physical issues such as heart palpitations and high blood pressure, moodiness, depression, and feelings of helplessness.
Scripture says, “What I fear has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil,” (Job 3:25-26). When we dwell on our fears they have a tendency to manifest into reality. Negative beliefs steal our peace, fill our bodies with harmful stress hormones, and bind up our minds, producing behaviors that keep us stuck in unhappy situations. You are the gatekeeper of your mind. Take control of your thoughts by converting your negative limiting beliefs to positive ones.
Convert each of your 20 negative, limiting beliefs from ” MAKE A LIST” into at least one positive affirmation.
4. VISUALIZE YOUR IDEAL, PERFECT SCENARIO
The role of visualization is significantly enhances the practice of affirmations. Visualization helps you create a mental picture of your ideal self. It is optimal to condition yourself to visualize, because visualization improves your imagination and focuses the mind on its target. Visualization helps you produce the corresponding emotions you need to help power you’re affirmations.
“Your mind does not distinguish between reality and imagination. Most people’s lips pucker when they even think about sucking on a lemon. They physiologically react to the thought of sucking on a lemon the same way they would if it was actually happening in real time. Your body reacts to your imagination, and the subconscious mind does not know the difference.” [Excerpt from Positive Affirmations: Rewrite Old Scripts and Deactivate Limiting Beliefs]
You don’t have to rely solely on your imagination to create your visualization. Clip pictures from magazines or search images on the internet to find visual targets that resonate with you. Once you have gathered your mental or physical visualization, describe your perfect scenario in which you have achieved your goal or dream. Write what you think feel sense and experience in this ideal scenario. Be specific. What does your ideal feel like tactically? What does your ideal smell like?
Describe a perfect scenario in which your life situation is at its ideal. Write out a detailed paragraph or two about what you think, feel, see, touch, and experience in this ideal scenario. You will use this visualization before and after you say your affirmations.
5. TAKE ACTION
Your 4-week plan to happiness takes you from knowledge of your desire, to confronting your limiting beliefs, to converting them to positive affirmations, and then incorporating a powerful visualization. The faith without works is dead.
When you take one step the universe will meet you halfway, and oftentimes a little bit more! Sometimes taking that first small step is all it takes to get yourself unstuck. Each additional step will help you gain more ground speed and momentum to reach your desirable. Taking a step that divine wheels in motion and can set off a chain of events that will move you from problems to purpose. So don’t be afraid of taking that step.
Now it’s time to take action. What are four simple action steps you can take to reinforce all of the positive affirmations work you have been doing? Think about it. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all. If you are looking to improve relationships, it could be as simple as calling a friend. If you’re looking to launch your creative business, it could be as simple as brainstorming a business name. Whatever your goal, think of four action steps to buttress your affirmations.
6. CONSISTENT PRACTICE
Consistency in your daily practice of affirmations builds up the belief, emotion, visualization, and vocal aspects of your new practice. I recommend a dedicated practice of affirmations once or twice a day for a month to measure your results. I have found saying my affirmations at night right before I go to sleep is very effective, because I have wonderful, positive words in my mind as I drift off to sleep. Instead of going to bed with a mind full of worries, try saying your affirmations instead and observe the quality of your sleep and how you feel in the morning. Whether you say your affirmations at night or in the morning, you need to be consistent and make the practice a habit.
- Say your affirmations at least once a day each week in a quiet or comfortable spot where you won’t be disturbed. Remember to conduct your visualization before and after you say your affirmations.
- Perform one of your action steps one time per week in sequence. For example, on week one, call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. On week two, send a friend a card in the mail, etc.
- Record your observations at the end of each week.
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