How to Use Affirmations in Achieving Your Goals
If there is one thing that constantly pops up reading my dose of non-fiction books, it is probably affirmations. It is one of those positive psychology phenomena that one eventually has to try. Even if it is just to understand what the hype is about. A small number of people promoting affirmations are Brian Johnson, Amy Cuddy, and Scott Adams.
So, one of the definitions of affirmations that I find particularly clarifying is: “a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for the purpose of autosuggestion”. The main idea behind affirmations is basically that you are what you think. By restructuring the dynamics of your brain, it can no longer form an obstacle between you and your career lion goals. This article focuses on my small research on how to apply affirmations in the life of a career lion and what the best practices are. Affirmation is one of the proven self-improvement methods out there. It allows you to restructure your brain by raising the feel good hormones in your brain and displacing the otherwise negative thoughts, speech, and actions. With affirmations, you should be able to achieve anything you desire.
The best practices of affirmation include saying it out loud. There is some stuff on the internet stating that saying affirmations out loud will make the universe endow just that, but I must say that I am a bit sceptic. Another theory is that your mind does not know the difference between what is real and fantasy, just like the way you emphasize with movies or series. Scott Adams on Tim Ferris’ podcast states that for him affirmations are a matter of focus, the degree and commitment you have to that focus. Owning up to your goals in the form of affirmations will also make it easier to share them with others in your pursuit to making them reality.
Improving the Workings of Affirmations
There are ways to improve the workings of affirmations for you:
- Get yourself an affirmation buddy. The idea is to use one another as a reflection mirror, repeating the affirmations of the other in the “you” opposed to the “I” form of course.
- Think about some of your more negative characteristics and flip them around for a good starting point to find your own affirmations.
- Advice from Brian Johnson and Amy Cuddy is to reflect on words that capture YOU and your core values. By reminding yourself of this and affirming this, to manage your stress levels while you achieve your goals.
- There are some tips on doing this multiple times a day, at least in the morning and at night. Of course, we don’t really need everyone ease dropping in on our affirmations. So whenever and wherever you are comfortable, try getting your affirmations in as much as possible.
In order to provide you and myself obviously some material to start with, I have gathered a list of affirmations I think are ever so useful for my fellow career lions. There we go:
- I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible.
- I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.
- My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.
- I am a born (“your dream/current profession”).
- I am amazing at my job.
- I am worthy of doing a job that I love.
- I am confident in myself.
- I am confident in my abilities to perform my dream job.
Inspired and all, here are a few of my the affirmations to help me achieve my personal goals (please don't laugh…):
- I will dance at the world championships again.
- I am a champion.
- I am not tempted by anything made of sugar and fat.
- I don’t need to buy x, x, and x.
- I am a morning person.
- I flourish.
- I am here to thrive at everything I do.
I have started and am committed to do whatever it takes to make these affirmations and more reality. Expect an update when I make it. Obviously, I will be way too excited not to share if it ever does come true. What are your thoughts on affirmations? Share it in the comment section below.