Positive affirmations, to write a dictionary style definition are simply:
Statements which affirm something to be true.
This definition is still a little ambiguous so to elaborate, basically positive affirmations, what most people mean by them are positive phrases which you repeat to yourself which describe how you want to be.
The theory (we believe it is much more than just a theory!) is that when you first start saying your positive affirmations, they may not be true, but with repetition they sink into your subconscious mind, you really start to believe them, and eventually they become your reality, they become a self fulfilling prophecy and actually become true.
Over time they overwrite any limiting or negative beliefs you may have about yourself or about not being able to do something, and replace them with positive thoughts and beliefs which instill confidence, belief, positivity, ambition and much more.
It is perhaps easier to see in a real life example:
An Example – Positive Affirmations for Confidence
- I am confident
- I am a naturally confident person
- I am confident socially and enjoy meeting new people
- I am confident at all times and in all areas of my life
- Confidence comes naturally to me
- Being naturally self confident and comfortable within myself is just part of who I am
Someone who is perhaps a little shy or un-confident would repeat these affirmations. They would want to change themselves from being shy and introverted to becoming self confident and more outgoing perhaps, and so they would use positive affirmations and repeat them over and over.. and eventually they would start to sink in – the repetitive, positive self talk would start to become a self fulfilling prophecy.. Well in just the same way (but reversed) you can use the power of positive repetition for yourself!
Using positive affirmations gives you back control of your mind and the information it receives. It puts you in the driver’s seat of your mind and lets you flood it with positive information which will change you for the better!
We hope you have enjoyed this simple introduction to positive affirmations, you can learn more in our series of articles designed to get you started – next in the series is our full free guide to using positive affirmations, or you can begin straight away – choose your area of development and pick your affirmations using the categories to the right.