Morning affirmations can help you create the life you desire and let go of the negative beliefs that are holding you back. Find out how.
Do you ever find yourself struggling to make it through the day? Maybe you aren’t able to complete your to-do list, or maybe your emotions are out of control?
You may wonder what you can do to help yourself. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Read on to find out how you can change your life through the practice of morning affirmations.
What are morning affirmations?
To understand how to practice morning affirmations, you must first learn the definition of an affirmation.
Affirmations are the things that we repeatedly say to ourselves or even think to ourselves.
When you say something to yourself repeatedly, your brain associates those words with your identity.
You become what you say and think. This applies to positive and negative thoughts.
The part of your brain that translates your thoughts into your identity and behavior is your Reticular Activating System (RAS).
You can use this part of your brain to mold your life, simply by using affirmations.
Most people think negative thoughts about 80% of the time, which attracts negativity in their lives.
By repeatedly subjecting your subconscious to positive statements instead (affirmations), you can create positive changes.
Morning affirmations are simply positive statements that you repeat in the morning.
By starting your day with morning affirmations, you set yourself up for success during the rest of the day.
They can motivate and inspire you for the rest of your day.
Do morning affirmations really work?
You may be wondering if there’s any evidence to support affirmations.
The answer is, yes! Since the emergence of the affirmation practice in the 1920’s, numerous studies have been performed which provide evidence for the effectiveness of affirmations.
Recently, at Carnegie Mellon, a study showed that practicing affirmations decreased stress and improved problem-solving.
You don’t have to read studies though; you can find out for yourself!
By practicing affirmations, you can see for yourself the effects they can have on your life.
Some things you may notice are:
By affirming positive beliefs about yourself, you will be more motivated to meet those beliefs.
You will put your goals into action. Once you have met them, you’ll then experience the motivation to do more!
Increase awareness to improve mood
By repeating positive thoughts daily, you will become more aware of your negative thoughts and feelings.
Increased awareness gives you the ability to monitor your thoughts and increase positivity.
This leads to a more positive mood and an improved outlook on life!
Increased gratitude, increased happiness
When you are constantly focused on the positive things in your life, you will experience more joy and feel more satisfied.
You attract more of what you want
By changing your beliefs about yourself and the things around you, you will attract more of what you want in life.
You will attract more blessings in your life and find sources of true happiness.
The decrease in stress you experience by practicing morning affirmations will benefit your health.
Stress negatively affects the cardiovascular system.
So, then, it’s no stretch to say that a happy life means a happy heart as well.
How do I start morning affirmations?
Okay, so now you know all the health benefits, where do you start?
Unfortunately, the first part of the process is the hardest.
Once you get past this, though, you’re on your way to a happier, healthier you.
Below are some steps to help get you started.
Make a list of the negative things about you
Make a list of the negative beliefs you have about yourself.
This can be things you say to yourself, or things other people have said to you.
It doesn’t matter if they’re true or not, just write them down on a piece of paper.
This might feel hard to do, and it might feel counterproductive too.
But hang on – this is an important step.
Pick the things you want to change
As you read your list, what stands out to you? What is preventing change?
Pick a few of these beliefs that you want to change.
Rephrase your negative beliefs
This can be tricky, but you can do it. Take the beliefs you’ve picked and rephrase them into a more positive belief.
It needs to be in the present tense and should completely contradict your negative statement.
This could be something like, “I am loving and compassionate.” Whatever feels right to you.
Repeat these affirmations every morning
Every morning, at the start of your day, repeat your affirmations.
You can do this by writing them down multiple times if you find that helpful.
However, the most effective thing to do is to say the affirmation aloud.
It’s even better if you can do this in front of a mirror.
Trust in the process
Remember that negative thoughts bring negative experiences into your life.
Trust in the process and that it will work.
Allow time for your affirmations to take place in your subconscious.
You will be amazed at the benefits that you’ll see over time!
How do I say morning affirmations?
It’s important to say your affirmations aloud. You may be wondering exactly how you’re supposed to say them.
Although it may be awkward and uncomfortable at first, following these steps will lead you on the path to success and happiness.
Just know that, with time, speaking affirmations will become a positive, comforting experience.
Here are some steps to get you started:
- Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself.
If you can, look yourself in the eyes and really connect with your inner self.
Smile and know that there are only good things to come.
- Take a few breaths. Inhale to the count of eight, and exhale to the count of eight.
Do this a few times until you feel your head is clear of distractions.
- While looking at yourself, say each affirmation 3-5 times.
Make sure that you speak clearly and confidently.
Focus on the words that you are saying.
Allow yourself to experience any visuals associated with your affirmations.
- After saying your affirmations aloud, repeat your breaths.
Make sure you feel your body absorb the affirmation before going about your day.
- During the day, think back on your morning affirmation session.
Mentally reaffirm your beliefs if needed throughout the day.
How long before morning affirmations begin working?
So, you decided to give practicing affirmations a go.
But how long does it take for them to really start working in your life?
Unfortunately, this really depends on you and your beliefs.
Sometimes, a negative belief is so deeply seated in our subconscious that it takes a greater amount of time to resolve this.
You may have to practice morning affirmations for some time before experiencing results.
On average, it takes about a month to change most beliefs, but this is vey subjective.
Be patient with yourself and your body. When you practice morning affirmations, you are literally changing the wiring in your brain.
This can be a difficult and long-winded process.
Furthermore, the level of opposition within each individual’s brain is different.
Listen to your body, and give it the time to adjust that it needs.
How can I speed up the change process?
While the time it takes to see a positive change differs from person to person, there are some things you can do to speed up the process.
Always remember, though, that our minds and bodies will change when they are ready, not on the timelines that we give them.
Here are some tips for speeding up the process:
Immerse yourself in affirmations
While morning affirmations are effective, you can practice them more throughout the day.
Increase the frequency of your affirmation sessions to improve the results.
Many people find that three times a day is optimal to see results.
Affirm when your mind is flexible
Sometimes you will notice that your negative beliefs are overwhelming and all powerful.
It can be difficult to practice affirmations successfully during these times.
The opposite is also true, though, and using affirmations when you feel your brain is ready can be very effective.
Focus on the worst, first
Sometimes we have beliefs that limit our ability to change.
Focus on your deepest beliefs that prevent you from being your best self.
These beliefs are rooted deep in the subconscious, so may be difficult to extract.
Once extracted, change will become easier and more achievable.
Record your affirmations, and listen to them
It may seem awkward at first. But listening to a recording of your own affirmations can instigate change.
Listen before bed and throughout the day for best results.
Trust in your body’s timeline
No matter how badly we want to change, sometimes our brains are not ready.
You just have to do your part and allow the change to happen when it’s supposed to.
Try not to become resentful and frustrated, as this will just slow down the process.
What if morning affirmations are not working?
If you’ve been practicing morning affirmations for some time but you feel like they aren’t working, there are some common reasons why.
Here are a few:
The words are coming from your mouth, not your heart
You may be just going through the motions.
Look at your list of affirmations and remind yourself why you chose those statements.
Make a pledge to yourself to speak them from your heart, with all of the emotion of when you first started.
You feel the statement isn’t true
Sometimes, you may feel like your positive affirmation is a lie – and then you may feel guilty for saying it.
But this is not how affirmations are meant to work.
Remind yourself that you don’t have to believe the affirmation.
It doesn’t need to be true.
There is no reason to feel guilt over your affirmation.
Say your affirmation with confidence, along with the hope that someday, this affirmation will ring true.
You’re trying to change too many things at once
Focusing on all of your desired changes at once can be too much for the subconscious.
If you think this is the problem, try focusing on what you want to change the most.
Dial back on the amount of change you’re trying to instigate. Focus on quality, not quantity.
You don’t believe you can change, so you don’t do anything
Just saying something is not always enough.
You have to take action to produce results, too.
If you don’t believe affirmations can help you, they may not.
If belief is the problem for you then you should start by wanting to want to believe.
It sounds goofy, but you can do it.
Then, you can take action. You’ll be amazed at the difference.
Are there any resources to help me?
You may wonder what resources there are to help.
The great news is that there is tons of information online to assist you on your affirmations journey.
If you want to experience the full benefit of morning affirmations, then click here to watch a video presentation to help you on your journey.
They can help you how to become the very best version of yourself.
What are some affirmation examples?
If you’re struggling with what phrases to use, here are some ideas:
- I am, and will always be, enough.
- I have the power to create success and obtain my desires.
- I am beautiful, confident and exactly as I should be.
- I am a confident leader and someone others look up to.
- I am capable of making good decisions in all areas of my life.
- I can let go of the negative beliefs that prevent me from being my true self.
- I am focused on my goals and I will achieve them.
- I am creating the life I desire.
Life is difficult, but morning affirmations can help.
When you wake up every morning and practice morning affirmations, you can achieve anything you desire!
Affirmations are powerful and give you the ability to change your thoughts, behaviors and actions.