Affirm Yourself to Success

Affirmations, also called self-talk, personal reminders or self-suggestions, are absolutely essential in building positive attitudes and confidence in our own capabilities. A positive affirmation must contain the following key ingredients :

· Positive words and phrases

· In the first person and the present tense (“I am …”)

· Is specific about what you want to be (to have, to do, etc.)

An example of a positive affirmation is “I am a positive, optimistic thinker” or “I am the top salesman”.

You can start harnessing the transformative powers of positive affirmations by applying the following guidelines:

· Replace the Negative with the Positive

The very environment that we live in tends to drag us down with its constant negativity. But the moment that you start using positive affirmations, you can choose to banish negativity and start adopting the positive attitudes which will propel you towards success. Using affirmations is critical in developing the self-motivation that can make our goals and dreams into realities

· Modify your Thinking

Your mind believes what you tell it. Reprogram your subconscious mind by using positive affirmations and watch your conscious mind transform it into positive action. You essentially become the person you have affirmed yourself to be.

· Personalise Your Own Affirmations

First you need to think about what you want to achieve. Be specific about what you want to be, to do, to have and so on and so forth. Then, with your answer in mind, create your own affirmation in the first person and present tense. This creates concrete, tangible goals which give you a direction in which to work towards.

· Repeat, Repeat and Repeat

In order for your affirmations to be effective, you must repeat them to yourself daily with attention, conviction, interest and desire. Writing them down on post-its which can be placed in places where you can frequently see them (fridge, bathroom mirror, etc.) is also a good way to remind yourself of them.