The Essential Elements of Creating Affirmations

Although the results positive statements can produce may seem magical, creating affirmations is no mystical feat. The right affirmations can bring you immeasurable benefits, but there are several elements you must use when creating them.  You must be mindful of the tense in which the statement is written and aware of the intention and goal of the phrase. Let’s go over each of these issues in more detail.

1. Positivity– The first and foremost element when creating affirmations is the tone of the quote. The phrase must be positive for everyone involved!  Remember, you are creating affirmations to improve your quality of life. So, if your statement says something positive about you and negative about another person, you will continue to have a negative experience yourself and with the other person.  For example:

“Megan will realize what a good catch I am when I find new love”

Becomes:

“I release Megan with love and I am totally free to embrace my new perfect mate”

In the second statement you appreciate and release your old relationship and open space in your heart. The space that was once occupied by bitterness for Megan can now be filled with acceptance and love for your new mate.

2. Present Tense– Many people are challenged by this concept.  People often say they feel like they are repeating a lie because what they are saying does not match what they currently see. There are two things you should keep in mind to over come this challenge.  The first is that your current unpleasant situations are a result of your old thinking patterns. You are using positive affirmations to create pleasant future situations. Second, is that in this very moment (the present tense) the world we live in has unlimited amounts of what ever it is you are seeking, and you are creating affirmations in the present tense to increase your awareness and acceptance of these things right now. For example:

“I will have the perfect home.”

Becomes

“I have the perfect home.”

You may think, “But I don’t have the home I always dreamed of.”  However, it is reasonable to assume your dream house does already exist.  By stating that you already have it, you are working through your conscious mind to get your subconscious to believe it, be more aware of opportunities to make it happen, and recognize it when you see it.  Focusing on what you don’t have will just create more experiences of lack and limitation.

When you create affirmations in the future tense you’re telling yourself that what you’re affirming will happen on some undefined date. This lessens the statements power by taking away its sense of urgency and minimizing its importance.

3. Goal Specific – When creating affirmations you should be very specific.  General positive affirmations like “The world is a safe place,” are good and can help your outlook on life. However, general positive affirmations aren’t useful for achieving definite goals.  If your goal is to improve your relationship with your brother, then you might use something like this:

“I express compassion and love for my brother.  All is well between us.”

If you have a goal of improving your diet you could use:

“I appreciate and love my body. I enjoy good health because I choose only healthy foods.”

4. First person– Creating affirmations in the first person (in other word using the word “I”) is most effective because you connect yourself with the positive statements. It is important to make this connection and visualize the emotions and actions of the affirmation.  After all, the point is to train your subconscious to accept the affirmation as your truth.  Statements repeated or written without mental focus, about an undefined person will not be effective.

These are the main elements necessary to create effective affirmations. Next, you must choose an area to start affirming for and then finally a method.  Creating affirmations takes practice and consistency.  But, once you have mastered them, their power is unparalleled.