There is no shortage of theories on what the best positive thinking exercises are. Not to mention that, hypnosis, guided visualization CDs, professional therapies, and affirmations all have their own set of positive thinking exercises.  With so many  options, it can be difficult to know where to start.  I, of course, am an advocate of the many positive thinking exercises that use positive affirmations.  Positive affirmations are easy to understand, effective, and always accessible. When you consciously repeat a phrase over and over, your subconscious starts to accept it as true.  What you accept as truth dictates your actions and experiences.  This is why positive thinking exercises that use affirmations are so powerful. Below are several of the ways you can use positive affirmations.

Chanting and/or Singing Affirmations

I’m sure you have noticed how you can get a song stuck in your head.  It’s easy for the mind to remember words that have been set to a melody or that have rhythm. There are affirmation CDs available that are great for listening to in the car, especially if you are a commuter.

Writing Out Affirmations

Written positive affirmations are one of the most popular positive thinking exercises.  Some people write them out several times a day, up to 100! This can help commit them to memory until they become second nature in your self-talk.  Another great way to make use of written affirmations is to display them in places where you will see them frequently throughout your day. Good places are the refrigerator, your closet door, bedroom/bathroom mirror, or in your workspace.  This of course can help you to regain or maintain focus on your new positive thinking goals.  It is also a huge help if you display the written affirmations along with an image.  This way your mind has a mental image to associate with the words, giving the words more power.

Using Positive Affirmations In Meditation

This is one of my favorite positive thinking exercises to start my day with.  I will choose or create a positive affirmation that appeals to me for that day.  I first take three deep cleansing breaths. Then, I clear my mind and repeat the positive affirmation out loud until I have it memorized.  Next, I repeat it in my head and imagine in detail what the statement looks and feels like.  Finally, I write out all of the important thoughts and images that came to me during my 15 minutes of quiet focus.  This is a wonderful way to discover the roots of deep seated resistance you may have to a specific positive affirmation and also connect emotionally to the words.

Saying Affirmations In the Mirror

A powerful way to use positive affirmations is repeating them while looking your self directly in the eye.  Some people have difficulties with this because they feel like they are lying to themselves.  But, it is important to remember that you are retraining your thinking.  Saying affirmations in the mirror is a way to impress upon your brain the importance of the message.  When you are able to do this without hesitation or resistance, you will know that your mind is beginning to or has accepted the affirmation as true.   

Saying Affirmations In The Morning and Evening

A lot of people say affirmations in the morning when they wake up and at night before bed.  This is a good way to start your day and let positive affirmations sink in while you sleep.  The important thing to remember is that this positive thinking exercise used alone can lead to slipping back into negative thinking during your day. Be sure to use this method with one of the other exercises.

Receiving  Affirmations Using Subliminal Messages

There are many positive thinking exercises that move beyond the blocks of the conscious mind and deliver positive affirmations directly to the subconscious mind. These subliminal message products come in the form of CDs with messages hidden in music or software that display the messages, images, and words un-noticeably while you work on your computer.  Before using one of these methods it is important that you fully understand and subscribe to the practice of using positive affirmations.  You still have to do the work of visualizing, feeling, and believing to see results.  I recommend using these as a booster to your other exercises and reading the affirmations, out loud, with passion, before you start the subliminal messaging whenever possible.  It is important to hear the words in your own voice so that you embrace them as your own truth.  This way you are using two paths to changing your thought patterns, subliminal and conscious.