Posted by: successforrealpeople | October 17, 2008

The Power of Affirmations

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”  ~Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

If you wish to change anything in your life, you must first begin with your mind.  One way to program your mind to reflect the thoughts and ideas of the life you wish to live is through the use of affirmations.  An affirmation is defined as a positive statement declaring that something is true.  It comes from the latin word affirmare, which means to assert.  When we say affirmations we are sending out messages to both our subconscious mind and to the universe about the life we envision for ourselves.  Affirmations said on a daily basis are incredibly effective.

There are 5 components to a good affirmation.  First it must be positive.  For example if you wish to lose weight you would say “I now weigh 125 and I maintain my weight easily” rather than “I am no longer overweight”.  Secondly, it should be said with conviction and power.  It isn’t necessary to believe what you are saying in the beginning.  Repeating affirmations over time will change the internal messages in your subconscious mind and you will begin to see a change in your thoughts about yourself and ultimately a change in your life.

Affirmations NEED to be stated in the present tense.  You state them as if they are real and happening right now.  “I am confident and comfortable in my job today” not “I will be comfortable in my new job.”  Will indicates something that is in the future.  You want your subconscious mind to perceive it as being true today.  You want to use sentences that start with “I am”, “I have”, or “I feel”.  The affirmations must also be possible.  Being wealthy is a possibility because you could win the lottery or have a relative leave you some money.  However if you wish to be a famous singer and your tone-deaf, that isn’t very realistic.  And lastly, your affirmations must be personal.  You cannot affirm things for others, only yourself.  Affirmations only work for the person saying them because the words are internalized through repetition.

Here is an activity I would like you to try.  Pick an area of your life that you would like to change.  Then write or type out 21 affirmations targeting that change.  If you need help creating your affirmations, you can go to A Place for the Heart, Success Consciousness (at the bottom of the page), and Bmindful.  Cut your affirmations apart so that you have each affirmation on a strip of paper and put them in a bowl or jar.  For the next 21 days you are going to take one affirmation out and say it or write it (both is most effective) 10 times with as much feeling and conviction as you can muster.  When the bowl or jar is empty, pick another area you want to address and repeat the process again.

If you are not familiar with affirmations, these are some of my favorite books on the topic:

  • Change Almost Anything in 21 Days by Ruth Fishel
  • Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction by Jack Canfield
  • Beyond Positive Thinking by Dr. Robert Anthony
  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  • I Can Do It by Louise L. Hay
  • Affirmations: Your Passport to Happiness by Dr. Anne Marie Evers

I’m going to leave you today with this video on affirmations.

Wishing you much happiness and success!



  1. Im going to have to look into getting that jack canfield book. Great post btw

  2. Another wonderful article. Personally, I enjoy watching the Secret video over and over. Also, I use some placards in which I have written down affirmations. These I read every time I enter my car and every time I leave my car. The habit of affirmations without it becoming a chore is the key to help them create your future, I think. Thanks for your excellent articles!


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