It is four o’clock in the morning and here I am writing an article about powerful affirmations.
Most people might think I’m crazy to be up this early. But for me, this time is sacred.
It’s quiet in the house. I can focus with no interruptions. I have the freedom to explore my thoughts and ideas or I can just sit in silence and relish my solitude.
Daphne, every day, you are taking the steps you need to live a life filled with meaning and purpose. Your work devoted to women’s self-leadership is helping thousands of women flourish and thrive.”
Starting Your Day Right
I have a ritual and I never deviate from it.
I’m like an athlete preparing for an event. I sit at my desk and get ready to start my morning ritual. I turn on my essential oil diffuser and breathe in its pure, therapeutic fragrance. Then, I launch into what I call my morning ‘power hour’ which sets the stage for the day ahead.
My power hour is devoted to gratitude, journaling, learning, and visualization. But there is one practice in particular that I find incredibly beneficial to my spiritual development: positive morning affirmations.
Positive Morning Affirmations
Positive affirmations are a series of positive statements you say to yourself. Done properly, they have the power to shape your thoughts and rewire your brain so you can become the highest, truest version of yourself.
To help you craft powerful affirmations to start your day right, I’ve created a five-step process that will help you start your own journey toward cultivating a powerful, positive mindset.
Five Steps to Crafting the Perfect Powerful Affirmations
Focus on the details: when crafting your powerful affirmations, make sure to be specific. Write out exactly what it is you are accomplishing, how, and with whom.
Example: [Your name], you are engaging with highly skilled thought-leaders and as a result, you are developing key connections that will allow you to thrive and flourish in your marketing career.
Use action verbs: make sure your powerful affirmations describe a particular action.
In doing so, you’re sending a signal to your brain that you need to act to get closer to your goal. Craft every affirmation with action verbs and you’ll be on your way to creating a brilliant future.
Example: Engaging, flourishing, connecting, reaching, achieving, etc.
Feel it: don’t recite your powerful affirmations like a robot.
Rather, take the time to feel your words. Affirmations should be giving you goosebumps and create a sense of genuine hope and accomplishment.
This is the superpower of affirmations. If they aren’t stirring you from the inside, change them or tweak them.
Use the second person: as you read or recite your powerful affirmations, do so as if you are talking to a close friend.
Life coach and author, Brendon Burchard, calls this “self-coaching.” This practice is highly important to prime your mind and to generate self-motivation.
Example: [Julie], every day, you are taking the steps you need to meet your quarterly goal of landing three new clients.
Add visuals: if you want to boost the effectiveness of your affirmations, add an image that reflects the vision of your powerful affirmations.
This will help crystallize the affirmation in your mind and increase its positive effects. Plus, if you’re a visual learner, you’ll appreciate this extra step.
Although I have several ongoing positive affirmations in my journal, I often go back to this one. Feel free to adjust it to your needs and add it to your collection, or simply draw inspiration
” Daphne, your thoughts, actions, and words are aligning with your destiny. You are where you need to be at this moment in time and you are enjoying the journey to unlimited growth and success.”
In this world in which we are constantly struggling to counter the potential negative effects of violence, war, and chaos, positive affirmations, done daily and mindfully, can prime your mind to be open and receptive to whatever incredible opportunities may present themselves. They help broaden your awareness and propel you to flourish and thrive.
A Call to Action
Take ten minutes out of your busy schedule and craft one or two positive affirmations. If you’re having a hard time coming up with your own, positive thinking apps like ThinkUp can help.
Just download the app and choose from one of their many powerful affirmations and start from there. You can also ask our community to share their favorite affirmations by leaving a comment below.