The Power Of The Positive Affirmation
With the rise of personal growth content and as self-development increasingly taking center stage in our lives, the use of strong affirmations has become extremely popular.
As it turns outs, there’s a lot of science to back up exactly how a simple set of positive words can dramatically improve your mind and body.
In this article, we’ll cover what positive affirmations are and their potent effects on the human brain. We’ll go on to explain the ways you can use them to create more love, health, and general well being in your business and personal life.
We’ll also be sharing our Top 20 Positive Mindvalley Affirmations as well as the 3-step process on how to go about creating your own for any situation life throws at you.
The Definition Of A Positive Affirmation
Positive affirmations are so much more than feel-good quotes on corny memes. In short, affirmations are statements that are used and repeated to encourage and uplift the person speaking them. And they work because they’re written in the language of the brain using a specific formula.
3 Elements Of Successful Affirmations
Because positive affirmations are written in the language of the brain, they follow a very specific formula.
It turns out, our brains are pretty strict and straightforward about their linguistic rules. Here are the guidelines:
1) Don’t use past or future tenses. Positive affirmations are always in the present. If you see a positive affirmation that says “I will…,” “I used to…” or “I’m going to…” then this is NOT an affirmation. Your brain will only ever optimally respond to positive present tense affirmations such as “I am calm.”
2) Positive affirmations only include positive words. If you see a ‘positive’ affirmation that has words like “don’t,” “can’t” or “won’t,” it’s not positive! It takes your brain a lot of extra work to evoke meaning from negative statements as it is wired to seek out positive instruction. E.g. – “I’m never worried” to “I’m always calm.”
3) Speak confidently, as if your positive affirmation were true – a hard, solid fact. Statements that contain words like “might” and “could” aren’t nearly as powerful as statements that contain words like “am” and “do”. E.g. – “I could be calm in every situation” vs. “I am calm in every situation.” Your brain will respond to this even if secretly you don’t believe it to be accurate. When you come across an affirmation that makes you squirm in discomfort, it’s a good sign that it’s exactly the affirmation you need to repeat.
The Language Of The Brain
Because of the amount of information your brain has to process every single second, it takes everything you think and say literally. When you understand how this literal communication works, you begin to see how this affects your emotions, behaviors, and even your physical wellbeing.
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Remember how we said that you shouldn’t use the past or future tense when you’re creating an affirmation? That’s because everything that happens is happening in the present moment from your brain’s point of view.
When you think, your brain processes the information literally and prepares you for the action that should immediately follow the thought.
For example, if you think to yourself, “I’m going to have an amazing time on my date this weekend,” your brain essentially hears ‘amazing date’ and starts firing off all the connections to prepare you for this amazing date to ensure its amazing-ness – mentally organizing which clothes you’ll wear, what you’ll say, how it will feel, etc.
You’ll get a buzz and even start throwing out some sweet feel-good hormones right then and there. Your heart rate increases slightly, butterflies flutter in your stomach, and a big, cheesy grin spreads across your face. That’s fun.
It’s NOT so fun, however, when fear and worry about the future are thrown into the mix.
The Dark Side Of Affirmations
Take a scary movie for instance. Or stage fright. Just like the positive example, your body will respond just as powerfully, if not more so. Your heart will pound. You’ll sweat. You might feel dizzy and sick. Your brain is doing its job which is to prepare you for the perceived danger. This happens because your brain can’t tell the difference between what you’re experiencing right now and what you’re imagining you might experience in the future.
Moreover, it only understands positive commands. Have you ever had an emotional experience and told yourself, “don’t cry,” only to find that you’re sobbing even more? There are actually two things happening in the brain that make phrases like “don’t cry” totally counterproductive.
First, when you tell yourself “don’t cry,” you are giving your brain two different commands. The first command is ‘don’t’ and the second is ‘cry’.
You can process the two words together and consciously understand their meaning, but your brain hears the word ‘cry’ and the subconscious begins to activate the neural connections for that command.
Unfortunately, after all that work, you haven’t given your brain an action to take instead of crying. In the end, you’re essentially telling yourself to cry, over and over again.
How To Instruct Your Brain For Success
The next time you’re in a situation where you want to experience the opposite emotion, think of that opposite emotion and command yourself to do that instead.
Instead of, “don’t cry,” try, “I am calm,” instead and see what happens.
Remember, your brain is a creature of habit, always looking for instructions, and is eager to set you up for success – all you have to do is instruct it in a language it understands, and keep repeating it. This is why positive affirmations are so powerful and consequently uncover the secret to positive thinking.
What Can Positive Affirmations Help With?
You can use positive affirmations to accomplish anything. Confidence and self-esteem issues are certainly the number one reason people use positive affirmations, but you don’t have to limit yourself to these uses.
With positive affirmations, you can:
- Manifest more money
- Attract romance into your life
- Nurture healthy relationships
- Lose weight and exercise more
- Uplevel your career
Sound good? Using the 3 Elements of Successful Affirmations section above, you can now start writing your own. If you’d like some inspiration, keep reading. We’re about to give you our Top 20 Positive Mindvalley Affirmations for 4 important categories: work, love, health, and your daily wellbeing.
Mindvalley’s Top 20 Positive Affirmations For Life
Recommended Affirmations For Work
If you’re looking to improve your overall job performance, find a new job, change careers, or improve relationships with clients and coworkers, use the affirmations below.
- I further my career with every action I take.
- I am enthusiastic and excited about my work.
- My job brings me financial abundance.
- My coworkers love being around me.
- I am focused and productive at work.
Recommended Affirmations For Love
Whether you want to improve your romantic relationship, your relationship with yourself, or you’re ready to attract your soulmate, positive affirmations can prepare you perfectly.
- I radiate love and others reflect love back to me.
- I love myself.
- Forgiveness and compassion are the foundations of my romantic relationship.
- My partner is very physically and spiritually attracted to me.
- Life is full of love and I find it everywhere I go.
Recommended Affirmations For Health
Easy access to unhealthy foods has created an epidemic around the world. The temptation to choose convenience over health is difficult to resist.
Many people struggle with weight-loss, illness, and low body confidence, going back and forth between diets, but never finding success.
If that sounds familiar, these affirmations are for you.
- I love everything about my body.
- I take care of my body and exercise every day.
- My body is healthy and full of energy.
- I am very grateful and happy that I weigh ___ (fill in with desired weight).
- I crave healthy, nutritious foods.
Recommended Affirmations For Wellbeing
Who doesn’t want each and every day to be filled with happiness and excitement?
That attitude may seem idealistic right now, but practice some of these daily affirmations and watch how they transform your everyday experiences.
- Every morning I wake up with thoughts and feelings that are nourishing.
- I am enthusiastic about every second of my life.
- Everyone sees how much joy and love I have for life.
- My life is full of magic and serendipity.
- I see the beauty in everything.
The Ultimate 3-Word Positive Affirmation
If you’ve ever doubted yourself, if you’ve ever just not felt good enough or thought you weren’t worthy of achieving your goals then you know how crippling that quiet torment can be. Not just for your self-confidence, but for how your life ultimately pans out in every way.
The legendary transformational hypnotherapist, Marisa Peer, is world-renowned for 3 powerful words. 3 words that can challenge and erase self-doubt long-term, 3 words that can change it all.
‘I Am Enough.’
These seemingly unassuming words have deeply enriched the lives of thousands, and have paved the way to confidence, courage, and happiness for all who’ve explored them.