The definition of affirmation is the following:
Affirmation is a declaration that something is true.
Well, yeh! But…it´s so much more than that…
For many years now I have read countless books about personal development, positive psychology, goal setting and about how to achieve success. I have also gone to numerous seminars and have work experience in seminars on these topics. Lastly, I have read many research articles focused on these same topics through my psychology studies and all this I have studied with great care. From all of this I have gathered extensive knowledge that helps and guides me each and every day
Every day I put to use what I have learned. One of the things that I have learned and what I started to do a few years back was to use the power of affirmations.
I began making my own affirmations that coincided with my goals, which I also set regularly. By stating my affirmations every day, I am putting my goals in action much sooner than I otherwise would. Simply by using some time each day to think about your affirmations, you are sending a special message to yourself about what you want to accomplish. You are reminding yourself about all the things you want to do and achieve.
The power that you will unleash with this simple exercise will be amazing. I highly recommend that you do this every day. Make this one of your daily habits. Make it your regular routine to state to yourself your affirmations.
Not just a definition of affirmation
One of the things that I´ve also done is to write my affirmations down on cards (or paper, whatever is best for you..even a little notebook) that I keep in my wallet so it´s easy for me to look them up whenever I want or whenever I find the need to get some willpower from within.
This isn´t a complicated thing to do. This is actually relatively simple and something everyone can do. But, unfortunately, not everyone does. The sad truth is that many people never even consider doing this. They don´t even try, which is really sad because those people will never experience the amazing benefits they would get if they would.
This simple technique will get you closer to your goals sooner than you think. When you´re thinking about your own, personal affirmations which are all important to you, you´ll actually start to behave different from before and you´ll attract these things that you seek, much sooner than you otherwise would. You will start to put into place a series of events that will all deliver your goals in your reach.
What do you actually want?
I encourage you to take some time right now to think about your own life and if you are truly happy with everything, as it is right now! Is there anything in your life that you would like to be different? Is there anything that you would like to change? Are you happy with your job? It there anything else that you would rather be doing? Are you happy in your relationship? If you are a student, are you happy with what you´ve chosen to study? How do you react in different situations? Is there a skill or habit that you would like to have? If you´re not completely satisfied with the way things are right now you should consider what it would take for you to be happy. What changes would you need to make for you to be happy and satisfied with your life? What would you like to be different in your job for you to be happy? What would have to be different at home for you to be happy? What would it take?
When you´ve realised your ideal situation you should think about the following thing.
If you do nothing different, if you make no changes to your life – everything will stay the same. Do nothing and everything will remain unchanged! You have great influence on those changes that might possibly happen. Actually, you have the most power! There´s no sense in waiting for something to happen. You need to MAKE things happen! This is where the affirmations come in. Why not make your own affirmations to make it easier to make those neccessary changes you want to make in your life. You can use your affirmations for encouragement and as a reminder for those things that are the most important to you.
Just to give an example, I can tell you about one of my personal affirmation. One that I use regularly is: „ I am organized!“. Being organized is a skill that I value highly and therefore I constantly remind myself about it´s importance. Remember the definition of affirmation? Affirmation is a decleration that something is true! That´s right! That´s why I state this in this manner, as it were true. Of course this is something that I have mastered very well, but many years ago that was not the case..
Your affirmations can be about anything but the most important thing is that you make them about something that is really close to YOUR heart. Not anyone else´s. They should be about something that is really important to you. Something you care about. That´s how they will become powerful, because they mean something to you and you want to see them become realized.
The power of quotes
What I have also done is to collect various good quotes that I have come across. I even have a special notebook for these quotes, one that I keep with me wherever I go. These quotes are ones that have caught my eye as they are in one way or the other related to both my own affirmations and my goals. These quotes I then use alongside my affirmations. I will explain later, in a special article, in more detail how you can build your own series of affirmations in a few simple steps but this is something that can actually be rather difficult for some people. Even though it´s simple, some find it difficult. That´s also one of the reasons why not everyone does this. Sad, but true!
It´s easy to find some good quotes that relate to you and this is something that everyone can do.
Start by finding quotes that sum up some of the things that are important to you and that you can relate to.
Write them down and I highly recommend a special notebook for this.
My best quotes of 2011
To start you off I would like to share with you some of my favorite ones, those that helped me the most this last year, my best quotes of 2011. Maybe they will also speak to you and help you along your way to achieve those changes you dream of. You should treasure YOUR best quotes and read them over and over each time you need some extra encouragement, strenght or willpower.
And to finish, I hope you see my point of view when I say that the definiton of affirmation is not just a definition..it´s so much more!
Here are my best quotes of 2011. Enjoy!
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
“There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there’s virtually no competition.”
- Steven J Ross
“So many of our dreams at first seems impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
- Christopher Reeve
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
- Dale Carnegie
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
- Thomas A Edison
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
- Dr Wayne Dyer
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”
- B. Olatunji
“Many of life’s failures are people who had not realized how close they were to success when they gave up.”
- Thomas A Edison
“Success is what you attract by the person you become.”
- Jim Rohn
“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!”
- Donald Gardner
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus when the limo breaks down.”
- Oprah Winfrey
“It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.”
- Jim Rohn
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life’s about creating yourself.”
- George Bernard Shaw
Until next time..