Personal growth gurus seem to tell us that daily affirmations are one of the keys to us growing and reaching new heights. But what are they and do they really work? How do I even start creating daily affirmations? It almost seems like these go against everything that we’ve been told for a big part of our lives. Our schools, our jobs, even our family obligations tell us how we should be acting but not one of them seem to show us how it is okay for us to visualize a goal, repeat this thought and focus on our personal achievements.
“I can be what I will to be”
This was a simple phrase I learned when I started working with the Master Key Experience. It sounded really odd when I first started saying it but with repetition, I actually believe it! A little trick that has become indispensable is recording my affirmations in my own voice on my phone so I can listen often. I added music too, which we were taught.
Making daily affirmations a priority
By making daily affirmations a priority, I find myself feeling better about myself. Adding to the affirmations, I include daily gratitudes on “flashcards”. We learned to make cards and to read through these cards instead of randomly picking up our cellphones for no reason. On these cards, I have words like “do it now”, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy”, and gratitudes like “I graduated university”, “I earned free trips with my company”, “I can sell a car” and even “I got out of bed this morning” (for those trying days!).
I flip through these cards (the recipe style cards) multiple times a day. Are they magic? No. Is there power in these cards? On their own no, but flipping through hundreds of affirmations and gratitudes several times a day, reminds me that I am a force to be reckoned with! I got to this point in my life with many successes and an abundance of graces.
Waiting times and daily affirmations
I don’t have the cards with me while I’m driving to work each morning. (Well, I do but I understand reading while driving is a bad thing☺️) I do find myself with idle time, though, while I am waiting at traffic lights. What an opportunity to capitalize on this pocket of time in the day! I recite “Do it Now” 25 times….I recite “I am creative” 20 times…I recite “I can be what I will to be” 20 times. I could go on, but i think you get the idea. These simple phrases repeated in these pockets of time we almost all have each day make it an achievable and realistic goal to set.
What have I found from the daily affirmations? I have found there is power in my daily affirmations! Some days they help just to get through the but most days, I look back and realize the accomplishments I achieved were so much more than I would have thought I could do. I have found the power to “be what I will to be”!
Nicole, good for you for using affirmations to make you better each day. From your blog rover friend John.
Thank you John! I always appreciate your comments:)
Love it!!! Thanks for this meaningful article about affirmations. You get the point across! Consistency is SOOO important. If I tell myself something once, it’s not enough to counteract years of my subconscious telling me something else. If I do it consistently, the way you show, continuously with flash cards, visualizations, etc…. it works! We can retrain our mind and slowly our subconscious starts to believe the new thought! … And great reminder to me to do more of this! Thank you so much for this post! 🙂
Exactly, Laura! Consistency is vital:) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
How wonderful – you have taken those simple daily practices and found the power in them! The power to change your life!
thanks for sharing Nicole. Great blog
Linda E Slaughter
This is such a great article about affirmations. Thank you so much for reminding me that they really do work.
Reminders are sometimes a good thing:)
It really does show that the power we find does not have to be a large, gigantic action. something small and simple can be extremely powerful! Thanks, Arlene!
It really is about we tell ourselves, isn’t it? Great post, Nicole. Thanks so much for sharing these gems.
Nicole Sikora B.A.
My pleasure, Day! Thanks for reading:)
Thank you for reminding us of doing affirmations, Great job.
Nicole Sikora B.A.
Lee, You are so welcome!