Affirmations: The Power of Self-Talk

Affirmations: The Power of Self-Talk

By: Elise Gray - Posted in:
Woman practicing her affirmation about making money

What can one achieve with positive affirmations? Psychologists and business gurus alike agree that keeping a list of positive affirmations can help boost one’s confidence and therefore improve their quality of health, wealth, and overall happiness. In contrast, negative affirmations can keep you from achieving your ideal life.

The idea that repeating either positive or negative affirmations can directly impact your life sounds nuts, but is it? Perhaps the shell of who you are is created by the experiences you have at a young age. However, the person you choose to be is nothing but a collection of decisions.

One can re-write history with specific affirmations, which make the process of happiness and wealth somewhat of a decision making process. Therefore, if one is unhappy, the idea of affirmations suggests that this person is merely repeating the wrong things to themselves, a.k.a, negative affirmations.

Affirmations are merely the things we repeat to ourselves, whether it’s positive or negative. Many of the things we believe about ourselves are subconscious, so learning to undo negative affirmations and replace them with positive affirmations can be difficult at first. According to wealth connoisseurs like Jen Sincero, best-selling author of You Are a Badass At Making Money, repeating a list of positive affirmations can be helpful.

The Power of Positive Affirmations

You are what you believe yourself to be.

What can a list of positive affirmations do for you? For starters, it can help re-wire your brain. If you repeat something to yourself over and over, you’ll begin to believe it ––that’s when the magic happens.

Make a List of Positive Affirmations & Inspire Change

When you make a list of positive affirmations and put in the legwork to achieve your goals, you can access great things. Positive self-talk is one of the most efficient ways to get the things you want. Here are some examples of a list of positive affirmations:

  1. I am a positive person and will spread positivity to everyone that I encounter today.
  2. I magnate wealth and am worthy of receiving it because I will use it to better my life and the life of all whom I come in contact with.
  3. I deserve to be successful because I enjoy the journey and work necessary to achieve it and wish to use my success to help the world around me.
  4. I am healthy and thankful to be so.
  5. I love and accept myself.
  6. I am allowed to change my mind.
  7. Wealth is all around me.
  8. I can achieve wealth if I want it.
  9. Opportunities are available to me.
  10. I am going to get the things that I want.

How I Used Positive Affirmations to Achieve Things

A businessman once spoke in one of my classes and gave a TED-talk like speech about generating success. He talked about the power of goal setting with vigor. The man suggested that we all go home and make a list of positive affirmations.

I picked out a page in my spiral notebook, and I wrote about a life I didn’t have yet. It felt stranger than it sounds. The page featured a dorky sketch of me standing next to my ideal car, a Nissan 350Z. However, I went on to write about being a loan officer and being 25, and how much I loved my job.

I not only accomplished every single thing on that page, but I did it well before I planned to do it. Not only was I a loan officer by 21, but also I bought my first 350Z when I was 19. I purchased my second at 22. I wish “I’m a fantastic driver,” was one of my affirmations because I crashed the first one. I turn 25 this year and I’m clearly no longer a loan officer, but I do love my job. It’s funny how life works, isn’t it?

The point is, I wasn’t entirely sure what was going to happen when I was writing down goals. I only knew that I wanted these things to happen. I made a list of positive affirmations and worked for them.

Positive affirmations aren’t like spells. You can’t write down what you want, do nothing, and then expect the ideal situation to fall in your lap.

How Can Negative Affirmations Impact Your Life?

We don’t realize it, but we repeat negative affirmations to ourselves day in and day out. Maybe you make the occasional self-deprecating joke. Perhaps you are rationalizing your way out of something you really want. Negative affirmations stay dormant in our minds and with every “I can’t” or “I’m not smart enough,” we drift farther away from the things we want. Negative affirmations tend to be on the self-critical side. Catch yourself and watch as change unfolds.

Here is a list of negative affirmations that you might subconsciously repeat to yourself:

  1. I never get the things I want.
  2. I don’t deserve this.
  3. I am trapped.
  4. My life sucks.
  5. I’m not good enough.
  6. I am ugly.

The list can go on and on. To defeat the self-defeating thoughts, one has to transform negative affirmations into positive ones. You have to catch yourself when you make comments to yourself. It’s the things you say in private that matter the most.

How Negative Thoughts Can Keep You Away From Wealth

When I drive in Beverly Hills, I always mutter to myself, “Pft, rich people,” with an eye roll when I get cut off. Bring up a comment about a celebrity deserving privacy or battling depression at a party and listen to the answers you get. “They signed up for that.” “How can you be depressed when you have all the money in the world?” 

What’s funny is that the same people who make those comments would most likely want to be wealthy if given a chance. How can we expect the universe to grant us wealth when we have a poverty mindset?

When you have a rigid belief about something, you’re shutting yourself off from a broader realm of possibilities. If you believe wealth will make you an inconsiderate jerk, your brain will protect you from that with negative affirmations.

Understanding the power of your subconscious mind and what it can do will help you navigate negative affirmations. The idea that one can create a list of positive affirmations and then reap the benefits sounds trivial. However, it’s not a minor task because it is merely planting a seed.

It takes years to build up a list of negative affirmations, and sometimes just as long to tear them down. Why? It’s easier to believe the negative things about one’s self than the positive. Our society has created various multi-billion dollar industries that profit off of self-consciousness. From plastic surgery to high-end vehicles––we are always without that extra something.

The ironic thing is that thinking like this is part of the poverty mindset which keeps us desperately clawing at a glass ceiling we built out of our insecurities.

Great Things Take Time

The most important thing to remember about positive affirmations is that they don’t work unless you do. Positive affirmations also take time.

You’re never going to find a life coach with a get-rich-quick scheme that’s willing to admit that it took several years and sleepless nights to accomplish great wealth. Yes, you should write down a list of positive affirmations, and you should repeat them. However, it’s only a starting point.

Everything begins with an understanding of self. Be conscious of how you talk to yourself and catch your negative affirmations. Then do something every single day that gets you a step closer to your goals. Even if that something is getting out of bed, it’s still something with a capital S.

The point isn’t how long it takes for your list of positive affirmations to work, as long as they do.

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