Affirmations | what are?

Affirmations involve repeating words and phrases to yourself that send specific instructions to your body and mind. In other words, your affirmations must send commands that help direct your thoughts and actions throughout the day.

More specifically, affirmations are used to help support the daily habits and beliefs that build the foundations of your actions; allowing you to achieve your goals. And this all essentially comes down to talking to yourself with a sense of purpose.

You could for instance design your affirmations around how you would like to behave throughout the day in order to keep yourself focused on achieving goal-related tasks. Consider for a moment:

What do I want to accomplish and why?

Whom do I need to “be” in order to accomplish my goal?

This is all about designing and developing the mindset required to enhance your life, to overcome limitations and problems, to develop empowering habits, beliefs and the attitude that it will take to accomplish your goal. And all of these things of course come through the affirmations you set into motion.

Typically you will want to build your affirmations upon specific actions that you will take throughout the day to accomplish your goal. You could for instance take into account the frequency of the action, the quantity that must be achieved, and any timeframes that must be accounted for. Your affirmation could therefore evolve along the following lines:

I am confident in my skills and in my ability to get things done.

I am calling 5 prospects an hour and generating an average of $100 worth of sales per prospect.

Every call I make gets me closer to the $50,000 target I reach by December 31st of this year.

No matter what happens I will stay focused and on track; always moving forward in pursuit of my goal.

As you can see within this example, the first affirmation addresses the level of confidence (belief) I have in my ability to get things done; the second addresses what specific actions I will take to reach my target (habits); the third addresses the big picture time frame and target I am working toward (goal); while the final affirmation addresses the mindset required to follow through with my actions (attitude).

Now of course your priorities, tasks and activities might change from day-to-day. As such your affirmations should change accordingly. And that’s of course okay. As long as your affirmations are tied to specific actions you take throughout the day and are built upon developing empowering beliefs, habits and an attitude that helps move you closer to your goal, then you will be fine. 🙂

It’s important to note that affirmations are however limited in that they don’t allow you to expand your understanding and awareness of a situation. You might for instance suffer a setback and subsequently achieving your target might now seem improbable. In such instances you must step back from blindly repeating affirmations and instead begin asking questions that can help you explore why things are the way they are and how you can get things back on track. Only in this way will you successfully move through the potential problems and challenges that arise.

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