How to use positive affirmations for maximum psychological benefit

June 1, 2013

positive affirmations

We all have the same goal in life when we strip all nonsense to the basics. We all wish to experience as much life as we can, and learn and grow from those experiences.

Although we could never run of new things to try we seldom do. Most of us have a routine that we stick to for months, or even years.

We all have baggage we carry

The reason is that we all have some kind of baggage or a barrier that holds us back from really prospering. These barriers can come in many forms.

For example, some of us may lack the confidence to go after what we want, others may believe that they are not good enough, and then there are those of us that are addicted to one thing or another, be it cigarettes, alcohol, food or something different entirely.

Unfortunately it usually takes us a lot more time to deal with our problems than we both planned and hoped it would take. Some of us might never even get close to getting rid of our baggage.

Positive Thinking

The first, fundamental thing every one of us needs in order to be able to develop is a positive mindset.

A positive mindset will make it much more likely that you will find the motivation, strength and endurance to do what needs to be done so you can finally start living the life of your dreams.

There are many ways to rewire your psyche to think positively.

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations are just statements which we affirm to be true. We affirm those statements to ourselves.

The goal of affirming sentences to ourselves is to start believing in them. Positive affirmations a person might recite to him or herself might include ones like “I am confident”, “I always go after what I want”, “I love myself” and “People find me attractive”, among countless others.

Positive affirmations help solve pretty much any problem you may have, if they are used the right way. Here is list of a few problems they can help you deal with:

  • Confidence issues
  • Health issues
  • Weight loss
  • Quitting smoking
  • The law of attraction

There are of course many more areas positive affirmations can help you with. You can find a huge list of positive affirmations written to help you deal with almost any problem imaginable at

How Do Positive Affirmations Work?

The underlying reason positive affirmations work is repetition.

Go back to the time when you were in primary school. The way you learnt anything was to repeat it enough times so that you were able to recite it at will, even if someone woke you up at any point during the night.

That is the same way positive affirmations work. Repeat them enough times, and you will rewire your mind and replace the old, negative beliefs that hold you back with the new, positive ones that will help you take your life to the next level.

You would use positive affirmations by first writing down the ones you believe would benefit you the most, and then setting up a time each day during which you would recite them to yourself.

Do stay consistent. Reading them takes only a few minutes of your time per day, while the positive changes that the affirmations would bring would be permanent!

The Best Way To Use Positive Affirmations

There are a few things that can help you get the maximum benefit from reciting positive affirmations. Of course, over time you will develop a style that suits you best, but this is a list of things that work form most people.

      1. Stand in an upright position, take a good posture and relax your shoulders;


      2. Speak affirmations out loud one by one, with a tone of voice that leaves no doubt that you are confident in what you are saying;


      3. Speak in a slow, deliberate fashion. Take your time;


      4. Speak in front of a mirror so you are able to catch yourself if you are breaking any of the rules;


    5. Smile;

Reciting affirmations two times per day, once when you get up, and once before you go to bed and repeating your list of affirmations a few times in a row could also help you to maximize their effectiveness.

As already stated, they work because of repetition. Make a list of affirmations, schedule the time to recite them each day and do so in a confident manner fully believing in what you are saying, and over the next few weeks you should see gradual positive changes in your behavior, and also in the way you feel and the way you think.

It would be advisable to make a promise to yourself that you will stick to reciting the affirmations for 30 days, and see where to go from there. Basically, when you experience the results after those 30 days have passed, you might realize that positive affirmations might have been the best thing you have discovered in your life.


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