As humans, we tend to have a massive amount of negative self-talk running through our heads every day. In fact, science has found that humans are more likely to focus on negative stimuli than positive stimuli (also known as the negativity bias).
Oftentimes, we aren’t even aware of our own negative voice because it is so deeply ingrained in our minds.
However, we don’t have to simply accept this way of thinking – we have the power to change it.
Cue the practice of positive daily affirmations.
Affirmations were introduced to me by a wise therapist as a tool to rewire your default mode of thinking.
While it does take consistent effort to change these habitual ways, I truly believe affirmations are an incredibly powerful tool to do so.
When I created the Affirm Me app, my goal was to make a simple tool that helps us recognize and reverse these negative thinking patterns in a fun and easy way.
Through the app and the tools I share through this blog, my hope is to influence your life through the powerful practice of positive daily affirmations.
With that being said, today I want to share with you a few questions you can ask yourself to enhance your affirmation practice.
These questions will aid you in gaining clarity through affirmations no matter where you are at in your practice.
What kind of personal transformation do you wish to get out of your affirmation practice?
In other words, what is your “why” behind using positive daily affirmations? Having a reason to back your practice will make it far more meaningful than to just start with no direction.
Perhaps you want to be more present in your life, or work on building your self esteem. Whatever your “why” is, make a point to write it down so that you can come back to it again and again.
Think of it as the foundation of your affirmation practice. As we will cover in the following section, your enthusiasm may fade with time, and having a clear understanding of what you wish to accomplish will help you stay consistent.
What will you do when enthusiasm fades?
Starting a practice of any sort will likely begin with a wave of enthusiasm and hope.
After a few weeks go by, you may be familiar with the feeling of those feelings waning away. That is expected and normal!
To prepare for this, it’s important to have a plan as to when and how often you will practice, as well as how you will keep yourself accountable.
Here are a few things to consider:
- The time of day that will work best for you to practice
- Deciding how many repetitions of each affirmation you will do
- Identifying what tools you will use to practice affirmations
Most importantly, transformation through affirmations doesn’t happen overnight – but by considering these questions you will be well prepared to create a practice that lasts.
What additional tools may help you in your affirmation practice?
While affirmations on their own are powerful, you may also want to consider additional tools that can greatly enhance your practice.
In our experience, we have found that using verbal communication is extremely beneficial. Reading positive daily affirmations is a great place to start, but speaking them out loud allows you to be even more engaged in the meaning behind the words. We also recommend recording yourself saying your affirmations so that you can also play them back and implement audio learning!
Another tool you may want to consider is the use of music. Music offers the chance to zero in on our practice and not the distractions around us. We write and record our own music for the app, which you can read more about here.
Finally, utilizing quick and easy affirmation journal prompts is also a wonderful addition to your practice. This will help you reflect on not only how you are showing up that day, but how affirmations are helping you evolve over time.
We built Affirm Me with all of these tools and more, so that you can make the most of an affirmation practice. With all of these tools in one place, it makes it easy to create a consistent and meaningful daily practice.
Ready to start? Download our Affirm Me: Daily Affirmations app here.
P.S. We are always looking for feedback on our app so that we can make your practice the best it can be. Feel free to get in touch by comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you think could be beneficial.
Wishing you light and positivity,