“If you wish to understand the Universe, think of energy, frequency and vibration.”
~ Nikola Tesla
Resolutions are a popular way to start the new year. Depending on which study you find, research suggests at least 50% of adults in the U.S. make at least one New Year’s resolution. According to an article from last year on Inc.com, “only about 8% of us achieve them.”
What is a resolution? Essentially, it’s a promise one makes to start doing something good, or maybe to stop doing something not-so-good, in the upcoming year. In other words, it’s a wish for the future. How often do we simply wish for something and sadly, never really follow through with the actions necessary to make that wish come true?
Affirmations are stronger than resolutions. Affirmations are statements we repeat to ourselves daily, while resolutions might only be mentioned a few times and forgotten.
Definitions of Affirmation
Affirmations are, according to Success Consciousness, “positive statements, which use the power of words to program the subconscious mind, build new habits, free you from negative habits, motivate and attract success.”
From MindTools.com, “Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.”
In an article found on PsychologyToday.com, an affirmation “can serve to focus attention on goals throughout the day, which, in and of itself, has the potential to promote positive and sustained self-change.”
In her book, The Power of the Positive, author Colleen Archer states that affirmations “are short, positive, present-tense statements about yourself, your life, and the world, that are meant to create positive change in your life.”
Mindful Helpdesk Definition
Mindful Helpdesk defines an affirmation as a short, one or two-sentence statement in the present tense, expressed with emotion, about a specific goal or a positive change you want to see in yourself or in the world around you.
It is important to add that repeating your affirmations should be a daily practice. Set some time aside to recite your affirmations to yourself. This time could be in the morning after you awake or in the evening before going to bed. Perhaps setting calendar reminders while at work, listing your affirmations in the notes section, might be a useful approach. You might text some affirmations to yourself and read them from your smartphone during your commute or at times throughout the day. You can print your affirmations to post them in your room, on your mirror, or in your office or cubicle wall at work to read them as you pass by those frequently traveled locations. You may also consider keeping a journal of affirmations you found or that you’ve even created yourself.
Examples of Affirmations
Have you ever heard of the serenity prayer? Written in the 1930s by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, the prayer has slightly changed over the years and has become a popular 12-step affirmation. It reads, “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Do you say grace before or after a meal? That, too, can be considered as a positive affirmation.
“Thank you for the food we eat. We are grateful for our home, family and friends, our health, and our work.”
“I am grateful for what the Universe provides, and I am grateful for all that I am.”
“I am open, deserving, and grateful to receive abundance from the Universe.”
There are hundreds of examples of positive affirmations. You’ll find a short list at the end of this blog. Feel free to review and use these. Or, research for your own list. Think of positive changes you’d like to see in your life and create your personal list of affirmations.
Benefits of Affirmations
The Power of the Positive cites four main benefits from an affirmation practice: change negative thoughts to positive thoughts, achieve higher self-esteem, help focus on goals, and help to accept that which you cannot change.
It may have been Lao Tzu who originally said, “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” This powerful quote has been attributed to several others, including Buddha. Dr. Wayne Dyer may have best summarized this with, “Change your thoughts, change your life.”
Our thoughts, our imagination, and our words send vibrations into the universe. From The Secret, “the Law of Attraction … does so through the magnetic power of your thoughts.” Additionally, “cutting edge science has confirmed that every thought is made up of energy and has its own unique frequency. And when this energy and frequency of a single thought radiates out into the Universe… it attracts the energy and frequencies of like thoughts, like objects, and even like people, and draws those things back to you.”
From Lao Tzu and the Buddha to The Bible to The Secret, and to many other scientific beliefs; the story of thoughts and vibrations and manifestations and receiving what we desire has been reworded and repeated for centuries. There just might be some truth to this idea. Whether through prayer, meditation, mantras, or affirmations, it’s worth giving this idea some serious contemplation. Think positively and send your vibrations.
List of Affirmations
I am patient love.
I am absolute compassion.
I am increasingly understanding.
I am seeing souls on their paths.
I am grateful for what the universe provides.
I am grateful for all that I am.
I am open to and accepting of change.
I am flexible and resilient.
I am resourceful. I draw on my strengths of past achievements to accomplish my goals.
I conquer my challenges. My potential to succeed is extraordinary.
I am aware and I enjoy the abundance in my life.
I feel blessed for the people I attract into my life.
I attract positive friendships with a beautiful sense of humor.
I receive and reflect loving kindness.
I am filled with peace, love and gratitude.
Dear Lord, thank you for your guidance and protection.
Dear Lord, thank you for health and strength.