Creating and Practicing Daily Affirmations

How to practice daily positive affirmationsEvery morning this summer, around 7am (when I’m finally able to coax my eyes open), I go on Twitter to satisfy my feelings of social media FOMO. For the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that every morning at this time, a friend of mine tweets the same affirmation. It’s simple, honest and to the point. It reads: only good lies before me.

What’s the first thing you tell yourself (or others) in the morning? Do you do a mental run through of impending tasks, unanswered emails or unscheduled blog posts? I’m guilty of all of the aforementioned.

What if you started your day differently. What if the first thing you told yourself (and others) each morning was the very substance that fueled your day on the highest note possible. That’s truly the power of daily affirmations -more specifically, developing one powerful affirmation which you repeat constantly.

Creating a daily affirmation is just a personal and deeply self-exposing process. You have to look inside of yourself and ask: What is it that I need? What am I afraid of? Where do I feel lack? 

Questions that we normally try to hide from, or use other things to distract us from. You have to let go of your crutch, drop your guards and allow yourself to let vulnerability and humility reside wholeheartedly within you for a moment. You may feel exposed or unsafe at first, but in the end, you will find yourself standing strong and free.

I once wrote a running list of fears in my journal. All of the things that kept me awake at night, that brought on unaimed tears. I decided to revisit that list, and use it as a jumping off point for a daily affirmation. I looked for commonalities, themes and trends between the words and phrases. This is what I ended up with:

I am successful, full, complete and well prepared. Even more great things lie ahead.

Easy ways to practice daily affirmations:

+ Say them out loud, everyday – like in the morning when you’re showering or going through your routine.

+ Share it – post it on social media {I’ll be tweeting mine}. Or tell it to a friend – text each other your daily affirmations!

+ Write it down. In a journal, a notebook, on the bottom of your to-do list. See the words as you say them.

+ Immerse yourself in it, and let the words become your truth.

Do you have any affirmations that you say daily? If you’re creating one, share it in the comments!

{photo credit, edited by myself}

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  1. i always tell myself “I will have a prosperous, productive and profitable day” I love the idea of sharing them on social media!!

  2. I like your friend’s daily affirmation! I’ve never thought about having one before, let alone sharing it on social media. Maybe I should come up with one as well. 🙂

    -Mo
    http://www.ollivandermo.com

  3. Affirmations or mantras can be so powerful! Especially when we really believe them. I like the ritual and ideas that you have here. I actually have some audio affirmations that I listen to every once in a while (should probably do them more often), but I like them because there are phrases and beliefs I would have never come up with on my own, but that so embody where I’d like to be! I think it’ll be interesting if you revisit this topic in a month or two and say if you feel like there’s been a change in your life because of it! 🙂

    • I love the idea of listening to the prerecorded mantras. For the very reason you said -sometimes we just don’t think of all the good stuff. I definitely think when I step back and reevaluate this again, my affirmation needs will be different, just as I will probably be a little different.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Hope all is well with you!

  4. It’s kind of fitting for my personality but I always tell myself “If at first you don’t succeed, just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Because mishaps will always occur throughout the day and sometimes it’s out of our control. When I can pinpoint the good in those moments–it still allows me to have a better day. Thanks for this post!

    • I think that mantra is AWESOME! I love that it does two things – acknowledges that certain things are beyond your control, and that you are not any less powerful because of that. That’s a powerful affirmation!

      • Thank you for letting me share that with you! Knowing that definitely helps me to just keep a positive attitude about everything.

  5. I love having my personal mantras and being able to meditate over them and what I want to accomplish. 🙂 This is so important and most people have no idea that small phrases can definitely change the way you look at yourself and your life!

    • I could not agree more! This past year has definitely taught me the power of words and mantras! You can truly shape the world with your words!

  6. I love this idea! Every night I do gratitude affirmations of everything I feel blessed to have in my life xx

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