JOYkwondo

The Martial Art of Joy

Day 18: Affirmations

“We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, so we are then master of the situation.”

~ Florence Scovel Shinn

Many people practice speaking positive affirmations over themselves, consciously choosing words that will either help eliminate something from their life or help create something new. Repeating a positive affirmation to yourself tells your subconscious mind that you are taking responsibility and that you are aware that there is something you can do to change.

Saying affirmations is only part of the process. What you do for the rest of the day and night is even more important. You may choose to say something like, “My prosperity is growing,”. That’s a great affirmation!But then afterward, if you think to yourself “This is stupid. This mind power stuff doesn’t work.”, which affirmation do you think will win? Your complaining affirmations will always win because there are more of them, and they’re usually said with more feeling.

The secret to having your affirmations work quickly and consistently is to put yourself in an atmosphere for them to grow in. When you’re in a good atmosphere, it’s easier to choose to think positive thoughts. And the more you choose to think thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work.

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Training Exercise

For your training exercise today, you’re going to create your very own affirmation (or a whole series of them, if you like). Here are some basic guidelines for creating powerful daily affirmations that work:

  1. Start with the words “I am.” These are the two most powerful words in the English language.
  2. Use the present tense.
  3. State it in the positive. Affirm what you want, not what you don’t want.
  4. Keep it brief.
  5. Make it specific.
  6. Include an action word ending with “–ing”.
  7. Include at least one dynamic emotion or feeling word.
  8. Make affirmations for yourself, not others.

Here are some examples:

“I am joyfully driving my new red Porsche convertible down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.”

“I am so happy and grateful that I am now earning $150,000 a year.”

“I am so happy and grateful that I am now celebrating having achieved my ideal weight of 140 pounds”

Write your affirmation creation in the comments section below, and remember to keep a copy for yourself to repeat often. Also, don’t forget to write your Joy Journal entry for the day!

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