How to Make Affirmations Work for You

How to Make Affirmations Work for You

If you believe in self-help, then you have probably heard all about affirmations. Perhaps in the beginning you felt a bit silly saying such flowery and loving things to yourself. However, if you stick with it, it will work wonders for you and for your life.

Affirmations are not simply statements that you look in the mirror and repeat to yourself over and over as you roll your eyes because you really do not believe in them. Affirmations work best when there are certain key elements incorporated into them from the beginning.


In order for affirmations to work, you must believe in them. Affirmations that are empty or half-hearted will not work for you ever. In order for an affirmation to work you need to deeply believe in the statement that you are making.

For example, if you are saying to yourself that you are successful and you are really not feeling it, you may wish to change your affirmation a bit. For example, you may wish to state to yourself that you are capable of being successful. Start at that point. Sometimes by trying to convince yourself that you are successful when you are not in the present moment, may make you feel worse.

Start with a statement that let’s you know that you are perfectly capable just like anyone else of being successful. Once you begin to truly believe that you are capable, then you will take action steps to prove yourself right.

Be Present

For an affirmation to work, you have to try to stay present with yourself in the moment. Being present will allow you to act as though you are already successful. When you do not travel to the past history or worry about the future, but stay in the present, you are more able to utilize affirmations for their greatest success.

Use statements such as, “In this moment, I am capable of achieving success.” When you use current moment statements, you reap greater rewards.

Use Your Senses

When you use your senses, you are better able to feel your affirmations to be real. Feel what it feels like to be a published author or a successful entrepreneur. Smell the scent of the ocean as you say your vows to your new beloved. Affirm that you are lovable and deserve love as you use all your senses to heighten the affirmation.


Be consistent with your affirmations and repeat them daily. If you can, say them at the same time every day or for a certain number of times each day. For example, you may wish to say your affirmation that you are deserving of love every day, three times per day.

So, if you wish to really make affirmations work for you, you have to feel them, believe them, be in the present moment, and be intentional about saying them daily.

In this manner, before you know it, everything that you have affirmed about yourself will become true in your daily life.

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  1. ReplyTimothy Gagnon

    A lot of self-help books recommend positive affirmations but I never really gave it a shot because I thought it sounded a little cheesy and corny. Still, I think it’s something that I should try as I tend to let negative thoughts flood my mind on a regular basis, something that’s not helpful for anyone. Thanks for writing this article! I’ll have to try some affirmations!

  2. Replyelaine

    When I work on affirmations I follow rhe guidelines you offer as sometimes like you say having an audacious affirmation (or so it seems) can have a detrimental affect.

  3. ReplyJulie Corbett

    My best success with affirmations is to place them in a container of some sort. I will write down those which I completely believe to be true and those that I may not buy into 100% at the time, but I know they can be true. When I’m feeling lousy or need a little pick me up, I will randomly pick one out of my container. I believe that it’s beneficial to read the ones you don’t necessarily believe in at the moment. It’s a great reminder of what can be. Plus, if I don’t like one particular affirmation, I just fish into the container for a different one! It’s a win-win situation.

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