How to Write Affirmations: A Beginner's Guide to Popular Strategies

Do you want to begin writing daily affirmations, but you’re not sure how to start? Here’s a beginner’s guide to help get you!

So you’re looking to start writing affirmations for your life, but you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you heard someone say how writing their affirmations helped them achieve their goal, your friend suggested you both take up the habit in the New Year, or you’ve just always been curious about the practice but you just never knew where to start. Or maybe you saw a recent article that talked about the benefits of writing affirmations. 

Regardless of your reasoning for wanting to start writing affirmations, you might now find yourself stuck and not knowing how to begin. Writing affirmations is an easy and beneficial habit to incorporate into your life, but knowing where to start and how to write affirmations can be challenging. If you’re in need of a guide to help get you started, keep reading for some tips on how to start writing affirmations. 

What Are Affirmations?

Before you can begin learning about writing affirmations, you first need to have some understanding of what they are. So what are affirmations and why should you care about them? Affirmations are a tool you can use to change the way you think and live. Essentially, affirmations are a way of positively putting your intentions out into the world so that you can make them happen. Everyone’s heard the saying that we attract what we put out into the world. Affirmations are a way of putting into the world what we want to get back. 

But what are affirmations? Affirmations are sayings and intentions that you can either verbally or mentally tell yourself every day, or you can write them down in a journal. Affirmations are a common tool used in therapy to help you change your negative thoughts into positive ones. By saying or writing these positive affirmations daily you can change the way you think, and it is believed that by doing this you can attract and achieve the affirmations you write. Basically, if you think and write positively then positivity will come to you.


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Writing affirmations in a journal is a great way to have them visually represented in your day to day life. 

What Are The Benefits?

So why even start writing affirmations? Affirmations can have many benefits, specifically for your mental health. It is often easy to think in negative ways about things going on in our lives. By using affirmations, you can turn these negatives into positives. Instead of focusing on what is going wrong, write your affirmations about what you want to happen, but in a format as if they already have happened. By doing this you will train yourself to think more positively about any situation. When we think positively about situations and events that might threaten to upset us, we are attracting a positive outcome from the universe. Ever hear the saying “you get what you give?” Well, apply that to your affirmations and you might see yourself crushing your goals before you know it!


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The best way to begin writing affirmations is just to pick up a pen and start writing.


Guidelines For Writing Your Affirmations:

1. Give thought to your words

Before you write your affirmations, take some time to really meditate on what it is you want to ask for in life. Think about what you want to accomplish or change in your life so that you can be specific in writing your affirmations.

2. Be specific 

When writing your affirmations, the more specific the better. When you used to make a Christmas list to Santa you wouldn’t just put that you wanted a toy; you’d write out exactly what you wanted. Use this same logic with your affirmations. The more specific your affirmation, the more specific your mindset toward it will be.

3. Use present tense language

While affirmations are a way of writing out what you want or what you want to achieve in life, the key is to use present tense language. Fake it till you make it is a real thing here; if you want something, act as if you have it. For instance if you want to start having more confidence when you speak you might write something like: “I have important things to say” or “My opinion matters.” 

4. Be positive

One of the most important things to remember when writing affirmations is to be positive. Not only should you be positive in your attitude toward your affirmations and their ability to work, but you should also remain positive in the actual affirmations you write. The goal of your affirmations is to attract a more positive mindset; this begins with the affirmations you write. You can’t be positive if you don’t think positive. 

5. Be practical 

The last tip for writing affirmations is to not make any affirmation that is too outrageous. If your affirmations are unobtainable or too difficult to start with (chances are you’re not marrying Harry Styles anytime soon) you might find yourself getting discouraged. Try beginning with affirmations that are more reachable and working your way to the harder ones as you go on. 


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Write the affirmations that resonate with you the most. 

15 Affirmations to Get You Started

  • I am in charge of my life choices
  • I am loved and accepted
  • I am capable of finishing my work on time
  • I am a good and supportive friend
  • I am a good listener
  • I am strong and I am brave
  • I am successful in my job and my education 
  • I am capable of standing up for myself
  • I am ready to forgive my past
  • I am not responsible for the happiness of others
  • I am ready to move on from my past relationship 
  • I am in control of who I let into my life
  • I am happy and excited
  • I am ready for change
  • I am allowed to put myself first

Writing affirmations shouldn't be a hard or complicated process. Writing affirmations is supposed to be a fun and uplifting experience. When beginning to write your own affirmations, just keep in mind to stay true to yourself and what you want to get out of the whole process. You don’t have to say a million affirmations a day; stick with the affirmations that resonate with you and your personal journey. What affirmations work for someone else might not work for you. This guide isn’t the only way you can write affirmations, but you can use it to help you get started!


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Kaitlyn Harris

Kaitlyn Harris is a professional writer, lover of the arts, and an aspiring world traveler.
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