The power of affirmations are becoming ever more popular as new age and metaphysical ideologies are becoming more widely accepted and understood. But while their popularity may be growing, affirmations are based in ancient wisdom and harness the power of creating your reality. Pop culture awareness began to grow when the book “The Secret” became a bestseller in 2006.
Looking as far back as Buddhist origins, one early form of affirmations are mantras, or chants/ prayers. While the concept of “Creating your reality” may seem mystical, science has begun proving the power of our thoughts and positive thinking as early as the 1970s. Even Henry Ford’s famous quote, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right,” touches on the power of your intentions.
Without delving too deeply down the rabbit hole of what reality is and how you create your own reality with your perceptions, it’s safe to say there is mounting evidence, even scientifically, that supports the benefits of positive daily affirmations. While ancient mystics from Jesus to Buddha, have preached the power of the mind, neuroscientists and quantum physicists alike see scientific confirmation that our intentions impact our reality.
Once you accept the power of your intentions, you’ll want to harness that knowledge by applying it to your daily life. If we wake each day and begin mentally going through our list of stressors, to dos, and things upsetting us, not only are we giving those thoughts so much power, we’re starting our day on a negative note and will likely continue through the day with that mindset.
Happiness and fulfillment are a choice, not something that “happens” to you and the best way to find them is to choose them with your intentions. When you incorporate daily positive intentions, you will begin to form the habit of starting each day on a positive note, and give those positive ideas more power in your life.
Daily affirmations are not one size fits all. It’s important to focus on what makes you happy or what you define as happiness. While happiness is fleeting, we have to accept what we believe makes us happy if we ever expect to find it. That will include a combination of positive thinking, acceptance, and gratitude.
Rarely will material things provide true happiness, though that doesn’t mean you can’t choose affirmations focusing on personal abundance. Just think of abundance as having your needs met, emotionally and physically, versus having the nicest most expensive things. Though many have claimed success attracting wealthy and material gains through positive affirmations and the Laws of Attraction, so if that is what you believe will bring you happiness it’s worth a shot. Just don’t be surprised if when you procure them there’s still some emptiness there yearning to be fulfilled.
Happiness is personal, it will vary from person to person. But there are some agreed upon variables that appear to impact the frequency of happy moments, including:
To choose your personal affirmations think about the concepts above and how they apply to you and your life. What makes you happy? How can you be of service with your unique set of skills and personality? What people bring the most joy into your life, and what people bring the most drama (you may want to limit interaction with them)?
Here are some examples of popular powerful affirmations you may choose to focus on. Choose only the ones that resonate with you or craft your own. Be sure to speak in positive language and focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
Once you have an idea of what you want to attract into your life and you craft your daily affirmations, you should develop a daily ritual to focus on your intentions.
Developing a daily affirmation practice is the cornerstone for creating the life you want. Don’t be intimidated to figure them out and dedicate yourself to the process. It’s a truly personal practice that you can create to resonate with you and your personal goals. A happier more productive life is possible, once you begin to diligently take on this practice.