30 Days of Positive Affirmations - Conclusion

So, my thirty day trial of affirmations is now over. How did things go?

What was it all about?

My "experiment" was to use positive affirmations on a daily basis, to see if they made a difference in my life. The initial idea was to repeat my affirmations once in the morning when I woke up, and then again at night just before I went to bed. I started with six affirmations, most of which were inspired by content on bmindful.com.

What went wrong?

The first week went well, but I noticed something of a slow down in week two. I tweaked my affirmations to make them shorter and easier to remember, and I also increased my exposure to them by carrying them around on a small card in my wallet. I found the article "Creating Effective Affirmations" at bmindful particularly useful when rewriting my affirmations.

What went right?

As I touched on in But I Can't!, sometimes I will mentally talk myself out of a situation through a negative self voice. I've found that using daily positive affirmations has stopped me from using this negative voice, and I've often found myself overriding my negativity with my new affirmations.

It's refreshing to be in a situation that would normally cause anxiety, and to hear your "inner voice" repeating positive affirmations instead of negative ones, and needless to say it makes a difference to mood and productivity. I found that shorter affirmations worked best, so I modified my original six accordingly. I also found that more focussed affirmations worked better, so I kept each affirmation focussed on a single subject. The increased exposure was also quite effective, especially as some affirmations tend to stick better than others.

Was it worth doing?

Undoubtedly, yes. I'm sticking with these affirmations for the foreseeable future. Whilst they haven't completely transformed my life, they've made a noticeable improvement. As with everything I do, I'll continue tweaking my system to get the best results.

If you're thinking of using positive affirmations in your life, I can highly recommend "bmindful.com". It has a selection of well written articles about affirmations, and also has a list of affirmations that you can add to your own custom list.

Affirmations - Week Two

I've finished my second week of using daily positive affirmations, which wasn't as eventful as the first week. Here's a look at my observations so far:

What's working?

I still get a positive boost when reading them in the morning, and they're still helping me through sticky situations.

I'm still surprised by just how effective they can be at times, and I often find myself repeating my affirmations if I'm feeling low. They don't completely remove the negativity, but they certainly make a difference.

What's not working?

Although I look at my affirmations twice a day, they're still not as ingrained as I'd like them to be. There are still times when they don't seem to work, and I think this problem could be solved by exposing myself to my affirmations more often.

Some affirmations are working much better than others, and I've found that short, simple and focused ones work much better for me.

What's going to change?

I've got six affirmations, which I'm going to tweak slightly. A few are a little too verbose, and some overlap a little in their intent. I'm also going to increase the regularity at which I read them, and make a small card to carry around with me.

So far this experience has been quite eye-opening. I always suspected affirmations would have a positive effect, but I never got around to trying them out. The results I'm getting so far are certainly encouraging, and I'm hoping these tweaks will improve my performance.

Affirmations - Week One

It's been a week since I started using daily positive affirmations, and I'm seeing some interesting results so far.

There's definitely been a positive effect. I've been in a few negative situations over the past week, and when my usual reaction of feeling down started, my affirmations kicked in and I booted out the offending thoughts. It was certainly an uplifting experience.

If you've ever heard of the "Law of Belief", you'll probably recognise what's happening. The Law of Belief postulates that people behave in a manner consistent with their beliefs. It's a simple principle that can have powerful results, but most people only ever experience the negative effects.

For example, if you sit on your own, slouch down and say to yourself "I'm such a failure", then that's exactly what you'll be! Having this negative belief will do you no good at all, and will only help to reinforce your feelings.

The good news is that you can choose to believe whatever you want, and that is a very powerful tool for personal development. Affirmations will help you reinforce positive beliefs, and banish those limiting negative beliefs.

But I can't!

Lifehack.org has an interesting article entitled "But I can't…"

How often each day do you tell yourself, or others, you can't do something? Is it true? How do you know you can't? What if you're limiting yourself without knowing it? What if you're lying to save face or avoid embarrassment?

This is one of things I hope to overcome with the use of positive affirmations. I don't expect to notice any large changes just yet, but I'm quietly confident that they will have a positive effect on my life. "I can't" is simply a negative affirmation, and one I intend to ditch for good.

30 Days of Positive Affirmations

The 30 day, no risk trial

Back in April, Steve Pavlina wrote about the concept of testing changes in your life for 30 days.

A powerful personal growth tool is the 30-day trial. This is a concept I borrowed from the shareware industry, where you can download a trial version of a piece of software and try it out risk-free for 30 days before you're required to buy the full version. It's also a great way to develop new habits, and best of all, it's brain-dead simple.

I like this method because it's a great way of overcoming the initial resistance to change. You know you can stop after 30 days, which also drives you towards completing the trial period.

The power of positive affirmations

I've read about the use of positive affirmations in several books, but I've never got around to trying them out. A recent entry on Out of Bounds about positive affirmations renewed my interest in them, so I've decided to try them out.

The article also links to a very interesting site, bmindful. It's a very modern looking site that allows you to share and tag affirmations. I'm using a few of the affirmations as inspiration for my own.

The experiment

Starting on the 1st of December, I'll be using positive affirmations for 30 days. It's quite likely that I'll tweak as I go along, but at the start I intend to write my affirmations on an index card and read them aloud three times a day.

I'll be writing about the whole experience, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the results are.