Affirmations are assertions of something that provide emotional support and encouragement. They help for both short and long-term goals and can also be used to change a belief system. The best way to perform an affirmation is to stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eyes, and say them loudly and with conviction. Examples would be “I shed fat like water” and “I will love myself today”.
To affirm something is to persuade yourself of its validity. We’ll use the same two examples as above.
Say you want to lose some weight, any amount, it doesn’t matter. If you tell yourself everyday “I shed fat like water”, then you’ll start to believe that it’s true. Or, to put it another way, you can’t tell yourself one thing and believe another without some sort of discrepancies popping up. Meaning that you’ll have no choice but to actively choose your reality. Constantly telling yourself how easily you shed fat will lead you to act as if that were true, lending to that particular belief. You may start to eat smaller portions or to exercise more. Same thing with “I will love myself today”. Only loving thoughts about yourself will enter into your conscious mind after a while.
Once you take a belief for granted you no longer see why it shouldn’t be. And that’s the power of affirmations. Telling yourself the same thing over and over until it sticks in your subconscious is a way of forcing a new reality on yourself. So mind what you say to yourself.