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Attitude Is Everything: How to Use Positive Affirmations to Improve Your Self Image

Updated on July 3, 2015

The power of positive thinking is a cliché that many have heard throughout the years, but there is some truth to it. Look at all of the successful people in the world, many of whom admit that they used the power of positive thinking to get where they are in life. If you focus on positive, you will receive the positive. The same goes with negative thinking. If all you do in life is focus on the negative things, only negative results will come your way.

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What are Positive Affirmations?

Webster’s dictionary states that an affirmation is “…a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.” This article will focus on only positive affirmations that will lead to greater personal growth and self improvement. Negative affirmations will not improve your life, only hinder it.

Examples of Positive Affirmations

There are different areas in your life that you can influence with positive affirmations, you can choose as many as you would like. Keep in mind, if you are writing your own affirmations; make them positive, no negativity. Below is a list of daily affirmation examples.

· Love Affirmations

o I am open and deserve a relationship that will nurture and fulfill me.

o I love openly, therefore I am loved openly

· Health Affirmations

o I make choices in my life that lead to a healthy lifestyle

o My body is healthy, active, and full of life

· Weight Loss Affirmations

o I chose to make healthy food choices today

o I am the perfect weight for me

o I am me, I love my body, and I love my size

o I make healthy food choices for my overall well being

How to Use Positive Affirmations

There are a few ways that you can incorporate positive affirmations into your life, you can chose or more, depending on what works for you. I suggest you try a few of them to pick the one you feel most comfortable with. Below are examples of how to use them.

· Mirror Statements – Look at yourself in the mirror, in the eyes. Repeat the affirmations to yourself. Make yourself believe what you are saying. Pretend you are trying to tell yourself a very important message. That person in the mirror needs your help; tell her that you mean what you say.

· Journal – Write down your affirmations. Write them over and over again. Fill up a page or two with the affirmation. This will cement the affirmation into your subconscious. For many, physically writing things helps them remember things. Great way to put this into practice!

· Audio CDs – Create an audio CD or buy an audio CD with positive affirmations. Listen to it in the car, getting ready for work, or surfing on the Internet. Setting these affirmations to be repeated as background noise will send those positive ideas straight to your brain! Subliminal self help at its best.

Getting started

Once you decide to start using positive affirmations on a daily bases to improve your life, read as much about it as you can. Start writing down affirmations that you want to use, ones that will focus on the area in your life you want to focus on. Decide on a strategy or strategies you want to use and get started. The more you believe, the quicker the results will happen. Ignored the negative comments that try to come to the front of your brain, push them off and ignore them. Only focus on the positive affirmations that you came up with. Good luck and positive thoughts coming your way!


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      6 years ago

      I totally agree that taking a decision is important and once we decide to start using positive affirmations on a daily bases to improve your life, we should try to inculcate it seriously in our day to day life. I have found a treasure trove of printable affirmations from, that i keep posting all over my home.

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      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      I like your hub, I wish I could incorporate affirmation into my life. But they just don't seem to work all that great for me. I do journaling, and try to add quotes and some affirmations to remind myself better days are always possible. Thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      This is a great hub, it's amazing how powerful this can be. We definitely can have a huge influence by what we tell ourselves. Thanks for writing this.

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      8 years ago

      This is very helpful. It's amazing that you're taking the time to help people improve their lives.

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      8 years ago

      This is very helpful. It's amazing that you're taking the time to help people improve their lives.if you are writing your own affirmations; make them positive, no negativity.

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      8 years ago

      Awesome, helpful hub, thanks for sharing! :)

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      8 years ago from New York

      This is very helpful. It's amazing that you're taking the time to help people improve their lives.

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      Michael Jay 

      8 years ago

      Great hub,flounderingsahm! I really like your hub. Thanks for sharing this.


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