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How to Write Affirmations and
Make an Effective List of Affirmations


Learning how to write affirmations is easy if kept simple and targeted.  When most people begin writing positive affirmations, however, it's easy to get off course because...

Most people think affirmations need to complicated.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Keeping your list of affirmations filled with short affirmations that are well targeted can move you fastest toward change than having an affirmation list filled with complicated desires.

One other thing that most people mistakenly do when making up a list of affirmations to recite is to include “negative words” like “don't” or "am not" that should not be included in the phrase.

Affirmation Examples

First, let's briefly answer the question, “What is an affirmation?

An affirmation is a positive phrase that you repeat often enough and with enough emotional charge to make a positive change to your subconscious so your internal beliefs synchronize with the positive affirmation or that maintains your current mindset and keeps you stuck where you are now.

In other words, if you say something – anything – to yourself for a long enough period of time, you are programming your subconscious to reflect the exact same thing as you having been saying to yourself...

And these affirmations can be positive or negative...

Positive affirmation examples are: 
"I love myself"
"I am successful"
"My life is full of joy"

Negative affirmation examples are: 
"I'm so stupid"
"I never do anything right"
"I never remember names"

Did I surprise you by including negative affirmation examples in an article on how to write affirmations?

Well, actually, if you're like most, you're already an expert at saying daily affirmations to yourself that “affirm” your present state of mind

What you want to do is learn how to write affirmations that are positive affirmations that gently change your thoughts over to becoming more loving and self-forgiving overall.

Self Esteem Affirmations

Creating self esteem affirmations and self love affirmations is your starting point because no matter what you want to change in your life, whether it is to make more money or to have more love in your life, you'll want to gently shift your belief in yourself to receive whatever it is that you desire.


Because everything you receive in life is based upon your belief of being deserving of it.  If you have high self esteem, you're more prone to feel deserving.

So, it's important to include affirmations like:

"It's alright to love myself unconditionally."

"It is possible to feel great about myself."

"I love who I am right now."

"My self love is getting better every day."

Notice that I've kept these daily affirmations centered around giving yourself permission to change?

When learning how to write affirmations in the beginning, you'll want to be gentle with yourself and use self love affirmations which give you permission to change and are believable.  If you use self esteem affirmations that say things like:  “I'm terrific and worth a million dollars,” you'll have to do a lot of positive affirmations to make the large leap to instill that belief. 

It's better to keep your list of affirmations very believable and just a “nudge” above where you are now so you get there faster.

It's also important to get down to your core beliefs that really "make you tick" because these are the beliefs that hide in the background and say, "nan nan" to your affirmations and make it harder to make change that doesn't acknowledge what's really going on inside.

Writing Positive Affirmations

Another thing you'll want to do when writing positive affirmations is to focus only on your end result; i.e., becoming “thinner” instead of “losing weight.”

Affirmation examples to consider:

I am becoming thinner and more beautiful each day.


I am losing more and more weight every day.

The second one focuses on the word “weight” whereas the first one focuses on “becoming thin and beautiful.” 

In fact, if you look at the second phrase from an NLP viewpoint (neural linguistic programming), you see that the words “more weight” are right next to each other, so what is your subconscious hearing?

More weight!  Ugh!

Keep Affirmations Positive

One essential element in writing positive affirmations is to keep the affirmations positive.  To do this, you should never use words or phrases like:

I am not
I do not
I never
I don't want to
I should never

The main reason for this is no matter how many “don't's” “do not's” or “I should not's” you put into the phrase, all your mind is hearing is what it SHOULD NOT do...

Affirmation examples to consider not to use:

I don't like to eat candy
I am not overweight
I do not like to gossip
I never want to overeat
I don't want to be poor
I should never bite my nails

If you take away the “don't's” etc., you'll see that you're left with “like to eat candy,” “like to be poor,” or “like to gossip.”

Be careful about the subject of your affirmations and make sure they are sending you in the direction that you desire.

List of Affirmations

You'll want to be sure that your affirmation list is well-rounded enough to include many facets of your life so all of your positive affirmations work together.

Here is a suggested affirmation list that includes subjects that work together to make your positive affirmations work:

Self esteem affirmations
Self love affirmations
Positive Affirmations for Health
Abundance and Prosperity Affirmations
Morning Affirmations to instill gratitude
Relationship Affirmations
Happiness Affirmations
Spiritual Affirmations
Prosperity Affirmations
Career Affirmations
Motivational Affirmations
Subliminal Affirmations
Affirmations of faith and trust
Daily positive affirmations that say, “I can”
Marriage affirmations (if you want to improve your marriage)
Weight loss affirmations (if you want to lose weight)
Stop smoking affirmations (if you want to stop smoking)

Do you need to do all of these as daily affirmations?  No, but when I make up a new list of affirmations, I tend to have a list of around 50 daily affirmations that focus on every aspect of my life usually with three affirmations per subject.

Morning Affirmations

When you start out writing positive affirmations, a great way to get your “juices flowing” is to practice morning affirmations. 

When you wake up in the morning, by simple saying short affirmations of gratitude about the things around you, you'll soon get the flow of gratitude going where you'll have a hard time stopping it.

This "flow" of gratitude then can help raise your vibration to a higher level, which in turn can help you write positive affirmations that help you change your life.

Writing Positive Affirmations

Well, I think we've covered some of the basics of how to write affirmations by considering self esteem affirmations as the foundation for change, focusing on your end result (such as becoming thin and beautiful), leaving out the “bad words” like don't, etc., finding your core beliefs and finally making up an affirmation list that encompasses many portions of your life.

A great way to get started off on the right foot with your affirmations
is to use my How to Change Your Beliefs program that helps you "root out" the limiting beliefs that are stopping your daily affirmations from working.

how-to-change-your-beliefsIf you want to "do affirmations in your sleep,"check out my Change Your Beliefs Guided Imagery Meditation Program.

It effortlessly inputs positive affirmations all day and night through "invisible" subliminal recordings as well as has a PDF Quick Start Guide, PDF Workbook, and meditation mp3 audios.

Most importantly, it teaches you how to find your limiting beliefs that stop your daily affirmations from working.

Check out this list of affirmations article too...

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