In order for this to happen, the affirmations need to be spoken in a language that your subconscious understands. According to dummies.com, effective affirmations are written based on a negative thought you have about yourself in mind. You then write the positive opposite of that thought. The affirmation should be short, begin with "I" or "my," written in the present tense and as a positive statement- don't include words /phrases like "am not," "don't," "am stopping" etc.
In an ongoing effort to proactively manage my anxiety, I've decided to give this a try. As I started to think of the negative thoughts I have about myself, Bible verses popped into my head as the positive opposites. Therefore, my affirmations will be rooted in Bible verses. This is my first time trying this. I'm no expert. Therefore, if any of you have experience doing this and I've missed the mark somewhere, please comment below and steer me in the right direction. Here it goes:
Philippians 4:8(NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
My Affirmation: I choose to think of things that are true, noble, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.
Psalm 139:14 (NIV) I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.
My Affirmation: I know I am amazing because I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.
Romans 12:6-8 (NIV). We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
I am a good writer and teacher. I know I am good because God continues to bless me with these talents. I am using these talents to serve and bless others.
Romans 8:28 (NIV): And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
My Affirmation: I am well taken care of and secure because God is working everything out for my well being.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
My Affirmation: I am calm, confident and thankful. I pray to God and he answers.
Let's see how this goes. I imagine that later on I'll write more. These are sufficient for now. Have you tried affirmations? Have they worked for you? Comment below.