Affirmations can be a highly effective way to boost your confidence as a creator. And they can also help you feel inspired, motivated, and loved by yourself. While using these simple sayings can seem pretty straightforward, there are ways of implementing them that will make them even more effective.
Multiple empirical studies have been done proving the positive impact that affirmations can have on your mental health and overall well-being. But sometimes it can feel almost a little cheesy. Like if you’re trying to chant in the mirror about how awesome you are. This is where it’s essential to know how and when to use affirmations, and most importantly, which ones to use.
You’re worth it and deserve business success.
About using affirmations
Affirmations are a way of practicing self-love and self-improvement that has the ability to contribute to rewiring neural networks in the brain. And therefore your patterns of self-talk and self-perception. And overall, attracts more positive experiences in your life. While this might seem a little too fantastical to believe, there’s actually neuroscience to back this.
The Reticular Activating System (or RAS, for short) is a filter that we all have in our brains. It is shifting through millions of pieces of information at any given time. And it discerns what external stimuli need to make it through the filter and into our conscious brain.
In other words, it’s the mechanism that decides what we notice and what we don’t. It’s the reason why you might not notice that the light bulb is out over your front door. But you do pick up on the fact that there are new flowers in bloom when you step outside. Simply put, there’s too much happening all around us at any given time for our brain to take in and make meaning of. The RAS will discard the information that it doesn’t deem important or necessary so that your brain doesn’t get overwhelmed.
Something important to know about the RAS is that you can “train” it. So you can work to train it to pick up on certain things and filter other things out. This powerful mechanism of the brain makes it entirely possible to train yourself to find exactly what you’re looking for.
For example, if you’re looking to increase the number of students enrolled in your course and want to feel more financially abundant, you can use a mantra such as “I am a magnet for money” every single day. Over time, your brain is going to be more attuned to money flowing into your account. When you notice and are more grateful for every dollar that rolls in, your brain will also start to subconsciously look for more ways to make money. It will prompt you to do things that maybe felt too challenging before. Like starting a podcast, for example, to get the word out about your course.
This same example applies to self-love affirmations and believing that you are worthy of love, deserve happiness, and are a confident creator. These can seem like no-brainers, of course, you deserve happiness! But these types of foundational beliefs can sometimes be a little skewed in our subconscious. Or they can contradict what our conscious mind thinks.
As you read through the following affirmations, notice which ones you feel pulled to. And it’s imperative that whatever matras you are using feel somewhat authentic. It’s less likely they’ll make an impact if you feel like you’re lying to yourself. So keep in mind that it’s normal if they don’t feel completely true. That’s part of the process of rewiring these thought patterns for something more positive! These affirmations are perfect for creators, but you can also get specific with business affirmations too.
Positive affirmations for self-love
- I create from a place of love.
- I am loved.
- I deserve to be loved and adored.
- I am accepting of myself unconditionally.
- I am needed.
- My presence is a gift.
- I am wanted.
- I love my body.
- I love myself unconditionally.
- I am worthy of love.
- I love all aspects of myself.
- I see and accept all parts of myself.
Daily affirmations for confidence
- I have so much value to contribute through my creations/courses.
- I have the ability to bring joy (or a type of skill) to my audience.
- I am a powerful creator.
- I believe in myself.
- I am a skilled creator.
- I release the need for validation from others.
- My success is measured by my happiness, not external metrics.
- Every challenge provides me with an opportunity to grow and expand.
- I am growing at a rate that is perfect for me and my business.
- I trust the process.
- Someone needs to hear what I have to say today.
- I have the power to positively impact people.
- I deserve to have the desires of my heart.
- I am worthy of making X amount of money from my course.
- I am enough.
- What I create is enough.
- I deserve to make money from my courses.
- I belong in this niche (whatever area you create content and courses for).
- I value myself, just as I am right now.
- I deserve to feel fulfilled.
- I am meeting myself where I am today.
- I deserve forgiveness, especially when I make mistakes.
- I am strong.
- I deserve to take up space.
Affirmations for self-esteem
- I am where I’m supposed to be in this process.
- I am doing it exactly right.
- I trust myself.
- My gifts and talents are needed.
- It is safe for me to be seen.
- It is okay not to be liked by everyone. The audience that is meant for me will find me.
- My creations are sacred and special.
- I am courageous.
- I am safe to take risks and try new things.
- It’s okay to go outside of my comfort zone.
- My feelings are valid.
- I am learning and growing with every experience.
- My journey and pace are unique and exactly right.
- I know that growth and healing are a flowy process, not linear.
- I trust that whoever is meant to see and be positively affected by my content will see it.
- It is safe for me to be vulnerable and authentic with my audience.
- I always have the power of choice.
- I have everything I need right now.
- My well-being is my priority.
- I am highly capable.
- I trust my gut.
- I trust that everything is working out best-case scenario.
- What is meant for me won’t pass me by.
- I am open to receiving all the blessings that are meant for me.
Do affirmations work for self-love?
Affirmations are a proven way to increase self-love. But they’re even more powerful when you combine them with other methods. These other methods could be extra attention on your self-talk, prioritizing breaks, and resting when you need to. Or taking whatever steps are best for you to tend to your mental and physical health. And it’s also important to note that an affirmation practice will yield even greater results when you’re consistent. Using affirmations when you’re feeling down can certainly help shift how you’re feeling. But they’ll be even more powerful if you also use them when you’re feeling good. Make it a regular practice to help build a more solid foundation. So that when the shaky days do come, you’re standing on more stable ground.
How do you use self-love affirmations?
Affirmations are a potent way to increase your self-love, but in order for them to actually work, it’s important to feel them as you say them. You can facilitate this by doing diaphragmatic breathing or EFT tapping while you repeat them. This helps get the body on board and makes it more likely to sink into your subconscious. You can also say them while looking in the mirror. Or write them down. Or have a list of affirmations posted in a highly visible place to you. Make sure to change them out every now to keep them fresh in your mind!
What are the 3 Ps of affirmation?
Positive, present, and personal
There are three big things that can reduce the effectiveness of affirmations. One is writing affirmations that are impersonal. Two is writing them in the past or future tense. And three is framing them negatively.
- Positive – Our subconscious minds do not process negative statements well. So an affirmation that is framed negatively can leave a bad feeling. An example is the affirmation “I am not a failure.” It leaves the word “failure” floating around in the mind. Instead, phrase your affirmations positively. So an example of this would be: “I am a success story in the making.”
- Present – Make sure your affirmations are in the present tense. Affirmation practices are about feeling better right now. And accepting who you are and where you are in your process during this very moment. This will set the stage for the future. So avoid “I will” or “I am going to” when writing your affirmations. And keep what you’re writing and saying in the present.
- Personal – If an affirmation feels phony to you, it’s unlikely to make an impact. Because your mind will reject it right away. So make sure to tailor any affirmation. So that there can at least be a spark of truth in what it is that you’re saying. For example, if it feels like a complete lie to say “I am healed,” then you could reshape that phrase. And try saying “I am a work in progress,” instead. So that way, you’re still saying something that can encourage and affirm your feelings. But without a wall of doubt or resistance.
Whether it’s self-love, self-esteem, or business confidence, you can boost your overall mood and self-perception with affirmations. And you get to be your own biggest advocate and cheerleader. So find the affirmations that work for you and prioritize a few minutes a day on a regular basis to show yourself some love in this way.