page title icon The Science Behind Daily Affirmations and How to Choose Them

Working on my mindset is one of the pillars of my morning routine…meaning, I do a few things each day that helps me get in the right frame of mind to be happy, fulfilled and successful. Repeating and reading specific affirmations is one of the things I do to help develop a stronger mindset by rewiring my brain. 

What is an Affirmation? 

To start…you need to know exactly what an affirmation is. An affirmation is a phrase that you repeat from memory or read on a regular basis to help rewire your subconscious…it’s “food” for your brain.

I use affirmations in my morning routine in two ways:

  1. During the last 3 minutes of my morning meditation.
  2. As part of my goal sheet (to help me be the person I need to be to reach my goals).

The Science Behind Affirmations

Speaking positive words to yourself is a good idea… but, there’s actually science behind daily affirmations and how they help your mind. Back in the late 80’s, Claude Steele popularized the self-affirmation theory. This theory states that if a person thinks on values that are relevant to them, they feel less defensive when something threatens their self-worth. 

Studies have shown that self-affirmations can decrease stress and improve performance in other areas. And…the study showed that people who repeated affirmations were willing to improve in other areas of their life. 

How Affirmations Make You Less Defensive and Help You Reach Your Goals

The self-affirmation theory states that instead of a person having one self-concept (like I’m a good boss), the person develops a flexible sense of who they are. Meaning…if they’re confronted with something at work that “attacks” their abilities as a boss…they are less defensive because they can focus on other areas where they are strong. 

Being defensive is the least effective way of solving problems….which is why self-affirmations help you achieve your goals. You’re not going to be strong in every area of your life at all times…so when something is threatened, you can react the right way and move on. This keeps you from being as prone to self-sabotage and self-limiting beliefs.

How I Choose My Affirmations 

I have one particular affirmation that I repeat during my morning meditation. I got it from The Big Leap, which is a book I recommend. 

“I expand in abundance, success and love every day as I inspire those around me to do the same.”

I chose this one, because I think it is in line with my overall personal goals and who I want to become. I use it to help get over any upper limiting beliefs and increase my ceiling (the invisible barrier that keeps me from reaching my goals). An upper limiting belief is basically when you let your ego knock you back down to your comfort zone through negative thoughts…causing you to wreck what you’ve created. 

So…that’s just one of the affirmations I repeat each day. I actually read 15 others with my goals to help rewire my brain and subconsciousness to what’s important to me. 

Here are the basics of how I choose my daily affirmations:

1. What’s Important to Me

2. How I Want to Show up in the World

3. It Ties Back to My Goals

It’s no more difficult than that to pick affirmations for your morning routine. If you’re looking for a list, check out this list of 50 that SHIHORI published on her blog. 

When to Repeat Your Affirmations

Well…obviously for me, I do this as part of my morning routine. But…you can do this at any point in the day. You can do this when you are experiencing a stressful time or need encouragement during a difficult day. Neil over at Your Successful and Happy Life talks about 4 ways to implement your affirmations for best results. 

I hope that this article inspires you to add daily affirmations in as part of your morning routine. If you want to see my full morning routine, sign-up here and I’ll send it to you with a worksheet so you can create your own. 

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