Sunday, April 1, 2012

A is for Affirmation!

Thanks to my recent need to "un-slump" myself, I have been reminded about the importance of positive affirmations!

An Affirmation is: a technique used to program the subconscious mind to effect change by repeating (or meditating) on a key phrase to bring about that desired outcome.

Basically, what we think.... creates our reality.
I honestly used to laugh at people who talked about this stuff. Yes! I laughed. What a bunch of goofs!

Not anymore. This stuff really works if you will do it. Make some positive affirmation cards to align with a goal or goals of yours. Read them day and night. Put them everywhere. Anywhere. Keep them there and make an effort to read them as much as possible each day.

Here are a few tips for making your cards...
  • Write them in first person
  • Present tense
  • Hang them where you'll see them often.
  • Or write them on a paper and read them in the morning and at night.
  • Be specific
 Okay .... now that you all think I'm crazy - give it a try. OR... if you've actually tried this tactic before, let me know how it went. 

46 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

I love this post!! I know this technique works, but I get annoyed when it takes too long, and usually give up. That's probably why I never get anywhere lol! Now you've brought it up, I am going to try again!

Clare said...

Great technique Leigh. I've never (consciously) tried it, with notes etc.

But, I'm sure it works. It's very similar to the technique of challenging negative thoughts.

Thanks for sharing.

S.P. Bowers said...

I've never tried it but good to know it works.

Jack said...

Beautiful. I agree. Affirmations are the best form of positive reinforcement. Here is the one I say to myself every day. "I am a writer. I will succeed today." Not a day goes by without my saying that to myself. It really does work!!!

Hope Roberson said...

I think you're crazy :) But I'm ready to join ya! "My story is good. My writing is good." is now taped to my computer :)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

You are not crazy! Cognitive Behavioral therapy is all about what we think impacts what we feel and thereby what we do. Speak positively, you feel better and will have better success! Keep up the affirming!

Suzi said...

I've never seen the suggestion to write it down like this. But I suppose it has more impact than just saying it aloud. Might be something worth trying.

i'm erin. said...

I firmly believe in the power of positive affirmations! I think your brilliant. Great idea.

Sarah Pearson said...

I think I should try this. It's hard to say nice things about myself, and it shouldn't be.

Cristina said...

oh I should try this. "My writing doesn't suck that bad."

Nicole said...

What a wonderful concept to kick off the challenge! Thanks Leigh!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Oh! Oh! I've done that before. Especially when I really need the reminders!

Kelley said...

This is a great idea Leigh!

"I am a good writer. As long as I never give up, I will achieve my goals."

inluvwithwords said...

I know what you mean, I used to think this kind of thing was looney, but now I'm a believer too! (Maybe that makes me looney.)

Patricia T. said...

I found myself laughing at your words -- what a bunch of goofs! Is amazing what age and wisdom does for one. "We are our thoughts and beliefs," was something I embraced 25 years ago. A practice that one never stops working on. Good for you. Loved your post!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I have heard that another good affirmation is a get together with fellow writers who support you at a Salt Lake City restaurant of choice :)))

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

I Approve of your Accent on Affirmation. Every writer needs it, at least once in a while.

Nice post and great way to kick off the month-long process.

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Jennifer Lee Young said...

What a great idea Leigh. I might have to try this out. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Great advice. I have a card hanging at eye level above my writing desk.

J.L. Campbell said...

I suppose that 'cause the cards are visual they are more effective. Somehow remembering to tell myself positive things each each is challenging.

Tracy Bermeo said...

Great A post. I haven't tried this, but I think we could all use a little positive affirmation, yes? See.... being positive.
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Peggy Eddleman said...

A is for Awesome post!

Okay, here goes:

I CAN get through revisions. I CAN get through revisions. I CAN get through revisions. I CAN get through revisions. I CAN get through revisions. I CAN get through revisions.

Wait... How many times do I need to say it to believe it? Maybe I should get some butcher paper and a big paintbrush and cover my entire walls.

Fairview said...

great post! Will try it as I am in a bit of a slump.

L.G.Smith said...

I believe in the power of positive thought. :)

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Hi Leigh, your fellow AtoZ buddy here. Im going to have to get in the know with all the writing jargon now. I mean taking photos is easy compared to what you do.
Shaun
Valleys ShutterBug

Morgan said...

Laughing at Michael's comment! LOL.

I know what you mean about used to laughing at things like this... I still do *sometimes* ... I think it's how it's approached. If its real, and filled with real emotional intent, then I'm all for it--and I totally believe this works. Negative thoughts go a long way and if we can stop them and fill the space with good, then the fruits will show ;)

You rock, Leibby!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I love this. I needed this. I will do this.

Also, have you ever considered a full column of eye candy? Just a thought...

Nicki Elson said...

Hmm, this is really good timing for me to read this post. Just when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and discouraged...I find hope in positive thinking. :) Thanks.

Beth Stilborn said...

Affirmation -- what a great way to start the challenge! Thank you!

Beth Stilborn
http://www.bethstilborn.com

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I'm gonna have to try this, Leigh, I am. Because just saying it to myself doesn't have the desired affect.

Your blog is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for dropping by mine. Hope you're enjoying A to Z as much as I am!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I'm gonna have to try this, Leigh, I am. Because just saying it to myself doesn't have the desired affect.

Your blog is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for dropping by mine. Hope you're enjoying A to Z as much as I am!

Donna B. McNicol said...

PERFECT!!! I am so going to love following you during A to Z (and after).

Linda Jackson said...

Leigh, I don't write affirmation cards, but I do write quotes and scriptures on index cards and keep them around as visible reminders. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

The A to Z Challenge is leading me to so many interesting places today. It's so nice to connect with old friends and make so many new ones.

I used to use affirmations regularly but have gotten out of the habit. Thanks for the reminder. They really do work.

momto8 said...

absolutely!!!! man becomes what he thinks about.
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
the affirmations work with my kids too!

Melissa Bradley said...

This is definitely something I needed to hear. I have been in a fiction writing slump of epic proportions. I am so happy we connected today. Your post was exactly what I needed. :)

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

I got into affirmations after coming down with post partum depression, and I know they work! Thanks for sharing!

Krista McLaughlin said...

There's one that I have posted on my wall above my computer:

"Every single person around you struggles and maybe by telling them your story, you can change their life."

I think it's encouraging. :)

elizabeth seckman said...

I fear my children will laugh at me. But I will start writing positive messages in my diary. Oh heck, they laugh at me anyway, I'll put one right on the monitor!

Laura Barnes said...

I need to do that more often. Thanks for the inspiration.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Speaking from the slump pile, I think this looks like a great idea! If I can think of something positive to write on the cards, I'll give it a try :)

Angela Cothran said...

I think I'll keep it simple. "Don't give up!"

Cindy Keen Reynders said...

I have done this and it works! Sometimes the going gets tough, and many times the timing works out much differently than I would like. But it's all good!

Justin said...

I think Stuart Smalley said it best, " you're good enough, you're smart enough and dog gawnit people love you"

Cortney Pearson said...

I'm so glad you posted this! I'm a true believer in affirmations, they can really help change your attitude!! Excellent!!

eva fhadilah said...


Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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