Abundance affirmations may sound a bit new-agey, but there's something to be said about the power of words, especially when it comes to achieving your goals.
We all know that goals and action plans make a goal more likely to succeed. But an often overlooked part of the goal setting process is the role that self-talk plays in our success. All the action plans and strategies may not add up to much if we don’t truly believe in ourselves. In order to ensure success in our goals, we need to actively shift our mindset and change the way we talk to ourselves.
Abundance affirmations and limiting beliefs
Another big reason to introduce abundance affirmations into our everyday routine is that they can help us combat limiting beliefs.
Limiting beliefs are false narratives or invisible scripts we tell ourselves about money, career, love, and more. Things like “I’ve always been bad with money” or “I’m unloveable” or “I don’t have what it takes to be successful” are examples of limiting beliefs.
The scary thing about limiting beliefs is that you’re probably not even aware that you’re subscribing to them. Yet they are subtly being repeated internally and out loud. And these restrictive beliefs can prevent you from taking action or fulfilling your potential. A limiting belief may discourage you from making career moves or putting yourself out there for love and friendship.
So how do limiting beliefs become beliefs in the first place? They're often instilled in us from a young age, due to the messaging we receive from parents, friends, television, and society. When we constantly hear phrases like “starving artist” or “money doesn’t grow on trees” we’re bound to form restrictive beliefs around money.
Thankfully, these limiting beliefs aren’t permanent. They are malleable. And an effective tool to combat these beliefs is abundance affirmations.
Think of abundance affirmations as a way to retrain the way we talk to ourselves. It’s a way for us to round out the negative self-talk and replace it with expansive beliefs that remind us of our potential.
Abundance affirmations aren’t just for attracting money. You can also use abundance affirmations to reset your beliefs around different areas of your life, including:
- Health and Wellbeing
Examples of abundance affirmations
When it comes to picking an abundance affirmation, you can choose an existing affirmation that resonates with you or you can even create your own.
Here are some examples of abundance affirmations:
- There is more than enough success to go around.
- I am capable of making money
- I have a rich network of friends
- I am grateful for all the wonderful people I have in my life
How to effectively use abundance affirmations
It might feel awkward using affirmations at first, especially if you’re new to them, but try not to judge yourself or the process. After all, you’re retraining your mind how to think and talk about long-held beliefs–it’s going to take time.
To make the abundance affirmations really stick, it’s important to incorporate them into your regular routine. Below are different ways that you can use abundance affirmations in your daily life to make them resonate.
As we mentioned earlier, words have power, and there is probably no greater way to demonstrate the power of words than through the act of writing by hand.
When we write by hand, it’s as if the words on the page are being connected to our mind, body, and soul. That’s why we always feel so much better after we write things down. And even science says that handwriting can help with everything from achieving goals, learning new concepts, and tackling to-do lists.
So in order for abundance affirmations to click, it makes sense to write them down by hand.
You can write down the words on a page repeatedly and mindfully, as if you were reciting a mantra.
Or you can also use an abundance affirmation as a journaling prompt. Write down your abundance affirmation and then spend 10-15 minutes free-writing about it.
For example, if your affirmation is: “I have a strong support network” then maybe you can use that to write down examples of all the times in your life in which your friends, coworkers, and loved ones have been there for you. By combining real examples with your affirmation, you are providing evidence to yourself and your mind that this affirmation is true and relevant—and it will become much more magnetic for you.
Personalize your abundance affirmation
If an abundance affirmation sounds silly or cliched to you, then chances are that it won’t do much to shift your thinking. So instead of sticking with an affirmation that rings false, try personalizing the affirmation to make it work for you and your needs.
For instance, if you just started your job search and you’re feeling worried about your lack of experience, then you’ll probably want an affirmation that gives you a boost of confidence. An affirmation like “I will find a job that values my experience” will probably resonate more than something like “I attract money into my life.”
Take relevant action
In order for abundance affirmations to work, you need to combine them with relevant action steps.
Words are powerful. They can help us shift our mindset and view ourselves, and our circumstances in a new way. But to see real change in our lives, we need to combine abundance affirmations with relevant action steps.
It’s similar to goal setting strategy. A goal without an action plan is just a wish. You have to take small steps toward your goal in order to achieve it. The same goes for affirmations. If we want to see changes in our lives, we need to take action steps to help us realize our affirmations.
So if your abundance affirmation is “I have lots of opportunities to make money” then make a list of all the different ways that you can generate income. Maybe it’s tutoring, freelancing, dog walking, etc. Then, set a monthly goal to tackle 1-2 of those ideas.
When you pair abundance affirmations with a specific action plan, you will make real progress in creating the life you want.
Written by JiJi Lee.