First rule to remember is that affirmations should always be positive, present-tense statements that help you change negative patterns of thought, emotions and behaviour. If you don’t want affirmation backfire and make you feel worse than before, you should keep them credible and based on an honest assessment of your current reality.
Change involves learning new behaviours and skills, and all learning alter the brain chemistry. Research in this area indicates that the use of positive affirmations can successfully treat people with low self-worth, anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions. In this regard, affirmations can become a direct means of communication with the subconscious mind, which is where transformation begins.
Just engaging in positive affirmations, you can improve many aspects of your life considering that affirmations are a part of a engaging program of self-development.
Create a list of negative beliefs about yourself and the world and decide which ones no longer work for you. Next step is to write out the new affirmations that would enable you to overcome the negative patterns of thought and behaviours stated in the first place.
Read the affirmations out loud as frequent as possible and try to make them an integral part of your everyday life. For example, repeat them in the mirror while brushing your teeth, or in the car when driving for work or in any other moment that suits you.
Another option that helps to reinforce the new belief and would be easy to do pretty much in every circumstance, including at work. While writing the same affirmation over and over again, you will probably notice some kind of inner resistance occurring, just thankfully acknowledge the resistances, without trying to eliminate them.
Every thought you might have, either positive or negative, is an affirmation, and is creating the reality of whatever you are stating. The simplest way to do positive affirmations consciously is just to say them to yourself, either out loud or silently, whenever you feel like it. Say them especially to counteract any negative thoughts or words you find yourself thinking or saying.
But make no mistake, positive affirmations are not an instrument for repression, allow your thoughts and feelings manifest as such, be accepting of them. Give yourself time to come up with more positive statements that affirm a more desirable reality. The more energy you invest into your positive affirmations, the sooner you will experience results.
Keep doing the affirmations on a daily basis and when you are satisfied with the results manifesting in your world, just lay an anchor to help your mind and body respond and reinforce the sense of achievement.