Positive Affirmations For Women & Men - Louise Hay Positive Daily Affirmations
How do you feel right now? Do you feel good? Do you feel bad? What are your current emotions? What is your gut feeling? Would you like to feel better? Then reach for a better feeling or thought, in other words, reach for a positive affirmation.
If you feel bad in any way—sad, grumpy, bitter, resentful, angry, fearful, guilty, depressed, jealous, critical, and so on—then you’ve temporarily lost your connection to the flow of good experiences that the Universe has waiting for you. Don’t waste your thoughts on blame. No person, place, or thing has any control over your feelings because they don’t think in your mind.
This is why you really have no control over others—you see, you can’t control their thoughts. No one can control another unless that person gives permission. So you want to be aware of this powerful mind you have. You can take total control over your own thinking. It’s the only thing you’ll ever have total control of. What you choose to think is what you’ll get in life. I’ve chosen to think positive thoughts of joy and appreciation, and you can, too.
The Power Of Positive Affirmations
What kinds of thoughts make you feel good? Thoughts of love, appreciation, gratitude, joyful childhood experiences? Thoughts in which you rejoice that you’re alive and bless your body with love? Do you truly enjoy this present moment and get excited about tomorrow? Thinking these kinds of thoughts is an act of loving yourself, and loving yourself creates miracles in your life. Now let’s get to the affirmations. Doing affirmations is consciously choosing to think certain thoughts that will create positive results in the future. They create a focal point that will allow you to begin changing your thinking.
Affirmative statements are going beyond the reality of the present into the creation of the future through the words you use in the now.
When you choose to say “I am very prosperous,” you may actually have very little money in the bank at the moment, but what you’re doing is planting seeds for future prosperity. Each time you repeat this statement, you’re reaffirming the seeds you’ve planted in the atmosphere of your mind. That’s why you want it to be a happy atmosphere. Things grow more quickly in fertile, rich soil.
Using Positive Affirmations In The Present Tense
It’s important for you to always say your affirmations in the present tense, and without contractions. (Although I use contractions throughout the running text of my books, I never use them in affirmations, since I don’t want to diminish their power). For example, typical affirmations would start: “I have . . .” or “I am . . .” If you say, “I am going to . . .” or “I will have . . . ,” then your thought stays out there in the future. The Universe takes your thoughts and words very literally and gives you what you say you want. Always. This is another reason to maintain a happy mental atmosphere. It’s easier to think in positive affirmations when you feel good.
Think of it this way: Every thought you think counts, so don’t waste your precious thoughts. Every positive thought brings good into your life. Every negative thought pushes good away; it keeps it just out of your reach. How many times in your life have you almost gotten something good and it seemed to be snatched away at the last moment? If you could remember what your mental atmosphere was like at those times, you’d have the answer. Too many negative thoughts create a barrier against positive affirmations.
If you say, “I don’t want to be sick anymore,” this is not an affirmation for good health. You have to state clearly what you do want. “I accept perfect health now.”
“I hate this car” does not bring you a wonderful new car because you’re not being clear. Even if you do get a new car, in a short time you’ll probably hate it, because that’s what you’ve been affirming. If you want a new car, then say some- thing like this: “I have a beautiful new car that suits all of my needs.”
You’ll hear some people saying, “Life sucks!” (which is a terrible affirmation).
Can you imagine what experiences that statement will attract to you? Of course, it isn’t Life that sucks, it’s your thinking that sucks. That thought will help you feel terrible.
And when you feel terrible, no good can come into your life. Don’t waste time arguing for your limitations: poor relationships, problems, illnesses, poverty, and so on. The more you talk about the problem, the more you anchor it in place. Don’t blame others for what’s seemingly wrong in your life—that’s just another waste of time. Remember, you’re under the laws of your own consciousness, your own thoughts, and you attract specific experiences to you as a result of the way you think.
How to Practice Positive Affirmations Daily
When you change your thinking process, then everything in your life will also change. You’ll be amazed and delighted to see how people, places, things, and circumstances can change. Blame is just another negative affirmation, and you don’t want to waste your precious thoughts on it. Instead, learn to turn your negative affirmations into positive ones.
• “I hate my body” becomes I love and appreciate my body.
• “I never have enough money” becomes Money flows into my life in an abundant way.
• “I’m tired of being sick” becomes I allow my body to return to its natural, vibrant health.
• “I’m too fat” becomes I honor my body and take good care of it.
• “Nobody loves me” becomes I radiate love, and love fills my life.
• “I’m not creative” becomes I am discovering talents I did not know I had.
• “I’m stuck in a lousy job” becomes Wonderful new doors are opening for me all the time.
• “I’m not good enough” becomes I am in the process of positive change, and I deserve the best.
This doesn’t mean that you have to be worried about every thought you think. When you first begin to make the changeover and really pay attention to your thoughts, you’ll be horrified to realize how negative much of your thinking has been. So when you catch a negative thought, just think to yourself, That is an old thought; I no longer choose to think that way. Then find a positive thought to replace it as quickly as you can. Remember, you want to feel good as much as possible.
Thoughts of bitterness, resentment, blame, and guilt make you feel miserable. And that’s a habit you really want to release.
Another barrier to allowing positive affirmations to work is feeling “not good enough”—that is, you feel that you don’t deserve to have good in your life. If that’s your issue, see how many self-esteem affirmations you can memorize, and then repeat them often. Doing so will help change that “worthless” feeling you might be carrying around, to one of self-worth. Then watch your positive affirmations materialize. Affirmations are solutions that will replace whatever problem you might have. Whenever you have a problem, repeat over and over:
“All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good.
Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe.”
This simple affirmation will work miracles in your life. I would also suggest that you avoid sharing your affirmations with others who may pooh-pooh these ideas. When you’re just getting started, it’s best to keep your thinking to yourself until you’ve achieved your desired results. Then your friends will say, “Your life is changing so much. You’re so different. What have you been doing?”
Remember, you can also make up positive affirmations of your own. Some positive affirmations for women, men, and children that everyone can use right now are:
• “I can feel good about myself!”
• “I can make positive changes in my life!”
• “I can do it!”
Excerpted from I Can Do It: How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life by Louise L. Hay. Copyright © 2004 (Hay House).
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