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Journaling Exercise My Positive AffirmationsMY POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

(“What would I like to believe”)

An affirmation is a positive statement that reverses a negative belief. If you are responsible for your beliefs, and if your beliefs truly determine how you feel, then you must have the ability to create beliefs that alter how you feel. To be responsible for your beliefs means that you are the ruler of your mind.

Below is a sample of positive affirmations that can be applied to any situation where you are not fully at peace. You are already very adept at affirming certain negative and limiting beliefs; so can you become adept at affirming certain positive beliefs. Practicing affirmations make them real in your life and reverses a negative inner state. In truth you can make up any affirmation that you choose that leads to pain and misery or to peace of mind.

To create an affirmation, always make up sentences that are here and now statements. Good affirmations are really “I am” statements that connect into your core existence. Good affirmations are not “pretenses” or Pollyannaish in nature. They are not pie in the sky fantasies. Good affirmations express reality and lead to peace of mind.

Take one or two of the affirmations below that seem to fit for you or for your situation. For the next few days, consciously practice them by silently telling yourself these words for about a minute 3 times a day, preferably in the morning, during the middle of the day and in the evening. Make it a kind of meditation by repeating the words slowly and thoughtfully. Try to remember to tell yourself these words as often as you can throughout the day in any situation where you find yourself without being compulsive about it. As you practice these affirmations they will recede into the background of your existence and become more and more and expression of “who you are”.

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*Journaling exercises written by Cort Curtis, Ph.D, used with permission.