Let me start by saying that everything you say is some kind of affirmation – either positive or negative. When you complain to your friends, "nothing ever goes right for me," you are affirming to the world and the universe that nothing should go right in your life.
It's true, you know. You are where you are today because of your beliefs, attitudes and words. What you say today becomes your reality tomorrow. What you believe about yourself and your situation creates and maintains your world.
You may not like where you are right now. You may not think you deserve all the hassles, stress and problems. And you are right. But you are the only one who can change your life ... by changing your words!
It was a revelation to me that my lack of money, bad attitude and poor relationships were my own fault! It was life-changing to learn that I could change my circumstances by changing my words.
Over the years, I have learned to say certain things – affirmations – to cancel negatives and attract positive results. Here are six affirmations that changed my life. Use them to change yours.
- "I will not be defeated and I will not quit." It is so easy to throw up your hands and say, "I tried." But ‘try' is never enough. To win in any situation, you have to be prepared to stay with it until you do win! It's a philosophy that applies to everything. Michael Jordan is perhaps the greatest basketball player ever. But he freely admits that he has lost more than 300 games, missed over 9,000 shots. But he never quit. Whatever you want, whatever you need to accomplish – don't let your circumstances win. Don't quit.
- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Yes, it's a Bible verse. But I use it all the time – when I'm tired and just want to give up (see #1!), when I'm faced with a problem that I don't know how to solve, when I need physical strength to just get through the day. Sometimes I partner it with "I rest in God's energy," drawing
strength and resolve from the Eternal source of all energy and ability.
- "I have the mind of Christ." The power here taps into Divine wisdom to solve seemingly unsolvable problems. God has answers to every situation. Affirming that connects your spirit with His wisdom. Patience allows Spirit to work on your behalf to bring the answers or change the circumstances to bring the solution you seek.
- "I am rooted and grounded in Love." This one is particularly effective when I'm NOT feeling very loving. When someone interrupts ‘my' routine, wants something from me that I don't really want to do, or when I'm feeling selfish, I remind myself of my higher calling. I am rooted and grounded in love. I can set aside my wants and focus on the other person. God will take care of me. Use that as an affirmation, coupled with appropriate action to line yourself up for greater blessing.
- "There is nothing lost in God's world." Use this one where you are looking for lost
keys, glasses or any misplaced item. It may take some time, but if you will let this work, a thought will pop into your mind to look … somewhere. And you will usually find exactly what you are looking for.
- "God loves me and has a good plan for my life." Say this all the time, especially when circumstances seem aligned against you. This affirmation helps to line up your thinking with the divine plan of blessing and abundance. It helps defeat stress by acknowledging the power of Divine assistance and direction.
Remember, you must stay consistent with your affirmations. Think of your words like a bucket of paint. If you are filling the bucket with negative (black) words, complaints and mumblings throughout your day, how many white (positive) words will you have to speak to change the color? What matters most to you - grumbling and self-pity or learning to use the power of positive words to overcome the challenges you face?
Words have power. They have the power to change your mindset. By changing your mind - your beliefs - you change your attitude. That leads to a change in your actions. Use the "A-team" – Affirmation, Attitude and Action – to change your life.
Don't just think of affirmations as things you speak sometimes. Watch your everyday words to make sure you are speaking what you want. God explained it this way: call those things that be not as though they were (Rom. 4:17). By following His method of creation, you can re-create your own world with your words.