Our brain processes approximately 70,000 thoughts per day, and while it might seem automatic, we have the choice to decide how we perceive these ideas.
It’s no secret that our thoughts significantly impact our emotional well-being. But did you know they also affect our physical health?
An optimistic frame of mind can be linked to an 11% to 15% increase in lifespan.
Yup, you read that right. Positive thinking can literally extend your life.
Are you starting to feel like you need a personal cheerleader to motivate you through your day?
Well, lucky for you, daily affirmations can serve as that personal pep talk!
By creating affirmations based on your identity and values, you can program your subconscious mind with positive messages that will help keep you on track to reach your goals and live a fulfilling life.
This has been a HUGE gamechanger for me in my own life (and a secret to my rapid success).
Ready to create your own?
Before we start, download my free template that guides you through developing powerful affirmations unique to you. Download your motivational compass here.
Create Your Own Powerful Daily Affirmations: Table of Contents
- Imagine Yourself Ten Years from Now
- Create Your Life Synopsis
- Get Clear on Strategic Activities
- Create Affirmations Built from Your Values
- Happiness and Self-Acceptance
- Motivation and Inspiration
- Family and Relationships
- Growth and Success
Why Building Your Own Personal Daily Affirmations Is Important
By taking the time each day to state positive affirmations, you’re training your mind to focus on the good.
This doesn’t mean you’ll avoid obstacles altogether, but it does mean you’ll be better equipped to handle challenges when they arise.
A 2022 study conducted by psychologist Barbara Fredrickson found that people with a positive attitude are deemed more resilient and able to overcome difficulties faster than those with a negative attitude.
She also discovered a direct link between positive team conversations in the workplace and their performance.
Simply put, the way you think and process challenges is directly linked to your personal well-being and professional success.
How to Create Powerful Daily Affirmations
In my ten-year journey as an entrepreneur, a client once called me up and asked if I could teach their office what I knew about content. That launched a journey into teaching, books, consulting — and eventually, the launch of Content Hacker.
Building my own daily affirmations was a huge tool that contributed to my achievements along with my many systems, strategies, and skills.
But here’s the thing. Not just any old affirmations will do. No — you need to build and create your own personally powerful daily affirmations. That’s what we’re going to talk about.
(In fact, I created a whole section on mindset mastery in my Content Transformation System because that’s how critical our thoughts are in creating success in our business.)
With the step-by-step affirmation template that I personally developed, I was able to design a belief system that helped me take quantum leaps from working 90-hour weeks, to working 30-minute days! I’m not kidding you (I had a newborn, so I’ve had to have a sustainable business and truly walk my talk. More on this in my podcast episode, E17, How I’m Juggling Life with a Newborn.)
Along with working less, I am also shortcutting my next journey to earning $1 million (the first journey took me seven years), and my personal affirmations are a considerable contributor to this success.
Again, these aren’t just any affirmations. They are specific to me, my journey and what I believe in. Sure, saying something positive for the sake of it might make you feel better, but reciting statements that are true to you and your path to success is so much more powerful.
That’s why I’m sharing my step-by-step template for creating meaningful, personal affirmations that will help you achieve success on your own terms.
How to Build Your Own Personal, Powerful Daily Affirmations: A Step-by-Step Guide
Are you ready? Let’s dive in.
1. Imagine Yourself Ten Years from Now
How often do you sit and think about your future strategically? Do you dream of the possibilities and think of your desires as out of reach, or do you define these as goals you will someday achieve?
Often, we doubt our ability to achieve our dreams or write them off as far-fetched. However, if we take the time to sit and think about our ideal future, we can begin to turn our dreams into an achievable reality.
GO BIG when you’re doing this! There is no room for small beliefs here.
The first step to achieving this reality is defining it.
I want you to imagine we are ten years into the future.
- What year did you travel to?
- What is your life like?
- What is your career like?
Now, with my free template handy, I want you to write out nine to ten bullet points describing your future.
Example of mine:
- June 25, 2032
- I am 41
- Net worth: $100M
- I earn an annual income of $600k
- I have two kids (one boy and one girl)
- I work 10-hour weeks overseeing my team and client results
- I produce books that are loved and voraciously read by hundreds of thousands of people
- I have a client waiting list that spans into the next year
- I spend my surplus resources on my nonprofit and directly help women and children in cults
2. Create Your Life Synopsis
Now that you better understand yourself and what you want to achieve, it’s time to put those bullet points to use and develop your life synopsis.
In short, this is the storyline of your life.
It’s how you show up day in and day out — the reasons behind why you do what you do.
If you’re unsure where to start, ask yourself these questions to fuel inspiration.
- What strategic activities do you LOVE to do?
- Which strategic activities will you focus on?
- How important is family and belonging over just doing?
- What are your daily habits?
- How do you treat others and yourself?
- What does your dream house currently (or future) look like?
Don’t be afraid to get as detailed as possible.
Here is a first-hand look at the synopsis I created for myself:
See the whole example in the full template available here.
3. Get Clear on Strategic Activities
Now that we’ve discovered how you want to live your life, it’s time to see if you’re taking the right actions to get there. Sometimes we become so used to our routines that we lose sight of our constant efforts to achieve success.
Write down three to five activities you want to complete on a regular basis that will create impact and income in your life.
Example: Speaking and writing are some of mine. See all in our free template.
Take a close look at your current activities and ask yourself if they are helping or hindering your efforts to achieve success. By making minor tweaks to your schedule, you can make sure you’re making the necessary effort to reach your goals.
4. Create Affirmations Built from Your Values
You’ve set the intention; now it’s time for the magic to happen. Create your own affirmations that align with your values, how you want to react to situations, and the goals you will achieve.
With a little bit of creativity, your self-reflection and these five tips, you’ll be on your way to building a bright and prosperous future.
1. Keep It Positive
Negativity breeds negative results. When creating your affirmations, be sure to frame them in a positive light. For example, rather than affirming “I will not fail,” say “I will succeed.”
2. Be Specific
Vague affirmations are ineffective because they lack the power of specificity. The more specific you can be about what you want to achieve, the better. For example, rather than affirming “I will be wealthy,” say “I will make $1M in 2032.”
3. Use Present Tense
When you use present tense affirmations, you trick your mind into believing that what you’re affirming is already true. This creates powerful confidence and certainty that will help you attract what you desire. For example, rather than saying, “I want to manage money well,” say, “I manage money well.”
4. Make It Personal
Personalize your affirmations by using first-person pronouns such as “I,” “me,” and “my.” This helps to make the affirmation feel more natural and believable to you. For example, rather than saying, “People will like me more when I’m happy,” say, “I like myself more when I’m happy.”
5. Keep It Short
Long affirmations are difficult to remember and can be overwhelming to keep straight in your mind. It’s best to keep them short, sweet, and simple. For example, rather than affirming “I am worthy of love and respect no matter the amount of money I make,” say “I am worthy of love and respect.”
Once you have developed these affirmations, write them down in my motivational compass template. You are 42% more likely to achieve something if you write it down, so make sure you don’t skip this step.
30 Affirmations for Inspiration
While I can’t stress enough how important it is for your affirmations to be unique to you, I understand that it may be challenging to string these together if you’re unsure where to start.
Below you will find 30 affirmations I developed and regularly recite to myself.
Happiness and Self-Acceptance:
- I do not seek approval from man; I seek to live by a higher purpose, to live worthy and close to God
- I surround myself with positivity and lifters, not negativity and drainers; I remove drags when I see them
- People’s opinions of me do not matter
- I am confident in my ability to make progress
- I take pride in what I do (I don’t “have to,” I “get to”)
- I evolve into the best version of myself every single day
- I conform situations and people to my standards and refuse to be brought low for theirs
- I am proud of my resilience and strength to overcome obstacles, that lead me to where I am today
Motivation and Inspiration:
- God is in control; nothing takes him by surprise, so I will have faith in the process
- I motivate people to act and create big wins
- I communicate to my team and my clients to motivate and encourage them
- I help entrepreneurs transform their lives and businesses
- I create content that encourages and educates on a grand scale
- My work has true meaning, and I change lives every day
Family and Relationships:
- My family and children come first, and always get my best
- I feel blessed to have the encouragement and support from my loved ones
- I communicate openly and effectively to maintain healthy relationships
- I have a positive and inspiring impact on the people in my life
Growth and Success:
- I focus on what I can control and ignore the things I can’t
- Consistency and an end goal met over a length of the time beats fast money won over a short time
- I take setbacks well and am quick to bounce back
- I can learn and gain new skills in any area, at any time
- Failure will pass and is simply a learning lesson to take & grow from
- Accurate thinking is at the forefront of my decisions (what’s real is real, what’s not is not)
- I CAN and do say NO consistently to distractions (shiny objects, new opportunities)
- I have a genuine interest in the success of my clients
- I can manage money well
- Challenges make me stronger and wiser – I welcome them
- I am happy to take the sure, consistent path, not the fastest path; shortcuts lead to shortcomings
- Money flows naturally to me; I don’t serve or need it; there’s more of it than I need or could ever spend
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Put Your Affirmations to Work
After reading this step-by-step guide and downloading my motivational compass, I am confident you, too, will develop life-changing affirmations.
While it is a great stepping stone and a proven method to success, the work doesn’t end here.
Along with your affirmations, you need clear systems, skills, and strategies to take your business to the next level, and that’s precisely what I teach and help with.
Are you ready to further the growth of your mindset and build the digital empire you’ve been dreaming of?