Affirmations are among the most powerful tools for reprogramming your subconscious mind and creating the reality of your dreams. They are like seeds you plant into your mind that eventually become your new beliefs.
Your beliefs shape how you experience reality. Therefore this is the most powerful way to attract the reality you desire.
Bruce Lee has said: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” When you work with affirmations, keep this principle in mind.
Less is often more when it comes to affirmations you use. Ideally, you can start with up to three affirmations and say them throughout the day. Using too many affirmations or focusing on many areas at once might feel overwhelming or like a chore.
Even if you use only a few affirmations but already feel overwhelmed, cutting back on the number you use each day might be beneficial. There is no such thing as too few affirmations.
Let’s look at what determines how many affirmations you should use per day and how to use them most efficiently.
9 Tips on How To Use Affirmations
Remember that we have a limited amount of mental energy we can use for manifesting. Whatever you focus on – expands.
If you split your energy among too many different intentions, it can become draining and confusing for your subconscious mind, and as a result, your efforts will go to waste.
The best idea is to pick up two to three areas you want to focus on over the next two or three months. More than that will be overwhelming.
Write a few affirmations related to these specific areas and repeat them daily. You can make it a ritual to focus on the same affirmation at the same time of the day.
For example, if you are focused on bringing abundance and health into your life, you can use health affirmations in the morning as soon as you wake up to set the tone for the day and abundance affirmations before you drift to sleep.
Ideally, you should sprinkle the use of affirmations throughout your day.
If you’re new to using affirmations, one or two affirmations daily is an excellent place to start.
If you find that you have more time or are working on a specific goal, you can increase the number of affirmations you use.
Ultimately, the best way to determine how many affirmations per day you should use is to experiment and see what works best for you.
1. Define Life Areas You Want To Work With
To get the best out of your affirmations, you should first take some time for self-reflection and decide what you want above all else.
To be able to prioritize, think about which areas of your life are your primary focus, what you think about most often, and what you feel is preventing you from living your best life.
It is normal if you want to improve all aspects and areas of your life immediately, but if you stick to two or three areas, you will see the results most rapidly.
You can look at the wheel of life for inspiration and contemplate which areas will benefit from your immediate attention the most.
Most commonly, the life categories are defined as
- Romantic relationships,
- Self-expression, creativity,
- Fun and recreational activities,
Alternatively, you can look at the chakra system and consider which chakra at the moment needs the most of your support and attention.
This will help you discover your priorities and help you write the most effective affirmations.
2. Recognize Your Limiting Beliefs
Journal daily to recognize how you view yourself and your place in the world.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is preventing me from living the life of my dreams?
- What would I do if I had unlimited resources?
- What is preventing me from doing it now?
- What am I gaining by not going for what I want? Is it a sense of safety or protection from potential failure or rejection?
When you think about these questions, you might discover that you have many limiting beliefs that don’t directly reflect the truth but your idea of your circumstances and limitations.
Our beliefs are not reflections of objective reality but our past experiences and perceived limitations.
When you change your beliefs, how you interact with the world and what you can accomplish also changes.
You might recognize that you have many limiting beliefs surrounding abundance, such as the fear of being not talented or smart enough to live an abundant life.
Maybe you have desired a relationship, but you will discover that some parts of your subconscious mind are afraid of betrayal, therefore, prefer staying single.
The more honest you are, the more you will learn about yourself and be able to use affirmations compellingly.
3. Keep It Simple
Depending on what you have discovered, you most likely have a clear idea of which areas of your life need improvement and which limiting beliefs you would like to reprogram.
When it comes to affirmations, less is more.
Trying to cram too much into one affirmation can have the opposite effect of what you’re going for. Keep your affirmations short, sweet, and to the point for the best results.
4. Make It Personal
Your affirmation should be something that resonates with you personally.
In other words, don’t just choose an affirmation because you think it sounds good – make sure it is something that resonates with you.
You can write affirmations yourself or find many affirmation inspirations online or in books. An excellent resource is Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life.
5. Use Positive Language
It is essential to use affirmative statements when crafting your affirmations.
For example, rather than saying, “I will no longer be overweight,” try to say: “I am comfortable and confident in my own skin“.
State affirmations in the present moment and declare what you desire to be your experience already.
6. Be Honest
Make sure the affirmations you use don’t bulldoze how you feel.
For example, if you are struggling to pay your bills but say to yourself, “I am a billionaire“, your subconscious mind will reject your statement because you might not be ready to believe it.
Instead, you can try saying: “My bank account balance is growing and expanding“, or “The abundance of the universe is unlimited“.
This will help you tap into the feeling of abundance and gradually enter a reality where you can make even bolder statements.
7. Write It Down
Writing down your affirmation is a great way to solidify it in your mind.
You can even take things one step further by creating a vision board or keeping a journal where you track your progress.
You can write down and keep your affirmations in your wallet or as a screensaver on your computer.
Be mindful that not everyone might be open to your way of thinking, and hearing the negative opinions of others might make you also doubt yourself, which is not beneficial when learning to reprogram your mind.
If you are surrounded by people who don’t believe in the power of affirmations and are not open to your thinking, you shouldn’t put them in places where others might see them.
8. Repetition Is King
Repeat affirmations as often as possible in your mind, and you can even say them out loud when you are by yourself.
You can whisper them while you go for walks or in the evening before you drift asleep.
The more often you repeat them, the more deeply they will be absorbed by your subconscious mind as your new truths.
9. Trust Yourself
Keep in mind that working with affirmations is similar to a marathon, not a race. It takes persistence, openness, trust, and time.
Affirmations are effective because they re-wire your previous beliefs, which you have accumulated throughout your life. Give yourself time, and don’t expect to see results overnight.
Don’t start beating yourself up when you fall off the track, start doubting your manifesting abilities, fall back into old ways of thinking, or wonder if affirmations will ever work.
It is natural that progress is not always linear and that sometimes we fall off track.
When this happens, re-center yourself, read through your journal to remind yourself why you started, and return to repeating affirmations.
The best way to use affirmations ultimately comes down to what works for you. Experiment with these tips and see what feels right for you.
After a bit of practice, you will feel what makes the difference. Implement the practices that intuitively resonate with you the most and skip the ones you feel are not impacting your mindset and well-being.
Always follow your inner guidance, especially when it comes to something you need to be energetically attuned to, such as affirmations. Only you can know what feels right for you and therefore works best.
The number of affirmations you use each day will depend on what you try to achieve and how much time and energy you have.
You can start with as little as one affirmation, and as you become more comfortable with the process, you can increase the number of affirmations you use.
Eventually, as you become more familiar with the manifestation process, the sky is the limit, and you can use as many affirmations as you feel are working for you!