How to Write Affirmations That Change Your Life – Day 203 of 365 Days to a Better You

Thought for the Day:

Affirmations without action are just glorified wishful thinking. Affirmations are “mental armor” supporting empowered action, not a substitute for it.

Over the past several years, I’ve written many articles about affirmations -how affirmations work, types of affirmations, ways to use affirmations, etc., etc., etc. Some of those articles are linked to in this article.

However, I’ve never just written an article on how to write an effective affirmation. Today I had a request from a follower on Twitter to provide a “how to” and decided it was a good time to write that article. Let me begin by saying that there are many gurus out there with many ideas on how to correctly write affirmations. There are also some dogmas around the process. I’m not big on dogmas of any kind. So some of this might be unorthodox. Feel free to use what resonates for you.

Before we begin, let me make a few quick points. Affirmations are a tool to reshape and refocus your thoughts. By themselves, they don’t “make” anything happen. However, as you replace negative thoughts with negative vibrations with positive thoughts and positive vibrations, you do begin to attract better things into your life. Affirmations without action are just wishful thinking. The idea is that as you raise the vibration of your thoughts, you become more inspired to take action to manifest those thoughts as reality in the world. See the thought of the day at the top of the article.


I recommend reading my two part series on
Affirmations: Repetition and Belief along with using this list to create your affirmations. Following is  7-step process for creating your own affirmations. This is my way. It has worked for me over the past 20 years. Others might have another way that works for them.

  1. Start with a goal – you must have a goal in mind. The clearer the goal, the better the affirmation and the better chance for success. A cloudy goal leads to an unclear affirmation, and poor results.
  2. Affirm what you can believe – affirmations are not a tool for persuading you to believe something you don’t believe. They are a tool to help you create and multiply thoughts that support the action necessary to achieve the things you believe you can achieve. However, you can use what I call “aspirational affirmations” to help manifest a distant goal. You just need to be able to believe you can achieve that goal one day. (Read more Incremental Affirmations and Unrealistic Affirmations)
  3. Use clear language – the language of your affirmation should be clear and powerful for you. It’s OK to use phrases and terms that are very personal to you as long as the language resonates and feels empowering when you say it. Be as specific as possible.
  4. Present Tense – in most cases, it is more effective to use the present tense when writing, speaking, or listening to affirmations. In other words, state your affirmation as “I am…” rather than “I will..” or “I should”. The lone exception would be those discussed in the Incremental Affirmations article.
  5. First, second, and third person – most affirmation gurus will tell you to always put your affirmations in the first person, such as I am a magnificent dancer, rather than the second person you are a magnificent dancer. I agree that first person is the best if you are only going to choose one. Why stop with first person, though? An affirmation can be very powerful in the second person and using your name. I recommend using all three. I am a great writer. You are a great writer. Ray is a great writer. This holographic language creates a more powerful and holistic affirmation. (Read more Adding the Power of You to Your Affirmations)
  6. Use them, use them, use them – once you have written an empowering affirmation, use it. Like so many other motivational tools, affirmations are created and then cast aside after a day or two. Read them aloud, read them into the mirror, post them places where you can see them throughout your day, record them and listen to them passively (Listening Passively to Affirmations) or actively over and over until they infuse your mind. The goal for an affirmation is to have it replace the negative or disempowering thoughts and become thoroughly embedded in your thought process so that it becomes the automatic response  (How Do You Know Your Affirmations are Working?) to your negative thoughts.
  7. Take action – affirmations without action is just wishful thinking. You must think and then act, if you are to achieve.

Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

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Question: What Does God Look Like?

Today’s Affirmation:

“God’s love flows through my entire being each and every moment all day long.”
(Click the affirmation to add to your mp3 player)

Here’s a question for you. What does God look like?

From a very early age, I had two images of what God looks like in my mind. When I would close my eyes and imagine God I always saw either a dark “angel-shaped” cloud surrounded by incredibly bright light…like the sun shining behind a dark cloud.

The other image, as I would discover much later in life, was an image of the Buddha walking along a path. This was strange because I didn’t even know who the Buddha was when I had this image at three or four years old.

So, I’m curious. Leave your answer as a comment below.

When you close your eyes and imagine God; what does God look like?

Look forward to your interesting answers.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is the author or the ebook The Power to Be You: Game-Changing Posidigms for Daily Life – a book of 416 original empowering quotes, thoughts, and affirmations.

Do you like to listen to affirmations? Audio affirmations infuse your mind with positive thoughts passively or consciously. Choose from 100s at The Affirmation Spot.

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28 Belief Affirmations and Original Quotes

Today’s Thought:

“What belief can achieve is beyond belief.”

~ Ray Davis

Belief is a big word with many possible connotations. There is belief in God or a higher power. There is belief in certain principles. There is belief in yourself.

I have found in my life that no other belief really works for you until you do believe in yourself. No belief system is a substitute for believing in yourself. Every belief system works better for you when you DO believe in yourself.

Neither God nor government nor science nor education can help someone who does not believe in himself. These affirmations and original quotes are written to reinforce your belief in yourself by reminding you that there are mighty forces moving on your behalf. And, to remind you that you have the power, indeed the obligation, to consciously choose your beliefs.

  1. I am ready, willing, and able to take my life to the next level! Today I DO!
  2. The fire ignited by one moment of belief can burn down a forest of doubts.
  3. Today I conceive. Today I believe. Today I achieve.
  4. Every event, every relationship, every circumstance in my life is working for my benefit.
  5. A better me, a better life lies just on the other side of my belief in it.
  6. Every unquestioned, untested belief in your mind is result of someone’s conditioning you. Resolve to think for yourself.
  7. Others can count me out, but my belief is the only thing that counts!
  8. WHATEVER I need ALWAYS comes my way.
  9. I AM capable of great thoughts and great actions that transform my life and make a difference to the world.
  10. It’s not the mountain I conquer, but myself. I’m reaching for the top of the mountain and my day in the Sun is here!
  11. Once we question and confirm our beliefs, they treasures to guide us for a lifetime.
  12. Today my whisper becomes a shout! I CAN! I CAN! AND I AM!
  13. Until we stop and consciously choose our beliefs, we are simply living
    someone else’s version of life.
  14. The force that ignited the Universe and breathed life into it lives within me right now.
  15. The doors that I need to open always open for me. Today is my day!
  16. We are not inadequate by nature. We are inadequate by conditioning. Conditioning can be changed.
  17. Today I am sharing my talents with a world thirsty for what I have to offer.
  18. Good things are happening for me. My life is moving in positive directions.
  19. My success and happiness are belief-driven, not event-driven!
  20. As my trust and belief grow, the miracles multiply in my life!
  21. Until I question my beliefs, they are just someone else’s programming. Today I consciously choose my beliefs.
  22. Whoever is shaping your beliefs, is shaping your destiny.
  23. I shape my beliefs and I shape my destiny!
  24. Conditioning is when you believe because others have said it’s so. Empowerment is when you believe based on your experience.
  25. My experiences drive my beliefs and I consciously choose the beliefs that make sense for me!
  26. There is no dream too big to dream only a mind too doubting to believe. Keep your dreams big and your thinking bigger.
  27. To believe you’ve seen it all before, is to blind yourself to new opportunity.
  28. You can choose to believe or not believe. Either way, you get the life that flows from that decision.
  29. Believe your world is one way and it is. Believe it is another way and it is.

Stay inspired! You are the engine of your dreams!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.

It’s Probably Too Good to Be True!

Today’s Thought:

There are no hidden truths, only closed eyes.”

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s probably too good to be true.” Stop! Let me ask you a question. Do you really believe that? Listen to it again. “It’s probably too good to be true.”

Do you see the problem there? It reinforces the belief that those things in life that are really good, can’t be true. The underlying subtext is, “at least not for me.” Maybe good things happen for that rich guy or that famous singer, but not for me.

There are a plethora of similar popular sayings that float around in our society, and worse, are planted in our minds. Why do people, and perhaps you, believe such things? Well, the evidence is all around us, isn’t it? Most of us are exposed to other people like ourselves who believe such things and are constantly manifesting precisely what they believe. Namely, that good things don’t happen for them.

That’s what the 95% who never make their dreams come true in life and the 5% who do have in common. They both manifest precisely what they believe. That’s what our minds do. That’s why positive thinking and tools like affirmations are so important and why negative thinking should rank right up there with other diseases as a scourge on humanity and to human beings.

Unfortunately, many institutions in our society broadcast those disempowering messages 24/7 and the people around us often just parrot what they hear from those institutions. Small thinking is reinforced by small thinking and is reinforced by the small results it achieves. I like to say that big thinking may not guarantee results, but small thinking always does.

That rich guy and that famous singer have, either consciously or unconsciously, come to understand that reality CAN be good. They have come believe that “It’s so good, it must be true for me.” No one is 100%, but that is what they’re thinking more times than not as they manifest success, happiness, and wealth. It’s simple law of attraction in practice. They are attracting what they believe and you are attracting what you believe.

What about you? Are you going to continue believing that life is something that happens “out there” and “to you” or are you going to accept the fact that life is something that happens “in here” and “by you”? Are you going to see that there is nothing unrealistic about the positive side of life and nothing more realistic about the negative?

The choice is yours. Your success and happiness in life depend upon it. Because we pass our beliefs generationally, your children’s and their children’s success and happiness depend on it too. They depend on you owning the power within you and seeing that your world is always and everywhere filled with possibility and opportunity.

Will you remain in the 95% who think life has victimized them or join the 5% who know that life’s best is right there for them? Get your small thinking out of the way and BIG things will happen for you.

Follow your bliss! Discover your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is author of the ebook The Power to Be You: Game-Changing Posidigms for Daily Life. and the forthcoming The Power to Be You 2.

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The Self-Confidence Manifesto Revisited – The Affirmation Spot for Sunday July 24, 2011

Today’s Thought:

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

This article originally appeared on the TAS Blog in November 2007. I originally wrote much of this in 1990s. It seemed like a good moment to share it again. If you read this to yourself, you can feel your confidence rising and your stress melting away. Why a manifesto? This self-dialogue is full of self-declarations of your readiness to move forward to healing, success, peace, or whatever your immediate goals are.

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Confidence! What is it? How do you get it?

The first key is to realize that you have the courage, the wisdom and the strength within you to make the changes you want to make in your life; to bring about the healing you seek, the happiness you desire, and the abundance you deserve. For, in truth your healing and growth come from within. Others may facilitate or act as mediators, but it is the healer within you that is bringing about the miracle you are receiving right now. Know this deeply and without doubt!

Focus your healing energies on bringing about an end to your suffering. This healing is occurring within you right now. It is not far off in the future. Your healing is a reality right now in this moment. You are experiencing a complete healing. Your mind, body, emotions, and spirit are all benefiting. Joy is increasing and expanding in your life exponentially. Your horizons are growing brighter and brighter. Become the joy!

You are opening your heart and your mind to possibilities you had never before considered. Right now you are accepting that anything and everything is possible for you. You understand that the circumstances in your life are always perfect to create the highest version of yourself and manifest any dream. Your tools, your gifts, and your talents are more than enough to create a life of abundant success and happiness. Feel the joy increasing in your life. Become the joy!

Feel your confidence rising. There is no situation you cannot handle. There are no limits to what you can achieve. Nothing can occur that you can’t learn from and turn to your advantage. As your joy increases and your happiness manifests; there is less room for fear in your life, less room for self-doubt. These aspects of your thinking are vanishing before your eyes. Your confidence is building. Be the confidence!

In fact, you are, as I speak, releasing your fears, releasing your self-doubt. They serve no purpose in your life. So you are releasing them and letting them go. You are successful. You think like a success, you talk like a success, you act like a success. You are a success! Your success is complete; encompassing all aspects of your life. Be the success!

Your spiritual life is a success, your career is a success, and your relationships are a success. You are a success. And success means progress in every area of your life. You are releasing the habitual patterns of thought and action that have held you back in the past.You are releasing thoughts and actions that limit you in any way, shape, or form. By releasing these limiting patterns in your life; you are now completely free to live your life in this moment and to create your highest good in the here and now.

You are replacing that old thinking with thoughts focused on joy, confidence, success, health, and abundance.  You are determined to be fully present in the experience of now. You are intuitive, creative, and spontaneous in creating your new life – each moment, each day. Be the knowing!

Feel the harmony, strength, and confidence this knowing creates deep within you. You are becoming the person you always knew you could be right this moment!

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation, Ray’s first novel,  is turning heads and opening minds. Humanity’s past is checkered, secret, and dangerous.

White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leader seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

Are You Buying the Ticket? – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday July 20, 2010

Today’s Accomplishment in History:

Today is the 41st anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest achievements – the Apollo 11 moon landing. There few better examples of how the vision of one man can be converted to reality by the work, determination, and ingenuity of many others.

You may have heard the old story about the man who wanted to win the lottery. He prayed and prayed and prayed to God to win the lottery. He never won.

Eventually, the man died. When he arrived in heaven he sought out God to ask a question. “God,” he asked, “I was faithful to you my entire life. Why would you not answer my one simple prayer to win the lottery?”

God replied, “My child, did you ever purchase a lottery ticket?”

The man, sheepishly, answered, “No, Father, I never bought a lottery ticket.”

God smiled and said, “My child, I try to answer every prayer I can, but even God needs some help. For years I prayed that you would meet me half way and buy the lottery ticket.”

There are things we want in life. Goals we hope to achieve. Experiences we want to have. It doesn’t matter if you’re praying to God about it or it’s just something you are trying to achieve on your own; you have to “buy your ticket”.

Buying your ticket is metaphor for taking the steps necessary to set yourself up for success. In most cases, sitting, waiting, and hoping are not buying your ticket.

To buy your ticket, you must attract, act, and believe.

Attract: The attract part  of the equation involves putting the intention out there in the Universe. Remember, “Ask and you shall receive.”? The Universe responds to our stated intentions not our secret hopes. It’s about creating the mental environment necessary to “manifest” your goal in your life. Affirmations, meditation, praying, or verbally sharing our dreams with others are all ways to achieve that part of the equation. The man in the story did that part.

Act: The second part is equally important, though. You have to take action. Waiting on God or others to meet your needs while you sit passively by is not the act of buying the ticket. This the part many people leave out. They put the intention out there and they believe, but they fail to act. You must take proactive steps that give you the best chance for success. This is the part the man in the story failed to do.

Believe: The third part of buying your ticket is belief or some might call it faith. This aspect is important because it enhances your actions by adding life and purpose to them. That all plays into a better result. This part is also important because often achieving requires patience and perseverance. Many a dream has been attracted and acted upon, but lost because the person gave up a moment too soon.

President Kennedy did the attracting part. He put the intention to go to the moon out into the Universe. Thousands of experts and geniuses acted to make it a reality. And, a nation – indeed a world – believed.

So my question for you today is are you buying your ticket? Are you doing all three parts of the equation to attract your best life? No ticket means no lottery.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation, Ray’s first novel,  is turning heads and opening minds. Humanity’s past is checkered, secret, and dangerous.

White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leader seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

Whatever I Need Always Comes My Way – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday March 24, 2010

Today’s Affirmation:

“Whatever I need comes my way.” (hear this affirmation)


During a very difficult part of my life, I used to say this one about 100 times a day. I also used to listen to it when I went to bed at night. I found this thought very effective at responding to the negative thoughts that ruled my life at that time.

It’s a simple affirmation, but contained in it is world of faith, hope, and awareness.

  • Faith: The affirmation communicates faith in its implicit understanding that everything happens for a reason. I know that assertion has almost become trite conventional wisdom. Nonetheless, even science acknowledges discernable patterns in the universe. The Earth does not suddenly begin orbiting the Moon. The ocean tides do not flow in reverse. There is a certain perfection to things. Are our lives an exception? Hardly. When you look back at your life you see that so many things that did not seem to make sense in a moment made perfect sense given perspective. There seems to be a kind of plan to things. You can have faith that the new things coming into your life will also fit into that plan and provide you new opportunities to grow and expand.
  • Hope: The affirmation communicates hope in that it reminds you that there is a flow to things. You are not stuck where we are. New things are coming to you all the time. The universe and your life are in motion constantly. When you get stressed or depressed it is often because you create solidity to a momentary setback. It feels permanent, but it is not. Every day brings new possibilities. “Whatever” is an open book and reminds you that anything is possible.
  • Awareness: The affirmation communicates awareness. Notice it says “whatever I need” not “whatever I want”. The concept here is that there is a certain intelligence or wisdom in the events, people, and things that come your way in life. There are no accidents. Because that is so, you can be confident that you have the wherewithall to handle these things. You really can take lemons and make lemonade. You can handle setbacks and move forward to new levels of achievement.

Stay inspired!

Ray