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I’m a firm believer in affirmations. I truly believe that when you use affirmations and visualization daily you can stay motivated and focused, which then opens you up to possibilities and opportunities you may have never seen before to reach your goal. As the saying goes, change your thinking, change your life!

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Affirmations are specific positive, statements that you repeat to yourself to knock out negative thoughts and describe your goal in an already completed state.

I first started using affirmations in 2003 when I  decided that I wanted to run a marathon -26.2 MILES! I had never been a runner before so, pretty much everyone except a few best friends really took me seriously. I will never forget the first day I went out running. I mapped out a mile and confidently decided I would run the entire thing. I ran about ¼ of a mile then had to run walk the rest back. I came home completely deflated! I couldn’t even run a mile!! As I sat there dying on my front step the only thing I could think of was all the people I told and how embarrassed I would be if anyone asked me about how my training was going. It was at that moment I decided I would get my hands on as much information on marathon training that I could. And it was at that moment that I created my first affirmation. “I am a strong runner, I will finish my {#} miles today”

At the time, I didn’t know much about affirmations but, I literally repeated this every time I went out for a run. When I started, when I wanted to quit, when I wanted to switch to walking. Every time my mind was yelling at me to stop or skip a run. Long story short, soon I started running five days logging 35-45 miles a week. My easy runs became six or eight miles and my long runs were 18 miles!! It took me just under a year to train for the marathon and in January of 2004, I ran the Walt Disney Marathon and finished!

I will never forget reaching mile 13 where the half marathon runners separate to go to their finish line, I was tired, my calves were aching, I had become separated from my friend and thinking; I can just quit here, a half marathon is a great accomplishment too! Immediately, my mind went back to “I am a strong, runner, I will finish my 26.2 miles today.”  I waddled across that finish line with tired muscles but, was so happy!!

Today affirmations are something that I still use every day in many aspects of my life. Here are some tips for creating affirmations and making them work for you.


Always start with the words “I am” and be specific in what you want.  I always speak in the present tense, as if I am already what it is that I am desiring to be.  Never use the words, “I want” and don’t use any negative words such as “not”.  Keep your affirmation positive. So, you should not say…” I want to live in a big house by the water.” A better affirmation would be, “I am enjoying living in my (#-square foot) home on the Atlantic coast.” You shouldn’t say, “I will not eat junk food to reach my weight goal” A better affirmation would be, “I am healthy at my weight of (target weight) and enjoying eating healthy food that nourishes my body.”

Say it in a sentence

Collette Carlson is one of my favorite personal development speakers. I once heard her use the phrase “say it in a sentence” and I have since tried my best to use this philosophy in my life. Make your affirmations short and specific.  Since you will be repeating these to yourself 3-5 times a day you want to be able to make them easy to remember and to the point.

Jack Canfield wrote in his book The Success Principles that you should add an action word ending with –ing.  According to Jack, this technique produces the feeling that you are already doing it.

Make repeating your affirmations a part of your routine.

My favorite time to self-talk is when I’m brushing my teeth. I do this every day, while I am standing in front of a mirror. One of my affirmations is to become more patient with my children. I have two energetic boys aged 5 and 6 who test my patience daily. So, throughout the day, I repeat my affirmation.  One easy way to do this is to use the “reminders” app on your phone. This is something that has been incredibly helpful and I can’t tell you how many times I see this reminder pop up and think “ Where were you five minutes ago!!!”  This simple reminder popping up immediately brings me back to my goal to be more patient and I usually think of ways I could have done better. I say usually because I’m not perfect. Don’t expect to be perfect at creating change instantly. It takes time. As long as you are staying focused, disciplined and reflecting on your mistakes I believe you will be successful.

Don’t just wish for stuff to happen.

This is the biggest one and I am at fault of this too. It doesn’t matter if you affirm 10 times a day that you want to be, for example, a target weight if you continue your same old habits.

If you ever read or watched the secret. There is a scene in the movie where some guy is visualizing that money is appearing in his mailbox. Then poof! One day checks were flooding his mailbox. Hmmmm…yeah don’t think so. I read the book and watched the movie and I personally have a lot of issues with it.

The next step about affirmations is GET BUSY!

Live what you are preaching to yourself! Don’t just wish for more money or to be patient. Act on it. When you look for opportunities you will find them. You must stay focused daily, and be disciplined at working towards your goals.

As my husband tells me, “Roasted duck never flew in people’s mouths” You have to work for it.

I honestly feel like when you start affirming positive thoughts. You will open yourself to more opportunities. You will begin seeing things differently and that is when you will see all that this world has to offer and the potential out there for you to be successful with all your goals!

I just want to end this by saying, I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon and I am not some millionaire living on the water. I don’t affirm to be a millionaire with a fancy car and my ideas of success aren’t related to my bank account.  But, I can tell you that when I use affirmations and maintain focus and discipline on manifesting my life into what I want it to be, I have had success reaching my goals or something better!



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Here is a fun song by Amerie to get you pumped, and a free pdf to get you started!!!

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