- Find a time to practice that is free from distractions and is in a place you feel comfortable.
- Remind yourself that your words and thoughts have tremendous power and can shape the life you want to have.
- As you begin your affirmations, bring your attention to your heart and repeat each affirmation intentionally three to five times each. Don’t just rattle off your affirmations from memory. Be sure to really connect to each word allowing them to create a deep, lasting impression on you.
- Connect with the emotions the affirmations make you feel. Allow yourself to feel the emotions that come as if this affirmation is true for you right now. Really feel those positive emotions such as joy, inspiration, passion, happiness, relief, excitement, and gratitude deeply as you make your affirmations.
- End your affirmation practice with a moment of gratitude towards yourself for taking a step towards the life you want. End your practice with this powerful reminder from Mahatma Gandhi — a lawyer and activist who successfully led his country, India, to freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. Gandhi is famous for his philosophy of nonviolent resistance that has inspired civil rights leaders around the world including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Your beliefs become my thoughts.
Your thoughts become my words.
Your words become my actions.
Your actions become my habits.
Your habits become my values.
Your values become my destiny.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Some ways to help your young person practice positive affirmations:
- Print the I AM Affirmations practice out for your young person (at bottom of full article). You can read it to them in the morning or at bedtime or leave it for them to practice on their own if they are older.
- If you want to make their list of affirmations more personalized, sit down with them and write a list of affirmations they believe in and feel strongly about for themselves.
- Everyone is different, check in with your young person to see if they would feel more comfortable voicing their affirmations with you, on their own (maybe in front of a mirror), writing them down (on sticky notes they can place around their room), or using visualization. Support them in their choice.
- You can always change them up, add to them, or focus on one or two. Help your young person by affirming their statements throughout the day.