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Our self-image has a profound effect on our lives. It influences how we perceive ourselves, how we behave and how we present ourselves in relationships and at work.

If you want to build a healthy and positive self-image, positive affirmations can be a powerful tool. In this blog article you will find a guide to creating effective and powerful affirmations to strengthen your self-image and bring about positive changes in your life.

Step 1: Self-reflection and awareness:

Before creating positive affirmations, it is important to self-reflect and become aware of your current beliefs and thoughts.

Ask yourself:

  • What negative beliefs or self-doubts are affecting my self-image?
  • What do I believe to be true about myself that doesn’t serve me?

Identify these negative beliefs and realise that they are not the absolute truth.

Step 2: Formulate positive and affirming statements:

Once you have become aware of your negative beliefs, the next step is to formulate positive affirmations to replace these negative beliefs. Use powerful and self-affirming statements in the present tense. For example, “I am full of confidence and love myself unconditionally” or “I am valuable and recognised for my unique talents and abilities”.

To find affirmations that support you, reflect this:

  • If I could choose – who would I want to be?
  • What do I admire in other people?
  • What do I wish other people would recognise me for?

The new statements should be coherent and feel good to you.

Step 3: Select supporting words and phrases:

Make sure the words and phrases you use are personally meaningful and supportive. Choose positive adjectives that describe the qualities or feelings you want. For example: “I am brave, strong and full of joy”.

Step 4: Repeat and internalise your affirmations:

Repeat your positive affirmations on a regular basis. Write them on cards and place them where you will see them often (mobile phone wallpapers with affirmations from Pinterest are my secret tip). Repeat them in the morning when you get up or at night before you go to bed. The more you repeat them, the more they will enter your subconscious mind and positively influence your thoughts and actions.

It is important that you use them especially when your old limiting beliefs are causing you negative feelings. Consciously replace them with the new affirmations.

Step 5: Link your feelings to your affirmations:

To increase the power of your affirmations, associate them with positive emotions. Visualise how you feel and what your life looks like when you are already embodying your desired self-image. Feel the joy, confidence and fulfilment that come with this new self-image.

Step 6: Remain patient and loving:

Changing your self-image takes time and patience. Be patient and loving with yourself and acknowledge small steps of progress. Remain persistent and consistent in using your positive affirmations and in feeling and letting go of your limiting beliefs and patterns. Over time, positive changes will manifest in your self-image and in your life.

Developing and using positive affirmations can have a huge impact on improving your self-image. By consciously addressing your beliefs and repeatedly using positive affirmations, you can strengthen your self-image and bring about positive changes in your life. Be patient, persistent and loving to yourself as you go through this process. It is in your own hands to shape your self-image and live a fulfilled and empowered life.

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