Learn how creating one simple sentence can put you, and your organisation, on a more positive path!
As the new year approached, you are ready for change in your life, and business, and not exactly sure where to start. Affirmations are a simple, yet powerful, technique the best coaches use to help clients transform their lives.
An affirmation is a statement focusing on a quality or behavior that you want to experience in your life or business.
Where your attention goes energy flows. Focusing on the affirmation multiple times a day teaches you a new way of being. It also supports you in breaking through any limiting beliefs that are holding you back from living your most fulfilling life.
Less than two years ago I was working on finding my inner voice. The affirmation I focused on was, “I am listening to, loving, and trusting my inner voice.” As of that point I was able to develop my emotional intelligence to a very high level and very often I can read people’s energetic field through their subconscious mind.
There is no formula of how long it will take and what may come of your affirmation. Be patient and gentle with yourself through the change. Over time you will start to see a shift in yourself and ultimately, the world around you. As Napoleon Hill says: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve, regardless how many times you have to fail.”
Your mind is a magnet and attracts whatever corresponds to its ruling state. Whatever you imagine in your mind, whatever you expect and think about, will tend to bring into your live the things and conditions that are in harmony with. Here is how to create your own affirmation:
1.Pick a quality or behavior you wish to experience in your life.
If you are getting results that you don’t want, then recognize what kind of behavior is producing this unwanted result and describe the polar opposite of this behavior and result you want in details.
2.Create a specific statement using the present tense, positive verbiage, and exciting language.
PRESENT TENSE: Acting as if it is already happening creates the energy you need to make it a reality.
- Useful: I am trusting my intuition to guide me as a leader.
- Not so useful: I will trust my intuition to guide me as a leader.
POSITIVE VERBIAGE: This ensures you are focusing on what you really want to manifest instead of what you want to avoid. Adding gratitude in the sentence puts your body in a positive vibration and in the harmony of what you want.
- Very helpful: I am grateful that I am confidently expressing my views to the world.
- Not as helpful: I am not nervous when speaking publicly.
EXCITING LANGUAGE: This builds the energy behind it and encourages you to stick with it.
- Wonderful: I am feeling an abundance of joy with every action I take in my life.
- Partially wonderful: I am happy.
Other affirmation examples for leadership include:
- I am so grateful that I am confident in my mission, vision and my path as a leader.
- I am so grateful that I am feeling inner peace making decisions based on my values and priorities.
- I am so grateful now that I am turning my goals into actions and my actions into results.
- I am so grateful now that I take responsibility for my results and commit to be a positive force to those around me.
- I am so grateful I am accepting the responsibilities gifted to me in this lifetime with confidence and gratitude.
- I am so grateful that I am a strong, authentic and respected leader, confidently going after my dreams.
- I am so grateful I am generously sharing my gifts with the world and encouraging others to do the same.
- I am so grateful I have courage to follow my heart, I am aligned with my passion and allowing the universe to guide me.
- I am so grateful I am creatively turning perceived problems into opportunities.
3. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Review your affirmation multiple times a day. Add a daily reminder to your phone. Put a sticky note in your car or at your desk. Bring out your creative side and make artwork you can hang in your house. Do you have doubts? Think big and do it! It is a test of self-discipline as well as an effective exercise for creating a positive mindset. At the end you are worthy of experiencing the life you want to live!
4. Bring affirmations to your organisation.
As a leader I encourage you to share your affirmation with your organisation and teams. Some may think this is showing weakness admitting there is even something to change. I see it as demonstrating strength by showing your organization you are continually working on being the best leader, and ultimately person, possible. It will inspire them to do the same.
You can even encourage your organization to focus on their personal growth by asking everyone to create affirmations. Make affirmations part of your culture by asking people to post it at their desk, add it to their e-mail signature, or start meetings with sharing affirmations to create an environment that supports everyone’s growth. At the end of the day that is why we are all here. To grow into the best we possibly can be and make this world an even better place!