The Life and Times of a Sub-Par Perfectionist (Part 2) – Using Affirmations to Change Your Life

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The other day in this post: Real Talk: If Only Perfection Could be Bought on Amazon (Part 1), I talked about how I’m always on the hunt for something to make my life easier and better. I want it to be something I can buy on Amazon and have mailed right to me. Easy, right? With just a couple clicks, and after a zillion dollars spent, I’d be totally perfect!

I came to the conclusion that I needed to be easier on myself, and I realized that I’ve been waaaaay over-committing. The past few days I’ve been going through every part of my life. It seems the technology part has really gotten out of control so I’ve been unsubscribing and cancelling things. It’s so easy to forget about the mental clutter that “little”, seemingly insignificant things take up. Physical clutter is easier to spot. I worked really, really hard to get out of debt, and the whole reason I wanted to get out of debt was to have be able to have freedom and some choices, not to be even more stressed out!

In addition to adopting a Minimalist Mind I’m taking action (in the corniest way possible. I’ll be the first to admit this whole “affirmation” thing feels corny as all hell). You may have noticed a LONNNNNNNNG delay from Part 1 of this post to today’s Part 2. I knew that if I put this post up I’d have to start doing these affirmations. I’ve been avoiding this but, today’s the day.

Instead of buying to zone out and make myself feel better I’m going to do some work, internally. Below are a whole bunch of affirmations. Most are ones I’ve completely made up. Those represent my ideal life or situation. With others, they’re true but I find myself forgetting about them. Others are more of a wishful thinking situation… almost like, if I believe it to be true, it will be, type of thing.

From the research I’ve done, the key with affirmations is to try to truly believe what you are telling yourself. Act as if it’s true. Feel what it would feel like if it were true. Let your face and body experience what you’re saying as if, “Of course, there could be nothing more true in the world!”. Fake it till you make it, right? It’s not about simply repeating a list super quick, and breezing through it just to check it off your To Do list. Also, saying some of the confirmation’s there’s a tendency to want to tell yourself things like, “Uh, yeah right!”, “Pshaw!, hardly…”, or, “That’ll never happen!” Apparently, you’ve got to just go with it. Believe it.

The key, so I hear, is to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself these things. I’ve also heard that if you want to “super-charge” your self-esteem, confidence, and really change your internal thoughts about yourself you should say these to yourself as often as 3x a day. Or, in the alternative, you can take what is called the “lazy-man’s” method for changing your life. This approach is when you record the affirmations, put the recording on a loop, and place the speaker under your pillow so all the positiveness seeps into your sub-conscious while you sleep.

Pick a few from the list that truly resonate with you. Pick ones that represent your ideal life. Or, use the below examples as a guide to create affirmations that truly mean something to you.

I’m going to pick 5 of the most vital ones to start with and see how that goes. Also, I hear it can take up to 6 months to feel different so hang in there if you don’t notice massive changes right away.

I’ve included a printable PDF of both of these lists. The link to that is at the bottom of this post. 

Alright, today’s the day.

 

MONEY-POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS:

I have more than enough money.

I’m debt-free!

I shop and spend wisely.

I control my impulses.

I pause when tempted, and I buy purposely.

I have more than enough money for my bills.

Abundance flows through me.

I am in complete control of my money.

I’m a money magnet.

Money loves the hell out of me!

Money falls into my lap!

I always have more than enough money.

My self-worth and net-worth are growing.

I’m financially successful.

People look to me for guidance on money matters.

My income is increasing daily.

I easily find ways to make extra money.

I am wealthy.

I’m financially secure for the future.

I know exactly where my money is going at all times.

I make the tough choices I need to in order to get out of debt.

I am disciplined in how I spend money.

I am dedicated to living debt-free.

I am responsible with money.

I effortlessly resist things I don’t need.

I’m naturally good with money!

I resist temptation.

I love paying my bills.

Saving money is easy!

I am financially independent and organized.

I live well within my means.

I don’t need anything else.

My middle name is Money!

The Spending Fast is easy.

I only spend money on my needs.

All my bills are paid. I have no worries.

 

GENERAL POSITIVE LIVING AFFIRMATIONS:

I’m happy healthy and strong.

I have a ton of energy!

I’m funny!

People really like me.

I can think on my feet.

I am calm and relaxed in every situation.

I radiate love and happiness.

I am surrounded by love.

I am a great mom and an awesome wife.

My life is manageable

I am wise.

I have a safe and reliable car.

I have a satisfying job.

I have the means to travel whenever I want.

I’m successful in whatever I do.

I set a challenge and I always accomplish my goal.

I’m trustworthy.

I can keep secrets.

Day by day, everything is getting better.

I’m so freaking awesome!

I’m super pretty!

I’m completely perfect just the way I am!

I follow my intuition.

I make good decisions.

I’m looking forward to having a fun day.

I have everything I need.

I’m creative and clever.

I accept myself as I am, and I accept others as they are.

I am perfect just the way I am, others are perfect just as they are.

All my problems have solutions.

I’m full of inspiring and thoughtful things.

I’m thoughtful and caring.

The people in my life know how much I love them, because I tell them and show them!

My life is good!

I exercise regularly, and I eat food that nourishes me.

Life is easy and fun!

I can do hard things!

I have great posture. My core, back, and shoulders are strong,

I have a 6 pack.

I have super strong arms, like Michelle Obama.

I go to bed early, and I sleep deeply. I wake up refreshed every morning.

I have no complications in my life.

I am surrounded by people who love and support me.

My past helps me help others.

I’m grateful for all I have.

I work efficiently, and effectively.

 

Have you ever used affirmations? What do you think, do they work or not? Got any tips for me on how to make them more effective?

Click here for a printable version of the above affirmations.

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  1. Tyler

    Anna!

    I have used affirmations before, but very inconsistently. I usually forget. I think I will try writing them on my bathroom mirror for maximum effect next to getting them tattooed on my arm ;)

    Speaking of your Minimalist Mind, The Minimalists are coming to Denver for their book tour in June!

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  2. Anonymous

    I felt that affirmations made my depressed moods worse if I didn’t believe them in the first place. Things I can believe maybe will build slowly. “I smell okay most of the time, and when I don’t, I shower right away. I take good care of my teeth. I eat vegetables whenever I can.”

    It’s not, perhaps, the destined-for-great-riches kind of affirmation, but when you are so far down, it is hard to believe you can go that high. At least I know these statements are true, and they don’t discourage me further. They remind me that I’m okay!

    Sometimes you just have to remember that where you are isn’t so bad!

    I hope this helps someone else. I thought affirmations were really corny until I grasped that their purpose is to remind you of things you know are true.

    I think your list is wonderful and I enjoyed reading it. Blessings!

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