How to Turn Limp Affirmations Into Mantras for Success!

blog-affirmationsTo affirm something is simply to declare that it is true. So, creating and using affirmations should be a breeze, right?

Actually, the true art of the affirmation is both subtle and profound. Despite the popularity of this technique, some people use affirmations that are bland and perhaps even self-defeating.

When creating your affirmation, remember that even minor variations in wording can make a huge difference in the results you get. Since your words literally have the power to create your circumstances, invest a few minutes now to take your affirmation skills to a higher level.

Consider the following statement:

I will quit smoking with ease and joy, remembering the effects on my physical and mental health and preparing to live a longer life.

By using the guidelines found below, you can transform limp affirmations like that into mantras for manifesting a huge change in your life!

The following points are key:


1) Enter the “now”
Start your affirmation by entering the present tense. Take the condition you desire and declare it to be already true.

2) Be positive
Our sample affirmation keeps the focus on smoking—the condition that you do not want. Instead, shine a light on what you do want—to be smoke-free.

A related reminder: Our subconscious mind skips the word not. So, delete this word from your affirmations. “I am not afraid of public speaking” gives us the message that you are afraid. Use, “I feel at ease as I speak in public.”

3) Be concise
Shorter is better. Affirmations with fewer words are often easier to recall, especially in situations when you feel some stress. Rhyming makes your affirmations even more memorable. For example, “I am feeling alive at 185.”

4) Include action
Whenever possible, affirm yourself as a person who takes action. For example: “I am gratefully driving my new Porsche along an open highway.” Action engages the Law of Attraction, creating new results in our lives and opening us to further inspiration.

5.) Include a feeling word  
Powerful affirmations include content and emotion. Content describes the specific outcome that you desire. Emotion gets to the heart of how you feel about that outcome. For a more potent affirmation, add both elements.

Consider this affirmation:

"I am supporting my children to fully come forward into the world."

The content of this statement is clear. Yet it lacks an emotional charge. Breathe life into this affirmation by adding an active expression of feeling:

"I am lovingly supporting my children and encourage them to fully express their unique talents and gifts."

You will know that you have a powerful affirmation when you feel a surge of emotional energy. The force of feeling jumpstarts you into action.


Now get some direct experience with “affirmation transformation.” Return to the first example mentioned in this article:

"I will quit smoking with ease and joy, remembering the effects on my physical and mental health and preparing to live a longer life."

Playing with the guidelines listed serves up some more exciting options, such as:

"I am breathing effortlessly with lungs that are pure and clean."

"I am celebrating how easily I breathe through strong, healthy lungs."

Also consider the following affirmations on a variety of topics:

"I am joyfully celebrating my graduation from college with a master’s degree."

"I am effectively delivering my first talk to an audience of over 1,000 people who affirm my message with a standing ovation."

"I am confidently checking the balance of my bank account as I make a deposit of $1,000,000."

"I am walking up on stage to receive my first Emmy award and receiving a roar of applause."

When you’re satisfied with the wording of your affirmation, start using it right away.

Repeat your affirmations at least three times daily—first thing in the morning, midday, and just before you go to sleep. Regular repetition will gently return your focus to manifesting the life of your dreams.


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  • Stephen Earl Price

    I had an affirmation "I am painting murals in Spanish Lakes" and I found myself getting a call from a designer after a couple of years even tho I had not done any solicitation and knew no one there, it is a gated community of estates.
    My mate and I had to relocate she moving closer to work and saying goodbye to me. I ended up in a tiny apartment on a horse ranch.
    So this designer calls and I get instructions from my new place. It was an hour drive from the older ranch, I was amazed to fine how the universe can do amazing things.
    It is now 10 minutes to his door from mine!

    And so there I was, painting for free. My designer kept saying no he hasn't called back but for him that is a good sign.

    So I changed the statement to "I am getting paid to paint in Spanish Lakes"
    He called all on his own within 36 hours of the change!
    I am being paid to paint in Spanish Lakes... thanks universe!
    All of my affirmations have been improved.
    Thanks Jack I needed that!

    • ASDF2222

      WOWWW!!!! Thanks for sharing that is incredible!

    • Bincy Lenny D'cruz

      Thank you JACK. I am a product trainer aspiring to be behavioural training. Whenever u have a session in India I will surely attend. You have made lot of betterment in my life both personal and professional front. God bless you for your work

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  • Janelle A Bryan

    Jack, is there a maximum number of affirmations that you can/should use each day?

    • khall78641

      Hello Janelle,
      It has been my experience that the more the better. However in today's active and very busy lifestyles that people typically lead it can be challenging to even remember to practice them at all for some. I have had many people tell me about their results and they were hearing their affirmations just 80 times during the night and it worked great for them. I am sure that they additionally recited them daily as well, but as I stated above that is sometimes a challenging task in itself so I know some did not do it. However, 80 times worked for many of them, and of course results do vary between people and their pursued goals. I tend to use affirmations more at night myself rather than during the day because it bypasses the conscious mind and targets the subconscious directly which allows for a better result. Hope that helps you out, Good Luck.

      • Jonathan Paine

        Hi Jack,
        Thanks for these wonderful tips and pathways to success. To extend my law of attraction, I'm posting my daily affirmations on Facebook. Do you believe this is a good idea?

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  • Kate Burke

    Great thanks and releasing with TSM

  • Rosa Muziotti

    Thanks for these guidelines. I wrote again some of my affirmations and they feel really good now. I have the sensation that my goodness is coming now

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  • Roxana

    Hello everyone, I was wondering if it was better and more productive if you concentrate on only a small number of affirmations, like two or three? Or does it even matter how many affirmations one have?
    Looking forward to your ideas. Thank you 🙂
    Warm regards, Roxana

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  • Gaurav Kaundilya

    Can't it be in present perfect tense for example "I have got My inspiring article successfully published in times news on 16th Jan 2017 and it is loved by many 🙂 . Thanks! "

    • Hi Gaurav, it certainly can be, but affirmations tend to be more effective in the "now." Also, present tense tends to be shorter and roll off the tongue: "My inspiring article is published in times news!"

      • Gaurav Kaundilya

        Ah! Thanks a lot 🙂 . Understood 🙂 . Many thanks Jack (y)

  • Simpson Cote D'azur

    I m really and deeply happy to afford my trip to Auckland to look x job and give to myself the chance to improve my life and learn more from another culture.
    I'm happy that in all my challenges I have the fully participation of my sisters and friends.
    The sharing moment of my trip is the most exciting feeling that everyone included me is happy for.

    • That is wonderful, Simpson! Support from friends and family is so very important. Thank you for sharing.

  • Bernard Smalls

    Outstanding insight Jack! Thanks!

  • Terri-Mae Fitzgerald

    Travelling the world

  • Alexandra Moorcroft

    Hi Jack! Thank you very much for the tips.

    " I am enjoying my new work and financial renumeration that comes from it. I love what I do!"
    Is it good?