Saying affirmations everyday has been a morning routine of mine since February after I read a book called The Miracle Morning For Real Estate Agents by Hal Elrod, Michael J. Maher, Michael Reese, and Jay Kinder.
This book—based on the self-improvement bestseller The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod—lays out six life-changing early morning practices for super-charging your life with more happiness and more success. And one of the most crucial habits in The Miracle Morning routine is Affirmations.
The book states that the most effective way to do affirmations is by repeating positive goal-oriented statements starting with “I am committed to” and followed by specific measurable actions, ideal results, and a time frame. For example:
“I am committed to doing 150 pushups every single day NO MATTER WHAT so I can put on 5 pounds of muscle by June 30th.”
This may sound like common sense goal-setting. But it turns out that saying affirmations out loud to yourself on a daily basis goes much deeper than simply setting a goal for yourself.
Affirmations re-program your brain to think, act, and feel, like a champion.
And re-programming is your mind can be a very empowering daily practice. Because as the book explains: “We’ve all been programmed, at the sub-conscious level, to think believe, and act the way we do. Our programming is a result of many influences, including what we have been told by others, what we have told ourselves, and all of our life experiences—both good and bad.”
So whether you’re consciously in control of the process or not, your brain is constantly being conditioned—for better or worse—to think, act, and feel in certain ways. What affirmations do is they allow you to take control of that process.
Affirmations give you the opportunity to re-program your anxieties, fears, worries, self-limiting beliefs, insecurities, and doubts into positive emotions, confident thoughts, empowering beliefs, and positive behaviors. Saying affirmations out loud to yourself each morning is a powerful practice for taking control of your mind, taking control of your thoughts, taking control of your work ethic, taking control of your happiness, and taking control of your success.
With a lot of these life-changing self-improvement early morning practices for super-charging your life with more happiness and success—like meditation for example—there’s definitely a too-good-to-be-true factor. The idea that repeating positive statements out loud each morning can change your life sounds really simple and too good to be true.
But it works.
I have witnessed a very noticeable difference between days when I say affirmations in the morning and days that I don’t. On days that I say my morning affirmations, I find it almost impossible to give up on my goals.
Because as I wake up each morning and re-write my affirmations on paper—which is recommended—and say them out loud to myself with measurable actions, ideal results, and time-frames, I’m making a promise to myself. Not only am I making a promise to myself, I’m making a promise to the world, to life, and to the universe—a promise that I will do whatever it takes to follow through on getting my goals accomplished NO MATTER WHAT.
And it feels almost impossible to walk away from my office, away from my desk at home, or away from the gym without at least trying to get those goals accomplished. Because after I’ve said my affirmations, giving up on those goals feels like a sin. It feels like I’m breaking my promise.
What makes affirmations so powerful is they re-program your subconscious mind to take the right actions. So as you go about your day, you’re going to feel more focused, more determined, and more goal-oriented than you would otherwise. You’re going to attack your goals with more tenacity. And you will go above and beyond to keep your promises to yourself.
You’ll go out of your way to do your 150 pushups, to call at least 40 prospective clients, to run at least 2 miles, to write at least 2 pages of your first book, to read for at least an hour per day, and to get at least two hours of studying in. You’ll go out of your way to make those promises come true.
Ready to get started?
You can kick start your morning affirmations routine by re-writing your positive statements every morning on paper—because there is a lot of power in the act of physically writing them down. Make sure to work measurable actions, ideal results, and timeframes into your affirmations. And repeat them out loud to yourself in the following format:
“I am committed to doing ______ NO MATTER WHAT so that I can ______ by ______.”
Be diligent, consistent, and disciplined about doing your daily morning affirmations. Then watch with pride as slowly by slowly—day by day—they all start to come true.
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*All credit for the quotes and the Affirmations format goes to The Miracle Morning For Real Estate Agents by Hal Elrod, Michael J. Maher, Michael Reese, and Jay Kinder.