Tips on Using Affirmations​ and Motivational Words

Positive affirmations and quotes can be powerful tools for re-wiring your mind. As you’ve probably already come to believe, our thoughts create our reality. As per the Law of Attraction, everything around is our own creation, manifested by our own thoughts.

We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think.


Our mind believes whatever we tell it and responds to it.

If we are absolutely bogged-down at work and feeling dead tired, we say, “Oh my God, I’m working too hard, I need a break from this.” Our mind takes this very seriously and we fall sick! Not exactly what we might have wanted, but our mind takes our words absolutely literally.

Take another example, if someone is scared of flying, they’ll start feeling anxiety days before they actually have to take the flight. The flight might be in another week, or more, and yet they’ll start having sweaty palms or hot and cold flushes anytime someone talks about traveling. This person might not even be traveling with them, but the mere thought of travel can be enough to trigger their own panic thoughts.

The fact that our thoughts impact our experience is truly incredible. But, this also means that we have the authority to feed our mind thoughts that will get us what we want.

All we need to do is to change the signal we send to our mind by changing our internal dialogue.

You can implement some great changes like boosting your self-esteem, getting a wonderful new job, making new friends, etc, simply by changing the words you tell yourself.

Change your self-talk to change your outcome

You might have heard of the placebo effect. It basically refers to patients showing improvement in their physical conditions after taking a “dummy” pill, a placebo, that contains no medicine at all.

There is no logical reason for the patient’s health to improve because nothing else has changed for them. However, because they think they have taken a drug to improve their health, their condition improves. I think of the placebo effect as a great example of the power of our thoughts.

Flip your internal messages to positive.

Our beliefs, and more importantly, our self-chatter is far more powerful than most people realize. What we tell ourselves, again and again, is what we reprogram ourselves into believing.

So why not work this to our advantage? Simply flip the fearful message around. Say words to yourself that will do you good.

If you’ve overtired at work, instead of saying that you are in desperate need of a break, say, “I’m tired. But I have tremendous coping skills and I can get through this”.

If you’re scared of flying, arm yourself with powerful words that will help you instead. Say, “I’m very strong, I can definitely handle flying. Actually, I might even enjoy flying.”

Uplifting future statements are great motivation.

Let’s assume for a minute that your goal is to lose weight so that you can fit into a beautiful outfit. If you put an affirmation saying, “I feel beautiful and confident in my lovely new dress.” on the mirror, chances are you’ll be visualizing walking around in your pretty attire.

This phrase itself can be tremendously encouraging because each time you say it, you feel the benefit of losing weight and you can picture yourself sitting, walking, talking in that dress, receiving wonderful compliments.

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.

~ Earl Nightingale

Use affirmations and quotes to achieve an outcome you desire.

Positive statements have been shown to successfully treat people with depression, poor self-esteem, and other health conditions. Hence, show yourself some love. Tell yourself soothing words. Repeat these a few times, and you will feel better about yourself.

Quotes are a great supplement to affirmations. Since quotes come from some great geniuses who’ve triumphed after their struggles, they resonate with us at a much deeper level and make us believe in the future possibility. And belief is the real key.

Quotes make us feel that if somebody else could make it with that belief, so can we. They are inspiration and validation rolled into one for the new reality we want to build for ourselves.

Using motivational words correctly

Now that we’ve established that affirmations can be a wonderful tool for creating a more beautiful life, let’s look at how we can use them in the best possible manner.

Positive statements are more uplifting.

As you’ve already guessed, affirmations work best if they are positively worded. Why? Because positive statements make us feel better. And isn’t that our main purpose anyway?

The real reason behind all the reasons for wanting a new car or a different job or a better lover, you name it, is that we are searching for happiness. And happiness comes from being cheerful.

Read each of these statements below and say them aloud mentally.

  1. I am worthy of all that I need and desire.
  2. I am not less than anybody else.

Which statement brings you peace and makes you happier inside?

I imagine that the first statement, ” I am worthy of all that I need and desire.” resounds more. And that’s why positive statements.

Use the present tense.

When we want to create a different reality for our future, it’s best to say it as if it already exists. It’s best to use the present tense.

  1. I am worthy of all that I need and desire. (present)
  2. I will be worthy of all that I need and desire. (future)
  3. I am going to be worthy of all that I need and desire. (near future, but still future)

The first statement makes us feel that we are already worthy. On the contrary, the second and third statements make us feel that we are going to be worthy sometime in the future.

The feeling with the present tense statement is that I am already in control, that I am already worthy. I don’t have to get to another state of being to be worthy because I am already, at present, worthy.

But what if you don’t feel a new belief currently? Is it still ok to use the present tense? Well yes, in fact, a resounding yes. Because this is how we are priming our mind.

What we tell our mind, it follows. If you say, “I am worthy of all that I need and desire.”, your mind goes, “Ok. I’m not feeling like that as yet but I’ll get there. I am worthy of all that I need and desire.”

Choose the words that feel right to you.

If on a particular day, you’re feeling particularly hurt, a super amped up power statement might feel superficial inside. So if you need to, take smaller leaps with the positive spin.

Turn the degree of positivity down just a notch, so that the statement uplifts you but doesn’t feel insurmountable.

Whatever you’re repeating, has to positively stretch you, but it has to be believable, at least at some deeper level.

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It’s your turn now. So tell me:

Which of these tips resonates most with you? Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!

With love,



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3 years ago

Beautiful! Thank you for this.

3 years ago

Thanks for sharing and providing this helpful, positive guide.

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