Affirmations are things that we tell ourselves regularly. They can be positive or negative. A positive affirmation is when we tell ourselves that we CAN do something. A negative affirmation is when we tell ourselves that we CAN’T do something.
Have you ever told yourself repeatedly that you can’t do something? Perhaps drawing, maths, or running?
The more you say that negative affirmation to yourself, the more you notice all the little details that convince you that you can’t do something, and the less you notice all the ways that you can actually do it.
By creating a positive affirmation, we start to train the brain to notice all the things we CAN do, we boost our confidence, and we can become better at things.
To create a positive affirmation, we need to state it in the present tense as if we believe it already. We can use phrases that begin with the words I CAN, I ALWAYS, or I AM.
- I can draw well
- I am good at maths
- I always run fast
It can be helpful to make an affirmation card that has the affirmation at the top and then has a picture of the activity (like drawing, maths, or running) underneath it. If you stick this affirmation card somewhere you see it often, you will soon train your brain to see things differently.