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Consider for a moment if you could make a wish and know that it can ultimately come true. What would you wish for?

Affirmations are a really effective way to bring your goals for the future into your present reality. As Louise L. Hay once explained,

“Affirmations are like planting seeds in the ground. First they germinate, then they sprout roots, and then they shoot up through the ground. It takes some time to go from a seed to a full-grown plant. And so with affirmations, it takes some time from the first declaration to the final demonstration. So be patient.”

To get started creating your own affirmation set up a slot of time during which you can relax and let ideas come naturally. Think of the areas of your life that you want to work on and what changes you’d like to experience. If you’re feeling stumped, try writing a few “I am…”, “I know…”, “I have…”, and “I wish…” statements. These will be your inspiration.

With inspiration in hand, you can create your affirmations. Here are 3 tips for great affirmations:

  • Speak in the Present or Past Tense. Avoid using the future tense and contractions if possible. Example: Instead of I’m or I’ve, use terms like “I am” or “I have”.
  • Be Positive. Use positive words to describe both the change and how the it will come to you. Examples: Naturally, Ease, Flow, Limitless.
  • Keep it Short and Simple.
  • Be Yourself. There are thousands of affirmations floating around on the internet, but you are taking the time to write you own. Use language that speaks to you and don’t be afraid to get personal!

Once you have created your affirmation, don’t forget to follow through. The key to a successful affirmation is truly believing in the change. The stronger your belief the stronger the outcome will be. Follow these steps to help you realize your vision:

  • Write it Down. Writing your wishes will help you keep them around. Try writing on Post-Its or index cards for ease of use.
  •  Read and Repeat. Keep your affirmations handy, read them often, and repeat them out loud.
  •  Be Persistent and Patient. Make it a point to reflect on your affirmation daily.  Don’t let waiting for your results get in the way of experiencing it.
  • Don’t worry about the How. This is happening, so why worry how? The universe is a master planner, let her figure it out for you.

Now you can go forth with affirmations in hand and know that things will come to you with ease.