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Affirmations: sPecific, Practical/Possible, and Passionate

In the previous post we discussed the first three P’s of affirmations: Personal, Positive and Present tense. I hope you practiced writing some affirmations according to those guidelines.

Now let’s move on to three more “P’s” of writing good affirmations. For the next one I used my self-awarded poetic license:


Be clear about what you want


You must be clear about exactly what you want and describe it to yourself in detail as if you were telling someone else who was going to get it for you. It may take some time to get really clear about what you want, but you won’t get there until you start. If you don’t really know what you want, then almost anything will do.

Don’t expect yourself to get it perfect the first time. Don’t be concerned about getting some of the details wrong at first or changing your mind about some aspect later on. You can, and should, refine your affirmations as often as seems appropriate. Try to pick a description you can be happy with for a while, but when it doesn’t feel right, change it.

If there is an aspect (color, model, size, etc.) which is important to you, then you should specify this in your affirmation. But if some aspects of it don’t matter to you, just ignore them.

While you need to clearly specify what you want, you should avoid dealing with how it should come to you. For example, do not mention people who should or shouldn’t be involved in bringing it to you.

“I want a blue Toyota Prius 2-3 years old with AC, power windows and power steering.” instead of “I want a good car.” 



Choose the Possible


Since this is something that you want and don’t have now, what you describe should be a ‘stretch’ but not so much that you can’t imagine it happening to you. It must be a realistic stretch, it should be possible for you.

If what you really want is a very big goal viewed from where you are right now, then you should break it down into a series of manageable, realistic, goals that are just believable from where you stand right now.

 “My income has increased by 50% within 6 months.” instead of “I am a millionaire within 5 years.” 

Note: in the above example, it would be better to specify an exact dollar amount so that your mind doesn’t have to remember where you started and do calculations each time you repeat this. Also, a specific date is much better than an amount of time because the latter keeps it always 6 months or 5 years away.



Fire Up Your Passion


You must be able to engage the powerful, positive feelings that you will have when this affirmation becomes part of your present reality. You should include words in your affirmation that express those feelings so they are active every time you repeat the affirmation.

The specific description of the goal provides the direction for your actions and the passion provides the power to drive you there. You will get where you want to be much faster and easier if you regularly fully engage these feelings.

 “I am overjoyed that my book, Affirmative Prayer, is published by Hay House.” rather than “My book has been published.” 


Next man (nasirkhan)

Coming Attractions

Coming Next

Now that you have three more of the P-guidelines for writing a good affirmation, go back to the affirmations you wrote based on only the first three P’s and see if you can improve them. Notice how different the affirmations can feel when you use all six of these principles.

In the next post we will cover three more of these P-rinciples for a total of 9. You are going to be so good at writing affirmations when we finish this.


Photo Credit Statement: [Bahri Altay, Stuart Miles, iqoncept, & nasirkhan] © 123RF.com
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