The Power of Affirmations
Just a few months ago I was shown the real magic of affirmations. And who was my brilliant teacher? ~ the one who literally made me want to spread this message to everyone I can?
Well, this remarkable teacher’s name is Ava. And she is three years old. Three and 3/4 if she’s the one telling you. :)
Ava is lucky enough that her parents started doing affirmations with her as soon as she could speak. They are embroidered on beautiful pieces on her walls, but she needs no reminders, as she knows them by heart.
Before naps and bedtime she has a routine when she takes 3 deep breaths, says 3 “Ohms”, and recites her affirmations.
I Am Strong
I Am Brave
I Am Kind
I Am Special
I Am Loved
I Am Beautiful
I Am Magic
I Am Ava
After we had done the routine together a few times, she asked me to make up my own to say after she said hers. Of course I was going to make her happy and join her ~ but I didn’t expect how much it would affect me.
So we sat together and I looked into her little three year old eyes, feeling the joyful responsibility of being a role model, and said my spontaneous affirmations aloud…
I Am Patient
I Am Resourceful
I Am Abundant
I Am Loving
I Am Motivated
I Am Unstoppable
I Am Here To Do Big Things
I Am Jasmine
And as the words came out of my mouth, I FELT different myself, I felt the energy behind the words. I felt the conviction. I felt Convincing move into Knowing. Everything that I said aloud… I quite literally felt its corresponding energy ricochet within me.
Ava went next, and I continued to feel an unbelievably delightful wave of assurance and serenity. And I could see watching her that she truly believed what she was saying too. It was already internalized for her. The effect was almost breathtaking in its simplicity yet overarching positive results.
We’re all taught culturally to speak kindly to others, to support others, and to lift each other up. But we all know that the voice and opinion that matter Far and Away above anyone else’s is Your Own. What you believe about yourself guides every experience you will ever have, whether you can see that clearly or not.
So when I first got this excited about Affirmations I thought I wanted to use them only for young people. But I quickly realized that we all need it!! Everyone!
I also recently saw Tony Robbins executing his Superman pose for an audience and suggesting that people try doing it when they get up in the morning. Simply standing like a superhero holding your body taut and ready for takeoff to go save the day. Taking that powerful stance somehow really does make you feel stronger, more capable, more ready to take on whatever the day holds. In my experience, these verbal affirmations hold similar power.
If you have a young person in your life, I encourage you to make them their own affirmations. I think that it is ideal to create them together, but I also recently made them for a friend’s daughter so of course you can surprise someone with them too.
And to take it one step further, I believe that everyone should make them for their own inner child too. Most of our inner children got hurt at some point in our lives, and for many of us there are remnants of that pain still lingering within us. The more we immerse ourselves in self love and affirmations of our own worth and power, the more self sustaining and powerful we feel.
So try it! Make up a few of them and start to say them aloud every morning. If you want to really dive in, add your superhero stance. And I know it may seem awkward, but try it anyway. It’s like dancing alone. It feels a little silly at first but once you get into it, it feels so freeing. The power of consistent affirmations is surprisingly real.
Just ask little Ava. :)