How to Use Affirmations to Overcome Negative Thoughts and Behaviors

Do you use affirmations on a regular basis?  We all have stories that we tell ourselves about why we can’t do something.

These stories keep us stuck and unable to move forward with our goals.  The stories we tell ourselves feed into the limiting beliefs we have about what we can accomplish.

When I find myself engaging in negative self-talk, I identify where I can make changes to my mindset by using present-tense “I am” statements.

When meditating or writing out my intentions to put myself into a positive and goal setting mode, I write positive, present-tense affirmation statements that immediately transform my thinking and attitude about myself.   

So, what are Affirmations in a Nutshell?

Positive statements designed to help you overcome negative or self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors.



Negative thought: It’s too hard to work out and eat right.

Affirmation: Each day I make smart food choices and I crave the energy I feel after a workout.

A study at Northwestern State concluded that people who used affirmations consistently for 2 weeks, at the end of the study, had evidence of higher self-esteem than when they began the study.


Affirmations are most effective when used alongside other strategies, such as visualization and goal setting!


In your journal identify 3 thoughts or behaviors you’d like to change in your own life. 

Then, come up with positive, credible, present tense (“I am”) statements/affirmations that are the opposite of these thoughts.

Repeat your affirmations several times a day, especially when you find yourself slipping into a negative thinking pattern, or engaging in a negative behavior.





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