Affirmation Writing for Success (Part 1/2)

affirmation writing for success

Affirmation Writing for Success

(Part one)

The affirmation process is a style of goal setting that increases your chances of bringing about the desired results or changes you want. The goal, for example is to be more effective under pressure and an affirmation is how that goal is written out so that it makes a take on the sub conscious and thereby becomes a part of our self image.

Everybody uses the affirmation process but most do not use it deliberately. An affirmation is a one sentence statement of a belief or goal written in a first person present tense style. If you say ,’ I don’t have a good memory for names that is an affirmation, a statement of belief . Conversely if you say “I have an excellent memory for names” that too is an affirmation. You can’t not affirm. If you say “I don’t use affirmations” that is an affirmation not to use affirmations!

Really the affirmation process is visualising yourself into the new behaviour or performance level and making you discontent with your current reality.

Initially you need to decide the problem, challenge or area for improvement and ask yourself how is this impacting on me and how do you feel about it. For example, ‘I can’t control my weight and this is impacting on my personal life and makes me feel stressed out.’

Next, what would it look like if you didn’t have the problem, what would be the impact and how would you feel.’”I feel terrific at my new body weight and this is having a positive impact on my confidence and makes feel in control of my life.”

There are a number of guidelines for writing out affirmations

1. Personal.
Your affirmations might seem a little self centred if someone was to read them because they would read, “It’s easy for me…”,”It’s thrilling when I …” . You can only affirm for yourself so affirmations to have impact must be in the first person.

2. Present tense.
When is the best time to achieve your goal? Now. So write out the goal in the present tense. “I am consistently performing at A Grade levels”. Get rid of ‘I will…I can…” it is not motivating and gives you a way out.

3. Positive.
We move in the direction of our thoughts. What picture do you get from this, “ I no longer laze around the house.” It only reminds you of your problem. Focus on the new behaviour, ”I have boundless energy. I am a very active person.”

4. Accuracy.
How motivating is this, “This will be a good year for me,” My life will be better.” It is too vague. Besides people you have vague goals have an in built escape strategy and no way of monitoring your progress. If you weigh 90kg and want to weigh 80kg then be specific.

Some sample affirmations sports people have used ,

“I have a positive expectancy of being successful and take every setback as temporary”

“I enjoy the pressure that comes from opening the batting.”

“I am an excellent on field leader who leads by example.”

‘If it is to be it’s up to me.”

“I am fully accountable for my own development and success.”

“I welcome feedback on my performance.”

There is a lot more to the process however these guidelines are a good start. In Part Two, I will discuss the crucial process of visualising your affirmations for success. Step One for you is simple, ”Where do I need to change , grow or develop to take it to the next level.”

Steven Ball specialises in affirmation writing for success and has worked with leading sports organisations and large businesses across the world for over 25 years. You can check out his website at

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