Positive affirmations are words or group of words that you tell yourself with conviction to improve your outlook in life. They are used to counter or banish negative thoughts you may have about yourself, and to foster a positive mental attitude that boosts confidence and eliminate self-defeating beliefs.

You can use them to reprogram your thought patterns and change the way you think and feel about yourself and circumstances that surround you.

Here are some of the ways that you can apply to develop positive affirmation:

1. Focus on the things you want to create and speak positively about them.

More often than not, it’s the things we don’t like that catch our attention. It’s okay to take notice of these things but you don’t actually need to dwell on them because it can attract negative thoughts.

One simple way that you can apply to help you avoid dwelling on negative things is to develop positive statements that can help you to achieve your objectives.

For example, if you want to lose weight, you don’t have to spend much time thinking how fat you are. You should instead focus on how to shed excess pounds and when you start the process, you should say to yourself “I am feeling lighter everyday.”

2. Make your affirmations personal.

The most effective positive statements are the ones that are done in the first person. Using the words “I am,” “Me,” “My,” or even your first name in positive statements can help to make you attract positive results. A good example for this would be “I am a positive person. I believe in myself and I can make the best of every situation.”

Avoid using the words “I’ll try” because it indicates uncertainty.

3. Write down down your affirmation and stick it to a place where you can see it frequently, like your computer monitor or bathroom mirror.

This can help to remind you that everything is not lost especially when you feel down. Make your positive statement simple and easy to remember and say them to yourself as often as you can. It can help to program your mind to achieve what you believe you can.

4. Visualize yourself achieving your goal.

Visualizing success is an effective way of convincing yourself to stay positive. It can help you to focus more on the things you need to do to materialize what your mind has seen. It also motivates you to practice what you want to achieve.

5. Keep your affirmation in line with your values.

Affirmations are intended to program your subconscious mind to accept your statements as real. They can do great things to your outlook in life and they are personal, but they are not meant to violate your personal values. You can tell yourself who you are, what you want to be, and that you can accomplish what you want to do, but this doesn’t mean that you can lie, cheat, steal or put others down to achieve your goals. It would certainly be against your personal values.

These are some of the ways to develop positive affirmations. Use them to create your own. They can help you to avoid negativity, develop positive habits, and create positive changes in your life.