Affirmation work is a key step towards accepting who we are created to be and what we are creating. They are not a “feel good”, one size fits all statement. Affirmations need to target the inner critic that is active and functioning which is preventing us as artists from paralysis into creative freedom. In this post I will give you the formula for how to create your signature artist affirmations.
What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations are short, concise “I” statements in the present tense that you are working towards believing. They affirm what you desire rather than what you might want to get rid of.
What Do Affirmations Do?
Address Your Worth
Changing the inner critic must come from a place of belief; belief that you are worth more than your inner critic commentary. You must ask yourself “where does my belief in who I am and my worth, come from?” It is your choice, just as it is mine, who you choose to listen to. We often have voices from our past; employment, friends or family of origin, whose messages still are loud and functioning. Remember, you can choose who you listen to out there in the world. If we have a choice in who we have allowed (often unknowingly) to influence our inner critic, we also have a choice who influences our worth. •Belief in your worth is practiced, not automatic. Now that you have the foundation and the tools to create new affirming beliefs, you are ready for the retraining part. •Affirmations contain truths that directly counter our fears or mistaken beliefs. Initially it will be difficult to believe these counter statements. You must remember that you have practiced rehearsing the fears for years so give yourself patience to start implementing the new beliefs.
Dismantle the Lie
What exactly do affirmations do? They address the lie of the inner critic; remember those lies you identified that target your worth and say that you are not enough?
Replace With Truth
Affirmations focus on the good, not the negative. Remember, what we feed grows. Affirmations directly counter and challenge the negative thought or fear which in essence is a lie. And lastly, they build in healthy new thought habits that become the catalyst to greater, long term positive change.
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Start Practicing Your Affirmations
Take a look at the following affirmation examples. These directly correspond to and are the made over critical statements you identified for your inner critic examples.
Reference the critical inner critic statements with the new affirmations. These will become your signature affirmations. The following inner critic affirmations are the direct counter statements to the Inner Critic statements available in the Free workbook, “How to Make Over Your Inner Critic: Recognize Fear & Step Into Confidence”
The Value of Saying Them Out Loud
Taking our signature affirmations and voicing them out loud sends a message to our brain that we are valuing and forging a new path. Saying them out loud becomes a verbal contract between your belief (of your inner worth) and your action. We give literal voice to our affirming thoughts. Labelling diffuses power and enables change.
For them to be effective and transformative, you need to practice them 2-3 times a day.
The Value of Writing Them Out
Writing out your signature affirmations versus just speaking it out makes you 40 percent more likely to believe them.
It is a good idea to write them out and put them in your journal, on a mirror, in your car or anywhere you spend time where you are alone and able to repeat them out loud.
Why is it Important to Practice Affirmations?
You should practice building affirmations daily, weekly, monthly so basically all the time. If we want to rewrite the inner critic, we must create habits. Habits create new patterns and retrain our brain to accept new pathways of belief.
Benefits of Practicing Signature Affirmations
When we start or continue our creative work, we need fuel to start and stay motivated. Affirmations are the key tool that will help us achieve consistency and follow through.
If we practice affirmation building regularly, we set in motion the automatic response when we face situations where our inner critic pops up and tries to sabotage our creativity.
It is important to regularly practice your signature affirmations as they directly dismantle the lies that the inner critic will bring up.
If we do not practice our signature affirmations, we do not build habits and our brain does not accept this new way of thinking. If we don’t master this way of moving into and through our creative space, we will sink back into the inner critic belief system. The inner critic is our natural default when it isn’t thoughtfully and consistently being replaced.
I hope you have enjoyed this post on how to create your signature artist affirmations and are ready to create your own. If you have liked what you have read, please share the love with a comment or a pin. Thank you!
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Blessings from my house to yours,