One of the most frequently asked questions about affirmations is that do they actually work? I am very happy to share my answer, of course, and over the past few months, I have asked 8 other social workers to weigh in, as well.
Their answers were fascinating, and we are going to discuss them.
What are affirmations?
Affirmations are words which are said out loud or written down. They are powerful tools for change, which affirm something to be true.
Affirmations have been used by several religious groups in the form of blessings for ages. However, an affirmation must focus on the positive and it must be believable.
There should also be consistency because it helps develop routines and build momentum.
With consistency, people can form habits that become almost second nature.
I agree with Jim Rohn and believe that without consistent discipline, there is only delusion. Do you agree?
Affirmation Tip 1. Dream it
I asked some social workers what they want from a dream job as part of developing powerful affirmations. They stated those things they want from a dream job.
For example, in describing their dream job, they said:
“I do not want a job where my role will involve working with a manager who is a nightmare, one who micro-manages and ignores the well-being of their workers. I do not want to commute for hours to work every day or be forced to take on cases without support”
The emphasis on the dream job is on the negative side which means that subconsciously, they are failing to recognise that perhaps their affirmations do not work because it is focused on the negatives.
Resetting the mindset to focus on the positives such as “my dream job will involve having a manager who listens and supports their workers” will bring about actions that will attract those positives.
The law of attraction states that like attracts like. It is also a universal principle. It follows the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life.
Hence it is important that when creating affirmations, we make them positive in order to attract positive energy.
Start by intentionally thinking about what you want to attract in your life in the present. For example, “I am healthy, I am strong, I am knowledgeable”
Affirmation Tip 2: Believe it
Affirmations need to be believable or considered possible. Know that you can have it and believe it. This is to ensure that the feeling of internal rejection is avoided. Internal rejection undermines your confidence and makes you doubt your worth.
Using the previous example, a social worker can say “My social work knowledge improves every day, I find resources and opportunities to learn every day, this will improve my marketability in the job market place”.
Your mouth and your heart must fall into alignment. At least, you must believe in your heart that your affirmation can come to pass or is possible, even if it’s not your current reality. It doesn’t have to be factual, but it must be reachable (and believable).
In actual fact, when you say something out loud, it has very little positive power if you do not believe it in your heart. It is important that you are conscious of this. This is because sometimes, it can negatively impact on you and you will feel almost like a con artist. Deep down, you’ll know that what you’re saying isn’t true—and, by definition, an affirmation is a statement that is declared to be true.
Affirm the best that can be accepted as being possible. Also, work on any baggage lurking in the subconscious that may be the root of resistance.
Words alone don’t imprint the subconscious with an idea or a vision; emotions that are triggered by those words do.
Affirmation Tip 3: Achieve it
Achieving it means believing that you already have your dream manifested. It involves generating a positive emotional state.
Imagine how you feel to have achieved your goal. Imagine how you will react. Imagine how your life would be once that goal has been achieved. Imagine how your family will react to the news!
Make your affirmations visible and write them down.
Having a feeling of fear or a sense of unworthiness may creep in and compete with your positivity.
Try and find techniques for overcoming these negative emotions such as journaling. When an individual realises any of the affirmations stated, they begin to feel worthy and that feeling of unworthiness begin to recede.
Do affirmations really work?
Affirmations are like vitamins for the soul. Vitamins are an essential nutrient that the body cannot produce enough of.
Some vitamins are made of low-quality ingredients and others are made of high-quality ingredients. Like vitamins, there are affirmations made of low-quality ingredients.
However, there are also affirmations that include potent, high-quality ingredients.
High quality ingredients for affirmations include characteristics such as being positive, memorable, empowering, personal, inspiring and believable.
Affirmations that focus on the positive, are believable and invoke a strong emotional response, are power packed spiritual vitamins that make the manifestation of a goal nearly effortless.
31 Positive Affirmations for Social Workers
- I am full of energy
- I am overflowing with joy
- I am superior to negative thoughts
- I have unique and special talents
- I have peace
- I am successful
- I learn from my leaders
- I acknowledge my own self – worth
- I am kind
- I am enough
- I am strong
- I am patient
- I have empathy
- I am confident
- I care for the people I support
- I have a purpose to help people
- I am an advocate
- I am compassionate
- I am all I can be
- I build positive relationships
- I have good manners
- I learn from my mistakes
- I am respectful
- I have love in abundance
- I cannot solve every problem
- I contribute to solutions
- I am healthy
- I am a mentor
- There are people and resources to support me perform my work better
- I take care of myself
- I eat healthy
Your energetic vibrations are like radio signals. You must tune your signal to a vibration worthy of receiving it.
Be fearless in enjoying every moment of this journey and have the end in mind.
So, if you want to learn how to create affirmations like a pro, then grab your free affirmations checklist below.