Learn how to set goal affirmations with these personal productivity tips!
Setting affirmations for goals is the best way to accomplish your goals. Why? Because repeating goal affirmations can help change the limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns that keep you from getting what you want. In other words, setting positive affirmations for goals allows you to be in charge of what you tell yourself. And whether or not you can achieve your goals and live the life of your dreams.
When we tell ourselves something enough times, we believe it is true. The problem is that most of the things we tell ourselves, and thus our ability to achieve our goals, is often done unconsciously. These unconscious thoughts, and negative thought patterns, allow our limiting beliefs to take the driver’s seat and control our lives. And these unconscious thought patterns will continue to be in charge until we consciously put something in its place. Positive goal affirmations can do just that.
So, are you ready to change your life with the power of positive goal affirmations? Scroll down to get started! Or click the link to set SMART goals first.
Why Make Goals Into Positive Affirmations?
If you want to change your life, you must change your habits.
The things we tell ourselves and the words we use are habits. And these thinking, feeling, and emoting habits matter more than most people realize.
Want the good news?
How we think and what we tell ourselves is a habit we can change!
The best way to change the habit of limiting thinking is to start acting “as if” you have already achieved your goals. And the best way to do that–is to make positive affirmations for achieving goals.
Our subconscious thought patterns will continue to let us down if we don’t do the work necessary to change our negative thinking. So, let’s set goal affirmations to accomplish goals and realize our dreams instead.
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Goal Affirmations Can Transform Unconscious Thought Patterns
Stating affirmations for accomplishing goals can help you change the negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs that unconsciously sabotage your efforts to achieve your goals. If you don’t believe you can achieve your goals, it is not likely that you ever will.
When we think our goal is attainable, it is easier to accomplish it. Believing our goal to be obtainable is one of the many reasons it is essential to set SMART goals before working with positive goal-setting affirmations.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
You must believe it to achieve it. When you don’t think you can accomplish a goal, you probably won’t. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, your right.” But fortunately for us, goal affirmations can help transform our beliefs, which is why they work so well!
Changing your beliefs can change your life in the same way that maintaining good habits can, and doing both will put you on the fast track toward achieving your goals and living the dream.
So, make your hopes, wishes, dreams, and goals come true by acting “as if” they have already entered into being with positive goal-setting affirmations, and create a new positive habit that will change your life. Learn how with the step-by-step instructions below.
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How to Set Goal Affirmations
The easiest way to turn goals into affirmations is to take each of your goals and rewrite them “as if” they are valid in the present tense.
The key is to make your affirmation; 1) something you feel good about telling yourself and 2) something you believe you can achieve.
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Setting Affirmations for Goals:
- First, add “I am” to the beginning of the goal affirmation statement.
- Next, add a feeling action word to energize goal-achieving affirmations.
- Last, change affirmations for goals to the present tense to act “as if” and help make your goal feel real–NOW.
4 Rules for Setting Goal Affirmations
The most important points to remember about setting affirmations for achieving or accomplishing goals are:
- Affirmations for goals need to be something you believe you can achieve.
- Goal-achieving affirmations should be something you want to tell yourself or like to hear.
- A positive affirmation goal is written and said aloud in the present tense, “as if” it were real now.
- Goal affirmation statements need to be as specific as possible–vague goal affirmations lead to vague results. Be specific!
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Feeling Action Words You Can Use to Create Goal-Setting Affirmations
Below are a few examples of feeling words to use to energize your goal-setting affirmations or goal-affirmation statements. Use any word or words that help you energize each positive goal affirmation and convey the feelings you need to energize your goals enough to accomplish them.
Feel free to create your own words or use the words that work best for you. The main idea is to repeat a positive affirmation or statement that makes you feel good about the goal itself–and will help you bring it into creation. So, use emotive words that are powerful enough to bring positive energy to your goal affirmations.
Try any of the energizing word suggestions below:
- delighting in
- basking in
- loving the
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Positive Affirmations for Goals: A Few Examples
Following are a few old examples of goal affirmations I created long ago when I first wrote this post on February 20, 2014. I shared them to illustrate how I used this technique to transform my BIG overarching goals into a goal affirmation statement.
But, please, make your goal affirmations as specific as possible–mine are purposely vague. Write as many positive affirmations or statements as you want for each goal. And remember, it is crucial to be as focused, clear, and detailed as possible. Vague goal affirmations will lead to ambiguous results.
It’s also good to break down larger goals with several steps into separate goal affirmations. In other words, create a goal affirmation for each interim goal or subcategory to increase efficacy.
Goal 1: Get Organized and Release Clutter
One of my goals is to get organized and release clutter.
When I add “I am” to the beginning of this goal, it becomes: “I am getting organized and releasing clutter.”
Next, I added the feeling action word “happily” and changed the tense to sound right. For example, “I am happily getting organized and releasing clutter.”
Yes. This positive goal affirmation feels good, and most importantly–I believe it! What’s not to be happy about when you get rid of clutter and get organized?
Now I know I am going to achieve this goal. Believing that I can accomplish a goal is one of the many reasons that setting goal affirmations works so well.
Update 2016: I officially live a clutter-free lifestyle and find it easy to maintain because my whole family uses the power of rhythm!
Goal 2: Get Outside and Connect
Another goal I have is to get outside to connect every day.
When I add the word “gratefully” to this goal and change the tense, it becomes a lovely positive goal-setting affirmation.
It now reads, “I am gratefully getting outside and connecting.” I like it, but it’s not perfect, and I want to add a little more to energize it further.
When I get outside, I like to connect with nature, myself, anyone I’m with, and with spirit, the universe, or God, so I want to include that in my affirmation.
“I am gratefully getting outside and connecting with everything that matters.”
That’s much better. The phrase connecting with everything that matters can represent all those things. And I know I will feel grateful to go outside every day so that this affirmation will work for me.
Update 2015: I get outside every day, and I love it! Our family dog makes a fantastic accountability partner and gives me the solitude I crave when this INFJ needs to be alone. I have accomplished this goal and will continue to crush it for the rest of my life!
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Goal 3: Build and Grow My Business
My last primary goal is to “build and grow my business.”
Let’s change this final goal into a positive affirmation. “I am easily building and growing my business.“
Next, I want to add something extra to give it more power and make it real now. “I am easily building and growing my business by successfully meeting the short-term and long-term goals I set”
Update 2016: This is still one of my overarching lifetime goals, and I continue to set specific goals with goal affirmations that work like a charm to help me stay focused. My business affirmations help me take the steps I need each quarter and keep me on track to meet each goal I set.
Can you see how setting goal affirmations to accomplish your goals works?
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State Goal Setting Affirmations Daily for Best Results
Turning goals into affirmations can help you manifest your dreams by bringing the power of positive co-creation into play. Acting “as if” something is already present can make it real in the present moment.
Place your positive goal affirmations somewhere you will repeat them daily for maximum effectiveness. For example, I like to write out my positive goal affirmations and stick them on my bathroom mirror, fridge, and computer monitor so I see them and say them every day.
Kick those limiting beliefs and negative thoughts to the curb this year with positive goal affirmations. The more you repeat and believe your goal affirmation, the faster you will achieve your goals. Yes, really!
The power of positive thinking is incredible and always works when you believe what you are telling yourself. So make it real in your mind, and it can become real in your life. Use the printable habit tracking sheet from the Dream Life Tool Kit to make stating your affirmations a daily habit!
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