Affirmations are a popular tool for conscious creators and a great way to change limiting beliefs. But for many, stating traditional “I am…” affirmations simply doesn’t work. If you are one of those people, don’t despair. There are lots of other alternatives to affirmations. You may have more success with some of the following options.
1. “I love…” statements
This is one of my personal favorites and the one I most often teach my clients instead of the traditional “I am” affirmation. Your subconscious mind may argue when you say “I am happy” when you’re not, but it won’t argue when you say “I love feeling happy.” That’s a true statement.
Some more examples:
- I love feeling good.
- I love feeling free.
- I love receiving money.
- I love having fun.
2. “I am open to…” statements
The subconscious mind tends to be resistant to change, even if it is positive. Saying “I am open to…” statements allows your subconscious mind to consider new suggestions.
- I am open to new ideas.
- I am open to a new relationship.
- I am open to more abundance.
- I am open to more joy in my life.
3. “I choose…” statements
Replacing the traditional “I am” with “I choose” helps to still the self-doubt that often accompanies traditional affirmations.
For example, if a person were to say, “I choose to live in a beautiful new home,” this is believable because anyone has the right to make a “choice” and this doesn’t contradict the situation they are now in.
- I choose to have a loving, harmonious relationship.
- I choose to create an income of $5000 a month.
- I choose to be happy, healthy and wealthy.
- I choose to feel calm and confident.
4. “I allow…” statements
Allowing statements helps you to release resistance by creating a possibility and giving yourself permission to have what you desire.
- I allow myself to have more fun.
- I allow myself to have financial abundance and security.
- I allow myself to give and receive love freely.
- I allow myself to have everything I want.
5. “I am becoming…” statements
The subconscious mind tends to rebel when you say you have something you don’t. But it can accept the idea of “becoming” something. The word “becoming” implies a gradual process so it reduces the fear of change.
- I am becoming more abundant every day.
- I am becoming more financially stable (secure, focused, savvy) every day.
- I am becoming healthier every day.
- I am becoming happier every moment.
6. Releasing statements
Affirmations generally focus on future goals that we want to bring into the present, spoken as if we already have it. Since this approach often brings up resistance, why not try releasing what you don’t want instead of placing emphasis on what you seek.
Explore what you would like to let go of and use releasing statements. For example:
- I release my fear of failure.
- I release my fear of judgment.
- I forgive myself for procrastinating.
- I now release my anger.
7. Acknowledgment Statements
Remembering your previous accomplishments is a great way to boost your confidence in your manifesting abilities. When you give yourself a pat on the back for the victories you have already achieved, you raise your vibration and are magnetic to more success. After all, if you have succeeded before you can succeed again, even if the intentions are different this time.
Use statements like:
- I have fulfilled my intentions in the past and am doing it again now.
- Things have always worked out for me in the past and they are working out for me now.
- I have created a good life for myself and it just keeps getting better and better.
- I have accomplished a lot today / this week! I ____________ (think of all the things you intended to accomplish and completed).
Afformations were developed by Noah St. John and are great way to turn an affirmation into a more powerful tool by constructing it into the form of a question. By wording an affirmation in the form of a “why” question, you allow your subconscious mind free reign to find its own answers. When you ask “Why am I rich?” your mind begins to immediately search for an answer to the question! Your empowering questions will begin to form your reality.
A few examples:
- Why did I increase my sales so quickly and easily?
- Why am I so successful?
- Why am I so happy?
- Why am I a money magnet?
Affirmations can be an empowering tool for positive change but like most things, they don’t always work for everyone. Try working with these alternatives to traditional affirmations and use the ones that resonate with you in your daily alignment practice.
Let me know how they work for you by leaving a comment below.