** The first guideline is that the affirmation should be stated in the present tense. Start with words like "I am ... " or "I have ... ". You want to be telling your mind that it is taking place now.
** Next, the affirmation should relate that what you want is already accomplished. "I am happy now" is superior to and will work better than "I am becoming happy" or "I will be happy".
** The affirmation should be positive. " I feel safe" works but the affirmation " I am not scared" does the opposite of what you want. It focuses your mind on the word "scared" and increases that feeling. It is as if the word "not" didn't even exist
** The affirmation should be in your style of language. I found the following affirmation on a calendar. "Energy, enthusiasm, and sparkling health are my birthright. I accept these priceless treasures with gratitude, knowing that as I give out energy, more rushes in."
This is a very poetic affirmation and I totally agree with the basic sentiment and philosophy in it. The problem is that I do not speak or think in this way. My mind would have difficulty accepting this affirmation because it just doesn't sound like me. If, however, it is the way you think, by all means use it.
If I wanted to use this affirmation I would change it into my words. "I deserve to have energy, enthusiasm and good health. I accept all of life's gifts. The more energy I use, the more I will have." This is more like the way I speak and think.
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