Affirmations work by reprogramming the mind to have a positive, “can-do” attitude. Most people (kids included) have self doubts about their abilities and this affects their performance. If you don’t really believe you can do something then the chances are you never will. If, however, you change what you are telling yourself, you have a significantly greater chance of success.

A classic example of this was the breaking of the “four minute mile”. For many years it was a common belief that no one would be able to run 1 mile in under four minutes. Then Roger Bannister did it and suddenly what had once been impossible was now possible and many people went on to duplicate his achievement and better it.

Affirmations tap into the power of the mind to achieve what it can believe. By frequently repeating positive phrases describing a desired state or outcome, you are gradually reprogramming your brain to believe that that state is possible and thus to achieve it. For example, having an affirmation such as “I am always cheerful” can help you overcome worry or grumpiness. It is not going to work immediately but if you develop the habit of saying it frequently from the moment you get up in the morning, you will notice a difference¬† in your outlook over time.

Notice that the key is to develop the habit. It has to be done consistently.

My previous post discussed how to write affirmations. If they meet those criteria and are recited frequently and consistently they will replace the negative self-talk and doubts that are adversely affecting you. Started early in life they can help children overcome many of the challenges and doubts they will experience as they grow up.