Do Affirmations Actually Do Anything for You?

So often, people believe that living a life that would truly make them happy is elusive. They believe it is for the lucky, the gifted, the beautiful, the smart or the privileged. 

If they have are having a difficult time in the romance department of their lives, they think there must be something wrong with them and love is probably just not in the cards.

If they have tried and tried to lose weight but can’t seem to do it, they believe THIS is the way their bodies are destined to be.

If they have never had a job that has paid them more then a certain, unsatisfying, amount of money then they believe they will likely always be broke (or broken).

These same people will doubt that super SIMPLE positive statements (aka affirmations!) can have a DRAMATIC effect on their life.

I am talking life altering, I-never-believed-I-could-have-that-level-of-success/happiness/love/-and-now-I have-it kind of changes. 

In a powerful, ground-breaking study in 1985, psychologist Michael F. Scheier discovered the enormous power in positive thinking.

The research proves that positive thinkers are not simply being Pollyannas; they’re problem solvers who try to improve the situation. And if it can’t be altered, they’re also more likely than pessimists to accept that reality and move on.

Physically, they’re more likely to engage in behaviors that help protect against disease and promote recovery from illness. They’re less likely to smoke, drink, and have poor diets, and more likely to exercise, sleep well, and adhere to rehab programs. Pessimists, on the other hand, tend to deny, avoid, and distort the problems they confront, as well as dwell on their negative feelings.

Ok great. You probably already knew that being a little more cheerful was the way to go, but it leads us to the question, “WHAT IF I AM JUST NOT THAT WAY?”

CAN YOU CHANGE?

One thing that has come out of the cognitive psychology research is that these brain circuits or the ways of thinking that make us a little more pessimistic, are highly malleable.

Which means, heck yes, we CAN change. We are not born to be optimistic or pessimistic.

But how? How can we change?

In the video below, I share HOW I started using affirmations many years ago.

I had a big dream to become a professional dancer, but the problem was that I couldn’t go more than 5 minutes without having crippling thoughts of doubt and insecurity.

It affected the way I felt about myself and therefore affected the way I approached EVERY aspect of my life, not just dance.

But in the video, I show you how I CHANGED the way I thought about myself by using affirmations, which in turn led me to the dream job that I never even believed I was capable of.

The process that I share with you in the video is something that I still use today when I am diving into a new project, feeling doubtful or fearful about my talent, intelligence or abilities OR when I want to create something in my life that I don’t yet have proof is possible.

In the video, I give you some really clear and simple steps you can take TODAY to quickly use affirmations to change your state of mind and start building long term confidence. 

Make sure you leave me a comment and tell me if you are going to give it a go.

Love,
Erin

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  1. Liz says:

    Great video Erin!
    Will try that exercise. Ready set Go!
    I AM a succesful entrepreneur with a worldwide business as a Happiness, health and lifestyle business. I am abundant.
    Lots of fears! E.g happiness coach – how silly, how can i make money, hasnt this been done before!!!

    • Shawn Cockrill says:

      I have struggled with confidence for most of my life and have been recently using affirmations to try and help. Example…I am worthy. I am worthy of my own love. I am worthy of the best life has to offer. I will start writing them now like you suggested! Thank you for the video!

  2. Bren Taylor says:

    I’m a 54 year old fitness professional and recently sold my fitness studio. At a great place in life/at an unsettling place in life. Love your videos. Have journaled since the 5th grade. Excited to try this affirmation exercise. Will share my progress. I can do anything!!!

    • Erin says:

      Hi Bren! Wow, congratulations on this new adventure/chapter! Where was your fitness studio? I bet we have a lot in common, aside from the fact that I too have been journaling since a young age:)

  3. Heather@YSP says:

    This is a great video and a great exercise. I wonder how you choose your affirmation. There are several big goals vying for my attention right now (which, hey! maybe that’s the issue too?) so which do I choose? Can I work on more than one at once?

    • Erin says:

      Hi Heather-

      I usually do a little writing before I decide on my affirmations. I write about whatever is bothering me, worrying me or even something that I don’t think is possible. So for example, I am in the midst of creating Shrink Session at-home product and there is A LOT to do. I was stressed the other day, like how the heck is this all going to get done!

      I created the affirmation: It’s all working out. It’s all getting done. Easily + effortlessly.

      I wrote that several times to get myself into that state of mind. It has made a HUGE difference:)

      Hope this helps!

      Love,
      Erin

      • Sarah says:

        Hi Erin,

        I am a brand new follower and I already love you! Great piece of advice here. I will definitely try the affirmations. I have heard of them before even tried a few years ago but never really stick to them long enough to see results. Today you inspired me to give it another try :).

        I am just starting my own biz– being an independent entrepreneur in the field of holistic health/holistic nutrition consulting. I just finished my degree at an awesome school and I have sooo many things to share with the world. One issue I have is: I am so scared of my lack of business skills and how to create a successful practice/business. So I will write tomorrow and find out which affirmations will help me the most.

        Thanks a ton.

        Much love,

        – Sarah.

  4. Sarah says:

    Love it! I have found myself walking into auditions with a fear that I don’t have enough to give or my talents aren’t “as good” or “as valuable” as other peoples. My vision is that I will walk into an audition feeling confident about my performance and what I have to bring to the table, get the jobs I am right for and show casting directors why they should hire me. My new affirmation is “I have wonderful and unique gifts to share with the world.”

    • Erika says:

      I LOVE that one, Sarah. My audition mantra is, “I am hilarious, vulnerable & real. I deserve a place at the table.”

  5. Athena Castiglione says:

    Hey lady Erin!

    Love your words… This video just put me in check!! WOW! Your videos ALWAYS do!! I’m going to revisit this exercise- My positive Affirmation- I want to make a lot of money in my acting and choreographer career… By inspiring and helping people! I’m good enough and I have what it takes. A tip I use is: whenever I start to feel myself talk badly about me, I quickly change it right around to the positive!! I’m doing it a lot more than I ever have. I do feel that it takes practice and it’s all soooo worth it! A lot in my life has changed for the better, I always feel it can be even better and it never hurts to revisit and keep yourself in check;)) thank you so much for being you! You have inspired me in every way!!

    Love,
    Athena Xx

  6. Erin says:

    Thanks Athena:) You inspire me!

  7. LOVE IT ERIN!!! spot on…..using emotion and training your subconscious!! it is a very powerful exercise…..BE well, Jonathan

  8. Lali says:

    Okay! So my desire is to have the body of my dreams! (fit, tight, curvy, and toned)
    To feel light and gorgeous in a slimmer me!

    My negative thought is: “ha! You’ve been trying EVERYTHING (affirmations includes)for 15 years to have a slimmer body! What makes this time any different?”

    And! Now I can’t find a way to counter that negativity πŸ™
    I find myself thinking ‘true’ and then feeling immediately disheartened.
    Any suggestions to reframe this into something positive?

    • Erin says:

      Lali-

      Here are some ideas-

      I am willing to change.
      I am ready to change.
      Change is possible.
      Everyday, I am new person and have the ability to change my course.
      Change is easy.

      What do you think?

      xx
      Erin

  9. Shasha says:

    OK, I want to be able to do what I want, when I want and still make money doing it, even if that be playing on the computer… I want to be my own boss, make my own hours and rules.
    My fear is: Am I skilled & disciplined enough (esp.at 37) to do this & make enough money to pay the bills, save & play? (I seem to have some sort of stigma about money…)
    My New Affirmation: I AM Skilled and disciplined enough to be my own boss; doing what I LOVE. I make enough money with my skills to pay the bills, save, and PLAY!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m so glad I saw this.

  10. Stefanie says:

    Erin – thanks for the affirmation work! I can’t wait to get started. I recently moved across the country only to quit my toxic job one month in and start a new life direction. As a result (while incredibly excited about this new life plan)…

    I fear that my new monthly income will not pay my bills and prevent me from having any extras (such as dance class, yoga class, entertainment with friends).

    My positive affirmation is that my monthly income pays all of the bills and allows me to do things that give me joy and maintain or increase my happiness while exploring this new life.

  11. Iris says:

    I’ve done it! Spent 20 minutes putting out affirmations. I feel great. Thanks so much for this exercise, never thought about doing written affirmations.

    Thanks!

  12. Ranjana says:

    Hi Erin,

    Thanks for this video. I guess I really was in need of it at this time when I’m lacking self-esteem. I spent half an hour writing down what I wanted and affirmations, and this is what I came up with.

    Desire – in the near future, do extremely well in the competitive exam and get that sexy body I always dreamt of.

    Negative belief – I’m not good enough, I can’t do it. I lack perseverance, determination, will power.

    Affirmation – Henceforth, nothing ever is gonna come in between me and my dreams. (“not even you, negative thoughts, I command you obey or get the hell out of here”)

    You rock!

  13. stacey says:

    Desire: I want a wonderful man to share my life with
    Negative belief – current man is not ready to commit/F$#%ing me around
    Affirmation – i am committed to an awesome life so if he doesn’t have the courage to be truthful and take a leap, then someone else will.
    Maybe my affirmation contained a negative so I made another:
    I release all dependency and negative energy to this relationship. Men find me attractive and want to share their time with me.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I love this affirmation! I have the same desire & negative belief as you and was having a hard time writing an affirmation that really summed up what I wanted to say.

  14. David Ryan says:

    They work for me, especially when I pour my heart and soul into them.

  15. Tina says:

    Affirmations – they are something I keep coming back to when I appreciate the wonderful things in my life and also when things are not so wonderful…they help me feel in control of what I’m feeling…:)

    Love your Energy Erin,
    Thank you!

  16. Emily says:

    Thanks so much for this video Erin!! My motivation has been shot and doubts have been creeping into my mind lately since nothing seems to be going my way…I had a rare intestinal problem (that’s now fixed) but caused my stomach to completely stop moving on its own and the meds don’t work very well and am stuck using TPN fluids since I can’t eat very much until my doctor decides what to do next (gastric pacemaker, etc.)…SO I know my affirmation and manifestation might be a bit of a stretch to fix a physical problem, but it can’t hurt to try!

    My desire: for my stomach to work naturally on its own again

    Doubts: that it has been broken for so long that it’ll never work again and I’ll never get better

    Affirmation: I love my body, it loves me, and my stomach works perfectly and harmoniously!

  17. Kasey says:

    Thank you for the great video, Erin!

    Desire: To be a successful entrepreneur who motivates and inspires others to live healthy, happy and whole.

    Fear: Why should people listen to ME? I’m not good enough.

    Affirmation: I am skilled and disciplined enough to be a successful entrepreneur. I motivate and inspire others daily to live healthy, happy & whole.

  18. maggie says:

    I am a 38 year old nurse & I really struggle with using sugar & caffeine to get me through the day-to the point that my health is starting to be effected. I can’t seem to stop though and further I find myself choosing sugary, unhealthy snacks even if there are healthy options right at my fingertips. My first affirmation is…I eat and enjoy many nutrient dense foods everyday. Super excited & have also signed up for your challenge. Thank you!

  19. cheri says:

    thanks for your inspiration! I’ve lost weight many times but never my poochy belly, and then I always gain it back. I’m feeling very stuck and really having a hard time coming up with something positive that would help.

  20. Jo says:

    I am going on an overseas beach holiday in 6 weeks and i have gained a fair bit of weight since stopping smoking 2 years ago, i have another 6 – 8 kilos to lose before i feel totally comfortable with myself and I am determined to be committed to the next 6 weeks so i can wear nice dresses out to dinner and lie on the beach and feel confident

  21. Kelsey says:

    You are so fun!! Love this and so excited for the challenge coming up. I’m brand new to your list and am so happy to have found you.

    PS. Because my work is all about creating new neural pathways through movement, I had to share this (which you may already know) but I believe part of why your affirmation was so successful was yes, because you were putting yourself into a positive state, but also hugely because you then were moving – actually moving – with it! Which then ensured your body was at ease as you wrote that new pattern into your brain! Again, you most likely already know this as it seems a big part of your work, but I just had to say it because I just love that our bodies in movement help our brains rewire with greater ease!! So glad to have another like minded entrepreneur to follow. xoxo

    • Erin says:

      Fabulous Kelsey! I love finding like minded folks and really look forward to checking out what you do! Sounds pretty outstanding! So glad to connect with you! xoxo

  22. Heather says:

    This is way harder than I thought it would be!

  23. Pat says:

    Desire- to have my body fit and toned enough to get off my blood pressure meds
    Fear- yah, right! This is how many times? You have tried every pill, plan, thing out there. What makes you think this will be any different?
    Affirmation- as per your comments to Lali- Every day, I am a new person, and have the ability to change my course. I deserve this.

  24. Claire says:

    I had a c-section with my first baby because he was breech. I am now due on July 18th with number two and my desire is a beautiful natural childbirth with him.

    My fear is that this baby will turn breech as well and prevent me from having a v-bac.

    My affirmation is : My baby is comfortably in the perfect position for a beautiful natural childbirth and I am experiencing the an amazing birth free of complications or fears!

  25. Sandi says:

    Hello Erin,
    I loved your video!!!

    I have been trying to do affirmation for several years now (The Secret). I had amazing things happen for me but there has been a few thing I cannot seem to make happen, one of them is my perfect weight. I am so confused by this maybe you can help me please.

    My desire is to be my perfect weight of 125 petite, slim and feel amazing about my body. My other desire is to have a fast metabolism to help me maintain my perfect weight.

    My negative is that I have spent time every morning and night stating my affirmation but nothing has happened. Along with trying to watch what I eat and working out when I can.

    I am 45 and I have gone back to school to pursue my Nurse Practitioner and I work full time. My days can go pretty fast sometimes. I have seen affirmation work and I am excited to get started with you.

    I would appreciate and be ever so grateful if you could help me reach my perfect weight Erin!
    Also I would grateful for any advice.
    Thank you
    Sandi

  26. Debbie says:

    I lost alot of weight, but then I quit smoking and yes, gained all my weight back. In the meantime menopause kicked in so I am struggling. I still have all my smaller clothes and even hung one up for me to see each day for incentive. I would like, no I am putting it out there that I am wearing those smaller sizes and feeling energetic, and happy.
    Thank you for your great spirit, and help!

  27. Tina Steele says:

    My desire is to have a slim, healthy body. My fear is that I can never have this because I’m inconsistentand my body ccan’t do anything hard anymore. Too much pain in my feet and back. My affirmation started out with I lose weight easily and effortlessly and enjoy moving my body. It evolved to

    EVERYDAY I ENJOY MOVING MY BODY. I EMBRACE WITH JOY MY NATURALLY SLIM HEALTHY BODY. WITH EASE, MOVEMENT CREATES MY SLIM HEALTHY BODY.

    Yea, it’s three, but I think they work together. What do you think?

  28. Jenna says:

    I absolutely love and believe in this. That being said, I still have trouble focusing on the positive. My goal is to become more healthy and more toned (particularly my lower body) so that I am happy and proud of my body. My fear is that my lower body will never look the way I want it to. My affirmation is that I will become healthier, stronger, and more confident.

  29. Lisa says:

    Good Video!

    I have poor eating habits and need to exercise more consistently . I desire to eat healthy food in proper portions and exercise on a regular basis.

    My fear: Years and years of trying to change poor habits will continue and the food cravings will continue to control me. I am afraid that I am not stronger than my cravings and old habits. I fear that this time isn’t the time for change and I will fall into my old ways just like I have always done….

    My Affirmation: I make the right food choices, portions, and exercise and will be transformed in November 2014, living up to my potential.

  30. Jackie Koehler Talamantes says:

    My desire is financial freedom from my ex-husband. I actually NEED the child support to make ends meet. I want to be able to live without that money, and just put it in savings for my girls. I have more debt than I should and I want to be able to pay off the debt and not need his money. My fear is my habit of spending irresponsibly on things I can do without. So here it is: I am mindful of how I spend my money. I am debt free and saving for my future. What do you think?
    Jackie

  31. Jamie says:

    Great video! I am on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. Of course weight is a huge issue, my negative is time and tiredness. Positive: I can get up every morning and workout before work and it takes just as long to make a clean meal as it does to make a processed one!

  32. Shaw says:

    My entire 40 year old life I’ve been the chubby girl with the great sense of humor and big smile! I was the one everyone went to to feel better. I was their instant “pick me up.” Now it’s time for me to focus on me.
    So my fear to overcome is to let the feeling go that taking care of myself isn’t about being “selfish.” It’s about loving me as much as I love others! It is time to take care of ME too!!!

  33. Florence Langowski says:

    Hi Erin! First, thank you for being … you! I live in France but I’m always attracted by US websites (healthy cooking reccipes, handmade crafts…)I’m really happy to find you (on Skinnytaste website) πŸ™‚ (I’m also happy to understand all what you say πŸ˜€ )

    So, I’ve 3 important goals in my life for now. my own business success, weight elimination and to be a mom as soon as possible.

    Today I choose my business success! (because I’m sure that if it’s a success, I’ll be better in my mind and so better in my body and so I’ll be the time to become a mom!)

    I’m a crafter (handmade cards, scrapbooking) and I just started my business of craft classes and handmade creations sells.
    My fears are “will I attract enough people in my classes?, will people love my creations and buy them?, will I stay motivated to do it?, Am I capable doing it well?”.

    My affirmations are : I do it and I stay motivated because I love my work and I will earn enough money to live comfortably with my family!

  34. Kim Smedley says:

    Hello Erin,
    I. loved your video. I am exciter about this challenge. while watching the video I was thinking about my goals, I have many things that I need to work on and was struggling with a positive affirmation. As I was reading through the response thread i stumbled across several people like myself. in short i loved the affirmation that you wrote: I am willing to change I am ready to change….thank you

  35. Loretta says:

    Hi Erin,
    I am new to the group and new to affirmations. My desire is to lose my unwanted weight and to get healthy. My fear is that I won’t stick with it and fail at it like I have done many many times in the past.

    My affirmation is. I am wiling and ready to change and I will not give up. I am worth it.

  36. Laura says:

    1. Desire: I want to be successful with intuitive eating.

    2. Fear: I’m afraid that if I stop counting calories and tracking my food, that I will lose control with food and gain massive weight.

    3. Affirmation: I trust my body to let me know when, what, and how much to eat.

  37. Kimberly says:

    Hi Erin! I enjoyed your affirmation video and the timing of your week long program is perfect as I start back into my routine today of what I call my FBT (Fit Body Transformation) using Yogalosophy, Pilates, Chris Freytag Strength Training instruction, my elliptical, walking, and healthy close-to-clean (life in moderation) eating.

    My DESIRE is to finally lose the extra 40 pounds that I have carried around for the past 5-8 years on my petite 5″2″ frame, trim and tone my nuisance thighs, lower abs (had c-section 16 year ago), and upper arms, regain my strength and flexibility while expanding my stamina and endurance. I used to be a size 8, and now am a 12 and want to reach 120-125 pounds, size 6/8. I want to feel physical capable and great! I want to like what I see when naked in front of the mirror.

    My NEGATIVE DOUBTS are that I am 45 years old, possibly have metabolism slowing and hormonal change issues (perimenopause), have tried things before and not been consistent at them with my busy life homeschooling 3 daughters (oldest heading to Belmont University Music Program this fall), have had to rehab my knees due to overly tight IT bands, and my negative feeling that I am always going to have these dumb heavy thighs that I’m incredibly self-conscious of and have been where my ‘extra’ goes since I was 20 which makes me incredibly self-conscious of wearing shorts or bathing suits, plus my thighs have cellulite, stretch marks, and spider veins. Also I have the dreaded ‘lower ab hang over’ from having a c-section.

    My POSITIVE AFFIRMATION of what I want:
    I am capable of achieving each of my goals. I am focused, determined, and consistent
    I weigh 120 pounds and wear size 6 clothes loosely
    I am strong, lean, flexible and 100% healthy
    I have a loving, encouraging, & supportive family who are willing to eat healthy foods with me (already true)
    With consistent daily steps I am achieving my goals.
    I know that God is on my side and with Him I can do anything I set my heart and mind to.
    I begin each day with study and meditation, light cardio, yoga or pilates, and strength training.
    I make wise choices nutritionally each day
    Just like how I have up drinking soda years ago, I can give up eating sugary junk food when my body craves it
    I drink plenty of water infused with lemon & orange every day to keep my body functioning well
    I remember to take my vitamin supplements each day
    My hormones are in balance and I have a fast burning metabolism
    My healthy natural Young Living essential oil skin firming creme has transformed my skin
    I am an excellent example to my daughters of focus, commitment, exercise and proper nutrition for life
    My sexual libido is back to peak performance and I have a happy husband πŸ˜‰
    I feel great about my body and am not ashamed of it, nor am I ashamed to be seen in shorts
    My body has given birth to three amazing, talented, healthy and beautiful.
    My body is a strong life-giving force that God has used as His instrument. I am proud of my body
    I CAN reach all of my goals and have the body I have wanted for years.

    Thank you Erin! You are lovely!
    xoxo Kimberly in Nashville, TN

  38. Samantha says:

    What I want is to be cast in professional musical theatre productions. My fear, as with many fellow actors, is that I’m not talented enough or worthy to be considered, let alone cast. I also fear I look too young, to big, too this too that for each role. I am afraid the work I have put into my craft is simply not enough. My affirmation became: You are a talented, honest and inspired actress who deserves to be seen, cast and will be given the opportunity to share my gift. You are enough. πŸ™‚

  39. Gilhaus says:

    My desire: To make daily exercise a habit that sticks.
    My negative doubts: I have never been able to make exercise a habit that persists through stress or schedule shifts. This summer, for example, my kids need driving just at the time I usually exercise. It’s always the habit that slips.
    My affirmation: I make daily exercise a priority because I am convinced that it makes me feel healthier and more energetic.

  40. Amy says:

    I want to enjoy working out again. My fear is the gym – I’m embarrassed to show my body at the gym, even to work out! My affirmation: I kill it at the gym and feel amazing. I kill it at the gym and feel amazig. I kill it at the gym and feel amazig!!!!

  41. Ashley says:

    My desire: the be successful at work closing 10 sales a month
    My fear: rejection on the phone and failure
    My affirmation: I’m confident and comfortable on the phone, positive at work and effortlessly close 10 sales each month.

  42. gloria says:

    I want Awakened Yoga to be filled with like minded students excited to practice and happy to pay on line through pay pal’s automatic withdrawal for membership.

    Fear: 1-that their aren’t enough like-minded people in Decatur, Illinois. 2 – That they will be unwilling to sign up for auto withdrawn payment plan

    3 – That a lot of new students will take away my freedom.

    Affirmations: People are waking up every day to the benefits of yoga and would love to practice at Awakened Yoga. The pay pal is easy to use and people will jump on the chance to sign up with it. The more students that frequent Awakened, the easier it becomes to compensate good help so that I can have my freedom too.

  43. Jennifer says:

    I have been struggling to lose weight my entire life. I have lost 50 lbs in the past but I have regained it all back. I will try affirmations to help me get to my goal weight and stay there!

  44. Cori Roffler says:

    Hi Erin,

    Truth … I didn’t stick with the program in June. I am so grateful to have another opportunity! I love all that you offer us (SISIGI, Shrink Session, Magical Manifesters, Soul Stroll). While I have yet to be consistent, it’s great to have these tools available!

    So time to embark on this latest journey …

    DESIRE: To release 60 pounds for good! To end the all or nothing diets. To quiet my judging voice and replace it will a soothing voice of love.

    FEAR: I won’t release the weight, I’ll gain in back and then some. It will be another program I start with gusto and don’t finish.

    AFFIRMATION: Now is the time to regain my health. I make mindful food choices that nourish my body. I move a little each day. I trust myself to take care of me. It is safe to release all this weight now. I make small positive changes each day with ease. Each day brings me a little closer to my goal. Small changes keep me successful. I am inspired and confident to fulfill my desire!

  45. Debbie says:

    I am going to lose 20 pounds by June of 2015 and no more of this up/down, up/down. The fear is having to go through this over and over. I know I can do it….I did it before. I can see myself thin, healthy and happy. I need to trust my inner strength and know I can do it.

  46. Dana says:

    I just put my house on the market 1 week ago. My desire is for my house to sell quickly. My fear is because of the holidays it will not sell right away.
    Mu affirmation is: My house will sell quickly for more than I’m asking before the holidays.

  47. Kim says:

    I am such a yo-yo exerciser and I wish so much that I could stick to an exercise regimen. I was in great shape a couple of years ago and exercising every day, lost about 30 pounds. Now I have gained it back, and I hardly ever exercise. But I remember how good I felt for those couple of years when I was in great shape. I fear, though, that I can’t get back in the groove and I will continue this spiral of no exercise, bad nutrition, and weight gain. So my affirmation is “I am sexy, confident, and vibrant. I love to exercise and make time for it every day.” I really want this to work! Thanks for the program.

  48. angela says:

    Desire is to truly embrace self forgiveness and have healthy beautiful relationships in my life. Fear is that I can’t help defending my ego and staying stuck in “comfort”. Affirmation is
    I’m compassionate to my ego and transformation is fun, easy and full of love.

  49. Michele says:

    Desire: I want to speak and engage with my children with loving tones from a gentle heart.

    Voices in my head: I wasn’t brought up this way. I am just sad and angry in my heart. I am selfish. I have uncommunicated expectations. I don’t think before I speak. I have worked on this for 16 years. I won’t/can’t change.

    Fear/Doubt/Negative belief: I’ll never be able to change.

    Affirmation: I speak and engage with my girls in a heartfelt and loving manner and our home is filled with love, joy and laughter.

    Further flow during writing: I think, breath and pray before I speak. I can do this. My home is a place of rest and comfort, unity and strength. I example not blaming others and take responsibility for my things.

    Well that was exposing:( Press post, don’t press post, press post, don’t press post…. press

  50. angela says:

    omg!!! u are gonna be my sister…like BESTIES!!!!
    my mom used to tell me to this all the time but it was hard for me to focus and i just stopped many times. well i have quite a few negatives or things that make me nervous or fearful. my list will be quite long.
    here’s one:
    im lazy about this last leg of getting myself in shape.
    i am excited and pumped up to run this last leg of getting in shape.

    ttys
    angela

  51. Ashley says:

    Love this video! My desire is to succeed at work by staying on top of things and being proactive. My fear though is that I lack time management skills and get easily distracted. My affirmation is “I will stay focused and I will do my best at work. I will get things done timely by not getting bogged down in the weeds of my responsibility.” I have some personal fears too related to my health/nutrition but I’m not sure if I should tackle multiple things at once. Thoughts?

  52. Jennifer says:

    My dream is to stop struggling with my weight and self esteem, self confidence and just loving myself enough so I don’t worry if other people love me or love me enough. I want to dance and eat well and be full of peace and joy. My secret dream is to write a book. I’ve felt that I don’t have the time, the experience on and on but I know that’s just negative procrastination jargon lol. My positive affirmation is ” I am healthy, happy, at peace with myself and I am loving being a bestselling author ” (It feels silly to say that but at the same time really cool πŸ™‚ I want my book to make people laugh, cry and plant a seed of hope and change in their lives in a lasting way.

  53. Susan says:

    What I want: I want to sew better.
    My fear: I don’t know all the techniques.
    My affirmation: I know how all sewing items are made.

  54. Tracy says:

    Great video… Here is my affirmation πŸ™‚
    I have the strength and willpower to work out each day and make healthy food choices! I love me! πŸ™‚
    Struggling on and off with fitness programs and eating right. Want to make a positive change in my life to be healthy all the time not just sometimes. Not just doing this for myself but for my family also. Keeping up with two little ones takes lots of energy πŸ™‚ looking forward to the challenge! Thanks, Erin!

  55. Cris says:

    Erin,
    Well once again your timing is spot on. I am in the middle of a huge transitional time. After taking care of my grandmother for four and a half years she just passed ( at 94 in no pain and with us singing to her) on. I am moving in with my husband, after being separated for five years come January (financial reasons) and am being faced with packing up my life, looking for work, and rejoining my husband. I have so often been placed in the role the family screw up and being a flake.

    My affirmation:
    I am excited and ready. I dance with the flow of my life. I pack effortlessly. I move joyously. I welcome this change in my life.

    Guess what I have been doing this for two days and it really has helped!

  56. Jeanette says:

    Hi Erin,

    This was such a timely exercise for me. I’m in a yoga teacher training and fighting between a strong desire to become a teacher and fear that I won’t be a good teacher/no one will want to learn from me. With that in mind, I’m going to try out the affirmation:

    I am an inspiration with a lot to give to curious students.

    It’s a blod one, so we’ll see how it goes. Many thanks!

  57. Ginger-vee says:

    I have always had a fear of driving yet I know once I practice I will be so great at it.

    The fear involves accidents and costly car mistakes and my affirmation is:

    Driving comes to me effortlessly. It’s fun going to new destinations by myself, rolling down the stream of life.

    YES, YES + YES

  58. Orla McLaughlin says:

    Hi Erin,
    Great video and advice! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely try this exercise.

  59. leslie r. says:

    My dream is to consistently embody a loving and peaceful energy no matter what the circumstances. I want to feel relaxed, almost a childlike joy and appreciation for my world. The things that have been obstacles for me include family issues, worries, past regrets, and a tendency to be a tightly wound control freak! I am also a counselor, so I have to work on keeping my personal energy safe and loving while being a helper to people who are in some of the worst struggles of their lives.
    The affirmation I came up with is:
    I am loving, peaceful, and easy, inside and out.

  60. Carol says:

    Nicely done video,Erin.
    Here goes—–My desire is to eat healthy foods.
    My fear is that I will continue to eat the sugary sweet foods.
    My affirmation is that eating healthy foods is easy and effortless. I am worthy of eating healthy foods.
    Thanks, Erin!
    On to writing…..

  61. Roselie says:

    Love this video!!
    Even writing this is scary, Currently I am working in the mental health field, while I enjoy helping other I know that thsi isnt the right caree for me. I want to returnt to school and work on a Nutrition degree. Im truly scared of starting over in a new career and starting over in school. I ask myself “what if this is just more debt you are putting yourself into?” (Darn student loans!!!) Return to school to become a Nutritionist is my goal! There for my affirmation is “I am ready for change and am worthy of striving for the career I truly want.”

  62. Anina says:

    Hey Erin
    I have so many desires but the one I chose to focus on in today’s exercise was a desire I have taken a break from for a year due to another goal I wanted to make happen.
    At the end of my meditation session, going back to Uni was on my mind as it’s coming to the end of this year and I suppose the thoughts of what I was going to do next year came in to play. The decision before I went to bed was to take first semester off to get my website off the ground…(I’m doing a Holistic Health Coaching course which ends in Feb) and then hit Uni in the second semester.

    The desire is for me to complete the undergrad degree I’m in the middle of and get my teaching qualification.

    The negative that is forever present when I do take up study is that I am not smart enough.

    Today’s activity saw me starting with:
    I am smart enough to complete my degree and get my teaching qualification

    Then it became:
    I am smart enough to complete my degree and get my teaching qualification easily

    And it ended with

    I am smart enough to get a scholarship, complete my degree and get my teaching qualification easily πŸ˜‰

  63. Holly says:

    Thanks. This is inspiring. Simply putting this out to the great web unknown is scary ~ and ~ as a person who has spent my life caring for others (friends, spouse, children, grandchildren, parents) with very little sense of myself as a unique individual, here is my affirmation: I have a life that is joyful, generous and personally fulfilling.

  64. Stephanie says:

    Very cool exercise. I have a new business and am a Parenting Coach, and it’s really important to me to be able to help parents be their best Parenting selves, and find Happiness in parenting, but I fear that I won’t be able to attract clients. So my new affirmation is- “Attracting clients on all levels is incredibly natural and easy for me.”

  65. Katie says:

    Great exercise Erin – I love affirmations and surround myself with them at work and at home. I will buy a special journal to dedicate to my new affirmation practice as I already have a gratitude diary that I use every day.
    My Desire – to become a mum
    Fear/Doubt – that I’ve left it too late and with fertility issues I may not get there considering my partner has decided he doesn’t want children.
    New Affirmation – I will create, hold and nurture a baby in my womb and give birth to my forever baby and in the process become a mum. I will do so with love, patience and understanding. Accepting that I am a whole woman if the universe has other plans for me.

  66. Beth says:

    Wow. This is really incredible. I have lived 50+ years with low self esteem, believing I’m not worthy. It has manifested in my being overweight due to bad habits and general laziness. I want to change. My fear is that I can’t change, that I’ll fall back into my unhealthy comfort zone.
    I AM worthy. I deserve to be healthy and fit and I have the strength and willpower to change, to make healthy food choices, to exercise each day.

  67. djanira says:

    I have an 18month old daughter that I look after full time. My dream is to earn an income by working a few hours a week in a way that fits in harmoniously with caring my daughter.

    So far the things that I have tried haven’t worked out because they are either unsuccessful at getting paying clients or I haven’t enjoyed the work. My fear is that I will never find anything and become stuck in this failure cycle and feel like a failure.

    My affirmation – I work six hours a week doing work that I love, clients and money flow to me easily and effortlessly.

  68. Tessi says:

    Desire: to align my health, mind & body, without meds… The plan my drs and I have come up with is a gluten free diet & exercise (to start) and then throwing in an entropist and PT

    Doubt: gluten free .. Really?! No bread, pasta, cookies or cake… I won’t make it. I won’t succeed. I’ll give up & give in.

    Affirmation: I commit. I am capable. I feel great. I am strong. I’m ready to feel happy in health.

    Thanks for the friday jump start!!

  69. Nichole Hawkins says:

    I can learn new habits & be healthier & feel good about my body!

  70. Absolutely love this video and all the inspirational comments that follow!
    Desire: Quite my job by November 2015 and go full time in the Health & Fitness industry as a health coach and corporate health consultant.
    Fear: I am not ‘good enough’; I’m not a fitness cover model so I don’t have the PR, I don’t have my masters in this field so I don’t have the ‘credentials’ to be respected and hired by corporations…is this just a pipe dream? How will I be able to replace my sales income in this field?
    Affirmation: I am a highly sought after health coach/corporate health consultant; I am a published author, confidently leading and inspiring people to create the best versions of themselves.

    It’s going to happen! I will succeed!

  71. anna smyth says:

    My affirmation is I am totally capable of losing weight, getting super healthy and staying that way for the rest of my life!!!

  72. Andi says:

    My goal is to have more of a schedule/flow to my life. I have a 6 month old and I find I lose my motivation to keep things up because, well, he’s a baby, and sometimes it’s hard to find consistency. The biggest thing that I feel holds me back is that I’m a night owl. I’m used to working evening shifts and so I still find it hard to be ready for bed before 1 or 2 am. My affirmation is that I am able to get a peaceful nights rest at a decent hour and wake up refreshed and able to conquer whatever challenges my day has in store!

  73. Gabriela says:

    I don’t know what is wrong with me, when ever I start a weight loss plan everything is great. I am dedicated and am totally thrilled. The bad part in all of this is, when I begin to reap the benefits I sabotage myself. I go on eating binges, don’t sleep enough and then hate myself for doing so. I am always physically active, but my fitness instructor says that even though I am able to do all the workouts they’ve planned I’ll never see the results since my caloric intake is much higher. After seeing your video, I’ve come up with this affirmation:

    – I’m ready to change.
    – I’m love myself, so change is good for me.
    – Everything is working with me to get to where I need to be.
    – I’m at peace.

    Love your posts, you’re wonderful. Thank you soooo much.

  74. Allison says:

    Hi Erin –

    I love this! The Universe absolutely will deliver what you need, when you need it – if you are connected to spirit, open, and show up when it gives you the opportunity.

    I just resigned from a ‘good job’ – good pay, insurance, flexibility and, at one point in time, work that excited my spirit. With a new director came a horrible new energy that not only did not inspire me in anyway, turned into a soul-suckingly bad environment. A few weeks back the director threatened me behind closed doors and I resigned on the spot.

    I am a single mother of a 15 yr-old son who did nothing but throw up his hands and proclaim, “Mom, I am SO proud of you!” when I told him.

    I bounce between seeing this as the greatest gift the Universe could give me – I would have never reached the professional heights within that situation that I have the possibility of on my own – and debilitating doubt that it cannot come without struggle if it comes at all, that I don’t have the talent to work as a consultant and the limiting belief that there is only so much work out there in my field and that others are working against me for me to succeed.

    But in the moments of stillness, God whispering in my ear I know that is not true. It is my journey to stay connected to my highest self where the answers flow easily and I not only show up in my highest form with my passion flowing from me, but can share my love with others.

    So…

    I easily create work that ignites my spirit, supports my goals, and creates exactly the life that is perfect for me and my son.

    With insurance πŸ™‚

    Cheers,
    Allison

  75. Stephanie says:

    I just discovered you through Facebook and have signed up for the December 1 launch of shrink session online.

    I’ve been utilizing affirmations for quite some time with wonderful results. It’s time to bring out the proverbial big guns and work on my biggest fear/block. It’s my weight. I weight just over double what I should. It’s scary and daunting and in-my-face every. single. day. I can’t hide it and I’m tired of trying to convince myself that I’m OK with the way I look. I’m NOT OK with it! I want to participate in life 1000% and would love to banish, “Does this cover my fat?” from my world forever!

    My affirmation is: I am worthy and honor my body by making healthful choices, eating in moderation and being active everyday.

  76. Cassandra McNeil says:

    I just filled up four pages in my journal. I could feel tension being released with each affirmation I wrote. This is a great exercise for the mind and the body!

  77. Mary-Ann says:

    Some limiting thoughts I have allowed into me life end now!
    As long as I am still alive and able to move, I will find ways to move with joy and enthusiasm.
    I am a successful entrepreneur and everything that has been given to me will be prosperous and the universe is sending me everything I need and God is putting the right people around me and placing me where I should be. He loves me and has great plans to prosper me.
    My family is happy, healthy and wise. We forgive each other easily and quickly. We use words to inspire and uplift one another.my life is in perfect balance and I am a master!

  78. Kelly says:

    “I have a full private practice that supports me fully and allows me to save.”

    “My body is pain free and thin.”

    “I feel balanced and creative.”

    These all surround the transition I have recently made from becoming a new mom and starting my business back up after maternity leave. I have found, being a mom is hard and I got really big afterwards too. I also lost my income, (willingly) to care for my child. I am embarking on a fresh start and trying to encompass motherhood as well as career and love my new self, while trying to get my body back….lots to do.

  79. Sherrill says:

    I’m 44 years old, and after nearly 20 years in the same city, I’ve just moved hundreds of miles away from family, friends, and fiancΓ© to start a new career in government.

    My fear is that I won’t be able to learn everything I need to know in order to become certified in my new position.

    My affirmation? “I am intelligent, adaptable, and I pick up new skills quickly and easily. I WILL succeed in the training and go on to a long and fulfilling career in the public service!”

  80. Leira says:

    Hi Erin,

    Thanks for this very inspiring video!

    My desire is to get back on the learning track for my studies. I have been working so very intensely on myself the last few months that I haven’t found the strength to study, even thought I am very happy with the subject I study and I am sure, that it’s my life purpose.
    I fear that I will not be able to juggle both my personal development and my studies. That I won’t be able to keep up the good work with learning and accepting myself as is. That my studies will be, if I can go back to learn efficently, a way to not deal with myself, consciously or not.
    Affirmation: I am able to balance between my studies and my personal growth. I am a successful student of psychology and of life. I have all the energy required to achieve my goals, professionally and personally.

    It sounds awesome! Can’t wait for it to sink in!

  81. kate says:

    hi Erin!! great video and so easy to do! looking forward to seeing the results in my amazing blessed life:)
    i want to release 90 pounds and 90% of meds by Dec by 2015!
    fear doubt: my metabolism is broken and i cant seem to lose more than 30lbs no matter what i do:(
    poss affir: i absolutely can release all excess weight body and meds from my body, easily and effortlessly never to come back!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (i know those are your words but i loved them so much i just had to use those too:)
    much health, kate

  82. Batty Royale says:

    My desire is to become pregnant very soon. My fear is that I am too old and not good enough. My new affirmation is this. I am becoming pregnant with possibility and creating family.

  83. My desire is to follow through on the commitments I make. My fear is that I will never be able to do this in a way I feel good about. My affirmation is “I joyfully follow through on the commitments I make to myself and others.”

  84. I love weight easily and effortlessly no matter what I eat.

  85. I LOSE weight (and live/love it) no matter what I eat.

  86. Hope says:

    Goal: Positive Body Image
    Fear: Not being able overcome and change habitual negative thoughts about my body (i.e. I am not skinny, toned, proportional…etc etc….enough).
    Affirmation: My body is beautiful, strong, and powerful. My body is just right for me. I take care of my body by eating healthfully and exercising. I love all parts of my body.

  87. Michelle says:

    Love it! I believe in affirmations. I have not been journaling them, I look forward to reading my journal and seeing my affirmation evolve! I am a National Vice President (to be)!

  88. Teri says:

    Love your video and the way you advise to “stay in the flow” with the affirmation and “let it evolve.” I also, like many comments I’ve read, have several goals/fears vying for my attention currently and I really appreciate your advise to write down whatever is most pressing at the moment. I will sit with this and let you know what I come up with. I will tell you they are mostly career decisions, writing aspirations, and yes, weight and body image issues. Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn from you.

  89. Jane says:

    I will give this a try.

  90. Jackie says:

    Desire: To be a better singer
    Fear: My voice will always be flat
    Afformation:I can sing beautifully

  91. Jackie says:

    Desire:To be a great photographer
    Fear: not having a DSLR will hold me back
    Affirmation : I am a good photographer

  92. Amy B says:

    I too am a dancer and went to Florida School of the Arts, was supposed to be in NY, but sadly got stuck here in Atlanta. But anyway, I also had problems remembering combos too. My business is entertainment and I now have many skills and hoping that the economy stays on the upward climb.

    Of course my fear is that it will be as bad or worse as the last 6 years.

    My business is flourishing more than ever and my life is prosperous with money flowing easily. My health is returning and I feel energetic about life. My furbabies are getting along and harmony flows in my house.

  93. Nanette says:

    My goal: To be debt free
    My fear: it will never happen
    I have terrible self control with money
    I can’t stick to a budget
    Unexpected expenses throw me.

    My affirmations: I am disciplined with my money

  94. Michelle says:

    Hi Erin! Thanks for the great video. I just wrote you a message via your site before I saw this.
    Desire: I want to find a great job which pays well.
    Fear: I will be bored, not like it, and poorly paid.
    Affirmation: I have found an exciting job I love and which pays well.

  95. Courtney A. says:

    What if you’re just not a writer or writing is not your thing? Will it still have such an effect if you, say, repeat it during meditation? Like a mantra? Or is writing really the best way to accomplish this?

  96. Susan says:

    Great video! I have two goals.

    1. I want a stronger, leaner body.
    Fear: My body is stuck being hurt, in pain and peri-menopausal.
    Affirmation: I am healed, strong and lean.

    2. I want to expand my freelance writing to a larger scale.
    Fear: People who are better writers than me have bigger and more opportunities.
    Affirmation: I am a good writer. Inspiring and awesome opportunities come to me.

  97. Tiffany says:

    I love your positive energy! I can feel it radiating through the computer screen. Very inspired to work on this- one of those “I’ll have what she’s having” moments. Thanks!

  98. Sarah says:

    This was so great, Erin. I took the time to write out all my extended affirmations and I found it awesome and surprising how 10 minutes of just writing, not thinking, flew by.

    I have a big speaking gig on the 16th and I want to enjoy the process of putting together and delivering this seminar and look forward to the day.

    Limiting belief: I’d rather stay small, not expand, so that I can enjoy my holiday season without any worries or stress.

    Positive affirmations:
    I love this opportunity for growth.
    Life is amazing.
    I am looking in a participant’s eye and I know exactly why I’m here.
    My holiday season is epic!

    I’m totally sharing your brilliance with people I know and am going to keep this gem of an exercise in my tool box.

    xxx

  99. Dimitra Pilichou says:

    Desire: I want a boyfriend
    Fear: I’ ll never meet anyone i share a strong connection with and who will love me
    Affirmation: I have a boyfriend and I feel so loved and happy with him

  100. Corie says:

    Thank you for the video Erin! Okay here is goes:
    -I am starting a home business and want to be successful enough for it to be my only job.
    -I am afraid I do not have enough time to dedicate to my business to be successful and will always be stuck working a 40 hour full-time job
    -I am successful and mindful and deserve new business every day!

  101. Margaret says:

    I’m so thankful that you have shared this with us!! I want to become a manager in the company that I am in but my fear is that everyone thinks and acts as if I cannot do anything to be a strong manager . I will be a great manager who will make a positive difference in the company!

  102. Linda says:

    I want to get in shape and eat healthier….I need to change my life
    Negative: I do not have the will power or perseverance
    Affirmation: I can do this and I will do this. Nothing is going to come between me and my goals

    I just joined a couple of days ago and I am so impressed with you, Erin….you inspire me.
    Looking forward to a long relationship
    Linda

  103. Becca says:

    Hi Erin! This is amazing!! I have affirmations that I read daily, but I never thought to journal and write them over and over. Thanks for sharing this wth us!! I’ve recently decided to go back to school and change career paths to become a holistic health coach. My fear is I won’t succeed, that I can’t help others when my own life isn’t perfect. But my new affirmation is my coaching brings health and happiness to all I meet. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  104. Diana P says:

    Thank you!!! I loved the positive affirmation podcast you released for the first challenge a while ago. Can we get that again? I don’t remember where it was but it got me outside walking & was fabulous!!
    My fear is that everyone will find,out I am just a big fat fraud.
    My affirmation is ‘I am able I am good I can accomplish anything.
    Thanks!
    πŸ˜€

  105. Patricia says:

    Just what I needed!! Thank you! I have always always been heavy since a kid. I have lost so many times, I lost count. And every single time no matter how healthy I lose the weight, I gain it back. I want to keep it off. I want to feel good, look good. My fear is that I cannot stop eating. My affirmation will be ‘I will eat what my body needs to feel energized and strong.

    Excited!! Thank you!!

  106. Alessandra says:

    Dear Erin, I have just started following you (through Kris Carr).
    I am thrilled about the “discipline” you will share with us.
    Thank you for the truly inspiring video.
    I could not meditate while listening it. But I know I am looking forward
    to starting TOMORROW morning!!!
    Thank you for the Energy you share w us.

  107. Taryn says:

    Hi everyone. I’m new. Here goes…

    Want: I want to be fit, strong and comfortable in my body.
    Fear: I am incapable of sticking to a regular workout program.
    The Switch-up: I love my regular workout program! It gives me a chance to release my stress and frustration daily. I leave every workout feeling amazing…and tingly. Shazam!

    I look forward to learning more in the upcoming program.
    Thank you.

    • Taryn says:

      Follow up post:

      The switch-up morphed to: “I love my daily workouts! It gives me an opportunity to release my daily stresses and frustrations. I always walk out feeling lighter and free. I wouldn’t miss a workout for the world.”

  108. Maggie says:

    Thanks for this challenge, I loved it! I finally feel like I have a realistic affirmation that does not come from a place of fear. I want to have my own business, however, am always looking at the limitations so…I have enough time energy and money to grow my granola business so that I can leave my day job and create financial independence and prosperity. I do this by surrounding myself with supportive positive people who hear me, believe in me and respect me. I will choose to participate in activities and practices that strengthen my body mind and wallet! Thereby fulfilling my 2nd goal of being strong, slim and sexy!

  109. Alessandra says:

    Thank you for sharing such a powerful video reminding us about the power of affirmations. Affirmations are not just a matter of stating; affirmations are deep commitments to our souls. The area in which I lack confidence is about prosperity; my negative thought being I do not deserve abundance of resources. My today’s affirmation is about being ready to receive support from the universe. I deserve abundance of resources to support my life and the life of my beloved ones. Looking forward to working together !

  110. Lee says:

    My goal is to go back to school and get my Associates Degree. My fear is I’m 48 and feel old to do it. My Affirmation is: I learn as fast as a child because the child within me can learn anything that she wants.

    Thank you, I will practice this a couple times a week to help myself with getting my goal accomplished.

  111. Lyz says:

    Thank you Erin SO much for this video!
    I’ve lost the passion I once had for my online business (the to do list just never freaking ends) and really want to focus this summer on getting it back.
    “I love business and it fulfills my every need”

  112. Anna says:

    Hi Erin
    Such a great video …I am a new follower.. Can’t wait to watch more!!
    Also can’t wait to change my life around!…
    I feel like nothing is going the way I planed and can’t seem to find happiness anywhere!… My husband always says that i’m always look for the next best thing to make me happy… And when it comes I am still looking..Can’t seem to find the reason why I am still looking though!!!!
    Affirmation!! It seems powerful .. Can’t wait to give it a try…. First thing is first.. Need to find the problem. How? Help!! Maybe there are way too many wrongs or can’ts or no’s

  113. Courtney says:

    Hi Erin, My goal/wish is to be successful at being a hairdresser. I’ve been out of the game for so long and I’m thinking about going into business for myself. My fear is that I will not be able to get and retain clients and will have to claim bankruptcy. My positive affirmation is “I will be able to obtain and retain clients.

  114. Rachel says:

    I am so excited for this challenge, and to start my affirmations. My desires? to be able to consistently make and sell my artwork, especially jewelry. My fears? My business will fail. My affirmation? My successful business makes me feel secure

  115. Lea says:

    Hi Erin,
    I am a new follower and excited to start these affirmations. I have been successful at most everything I put my mind to, except loosing and keeping the weight off. My desire is to loose my extra weight and keep it off. My fear is that it just is not going to happen. My affirmation is that I deserve to live in a healthy and fit body.

  116. Kathy says:

    Hi Erin,
    I’m so excited about the week to come!
    I am currently in Yoga Teacher Training and my desire is to be an amazing yoga teacher by inspiring all (young and old). My fear is letting go of my ego and accepting my poses. Every time I watch my yoga teachers, their poses are pure perfection and I feel mine are not. How am I going to teach if I can’t get into that perfect headstand?!
    My affirmation– I am confident and content. I breathe it in and let it go.
    Thank you for your support on my journey!

  117. Gail Leddin says:

    Thank you Erin. I have had an abundance of notebooks for years, always with the intention of starting a journal, but I have never lasted more than a day or so, nor have I ever written anything of substance. Today I have written what my biggest block is to receiving, something I have never committed to paper before, and have written for ten minutes an affirmation, which evolved the more I wrote it, to help overcome this block, and feel that I have finally had the courage to admit to myself in writing, what my problem has been. My gratitude to you, and I am looking forward to starting the Say It, Get It, Sweat It Challenge.

  118. Lisa says:

    I desire to be a writer. I desire to write a book to completion. I fear both failing and succeeding at this task. I fear being ridiculed. I fear I am not good enough. Here’s my new affirmation: I an amazing writer with a story that needs to be heard.

  119. Wendy says:

    I am a mom of 6 and someone who has overcome being hit by a car when I was a teen (with dozens of resultant surgeries). I thought I was strong. I thought I was a survivor.

    And then Lyme disease hit our house. 5 of my children and I have Lyme. Chronic Lyme is like nothing I’ve ever encountered. It has ripped through our family causing arthritis, pain, skin problems, mental problems and a host of other ailments. It’s difficult enough to take care of yourself, imagine also taking care of kids who have short term memory problems, who have difficulty walking, who have visual disturbances and then have those kids be mis-diagnosed for years by Doctors who cannot recognize Lyme disease.

    As a writer, I have a lot to say on how to cope with Lyme disease. BUT – I have a fear that if I write about our family’s situation, I will be seen as weak. (Yeah, and what woman ever wants to be seen as weak and frail.) Even though I suffer (and suffer is the correct word here) from Lyme disease, I don’t ever want to be seen as a victim of the disease.

    What I want to do is get over this fear of β€œweak-dom” so that I can produce a document that shares my experiences with Lyme disease and offers resources for people with Lyme.

    My affirmation: Even with Lyme disease, I am still strong. I am still a survivor.

  120. Diane says:

    Erin,

    I am a new follower, I am inspired by your words, I’d never considered a writing meditation, I am starting my first 15 minutes now. Thank you for what you do.
    My desire is to practice my purpose with passion and fulfillment.
    My roadblock is I don’t know what my path is.
    My affirmation is, “My purpose will come to me with clarity and ease.”

  121. Dawn Engler says:

    My thing I want most is to be a paid writer.
    My block is feeling my writing won’t be accepted and I won’t ever get paid to do it!
    My affirmation is my writing is good enough and I am receiving enough compensation to support our wants and needs.

    thanks for the push!

  122. Kim Faucher says:

    Hi Erin. I keep thinking and writing and thinking. 1 I want to be a professional artist. My fear is that I am able to devote the time necessary to doing it full time . Also, I don’t want to let down my current job. If anything, I would like very much to incorporate the two. I currently work as a Job Coach for a 29 year old man with severe Autism. My affirmation is Art Saves. I am capable of and creative enough to imagine and design a job position in the Art field that is right for me that also helps others.
    2. I desire to live the healthiest life possible. I need to put myself as a priority. As a wife, mom, artist, autism advocate, etc… It’s not just a fear but a REALITY that I come in last. I really struggle to exercise for me… I walk the dog or run with the kids but I want to prioritize and care for my body again. From washing my face, wearing makeup, practicing meditation, swimming, dancing… All the things I love… My affirmation for this needs development. The only thing I can think of is: I will find a way

  123. Steef says:

    “I AM GOOD ENOUGH.” This was the first thing I wrote down.
    For as long as I can remember, I felt like not being able to live up to peoples’ expectations. I always thought I was dumb, even when I was 6 (while my teachers gave lovely comments on how I was doing so well… Where did I get this from?), I’ve been bullied about my looks and I’ve never found my ‘thing’. My talent.
    When I finally decided to work towards an independent life (being my own boss), I became sick and now, over 7 years later.. I still live with my parents, work a part-time job for minimum wage and don’t seem to be able to create a age-appropriate future for myself.

    I’ve been trying to be more positive (in a house full of pessimists) and slowly, but surely, I see changes. Positive changes. And nobody is going to take that from me.

    So my affirmation:
    I am good enough.

    My fears:
    What if I’m not?

    My desire:
    To find my ‘talent’; something I can thoroughly enjoy and support myself with.

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  124. Thank you — The affirmations are the perfect addition to many steps I’m taking to prioritize where I put my energies right now. “My health increases every day. I am strong and focused and my mind is sharp. I maintain healthy boundaries. I am safe and at peace. My work brings me joy and increases the improvement in my health.
    Feels great so far!

  125. Lisa says:

    Great video! I just got home from work, an 11 hour day!
    I will definitely try this and get back to you with results. I look forward to your emails! Thank you, Erin!

  126. Cindi says:

    I’m a writer (I convinced myself that a few years ago after publishing a book) BUT these days, I can’t seem to sit my butt down to write! The underlyng fear is “no one cares what I say.” My affirmation began, “I’m a fluent & creative writer easily and effortlessly everyday,” and evolved to: “I am paid well as a fluent and creative writer easily and effortlessly, everyday.” I’m thrilled this is simply a 5 day program offered during a week I can commit to, yay.

  127. Beth says:

    I want to feel vibrantly healthy and happy in my body again. The belief that its too hard to nourish myself well now (I am home full time with my two year old) is in my way. My affirmation is “I choose and prepare healthy, healing foods for myself with joy, ease, grace and gratitude”

  128. My desire is to teach group x classes, but my fear comes from the fact that I hate public speaking/being the center of attention! My positive affirmation is…”I am an inspiring, motivating and confident teacher. I lead people to a healthier life.”

  129. malia says:

    Hi,
    I am a mother of two and am struggling with my body image after two pregnancies. I also want to get moving and be healthier but have a hard time sticking with it. I am really excited to change. I am confident and happy in my body. I stick with things to the end!!

  130. Michele says:

    Ok here I go…

    I turned 40 this year and my confidence is at an all time low. My desire is to be fit and body confident. My fear/belief is that nothing I do will make a difference so my affirmation is “Every day my hard work is paying off. It’s working.”

    I really enjoyed your video Erin and I’m glad Kris pointed me in your direction. πŸ™‚

  131. Keely says:

    Love the permission to close the journal and come back to it when feeling lighter. So often with challenges one feels bound to a particular way of doing an assignment. Just a share…going to marinate on the affirmations now. Thanks Erin!

  132. Bridget says:

    Desire: Hit 199lbs. Breaking out of the 200s is something I’ve wanted for a very long time. I got close at 205 and gained 25 lbs. Reaching this goal would help my health, my self-esteem and my heart.

    Fear: My emotional eating will always sabotage any of the good work I put in. So what’s the point? I’ve been in this head space for the past two years.

    Positive Affirmation: Food cannot sabotage the power that I hold.

    Looking forward to a powerful week and a fuller heart.

    -B

  133. Aleca says:

    OK I’m giving this a try!
    I’d like to get fit and lose the huge unhealthy inner tube of fat around my middle
    I’m afraid that I’m too old and don’t have enough energy to make this happen
    Positive affirmation:
    I have the energy, drive and excitement to whip my body back into shape …and see results before my 50th birthday July 30th!!

  134. Abby says:

    Hi Erin! I love this video! Very inspired! My desire, as a Certified Health Coach, is to teach workshops for busy moms trying to find balance in caring for themselves and feeling fulfilled along with raising healthy and happy children. My fear is public speaking. I kind of grew up in my sister’s shadow, never feeling that what I had to say was worth anything. My affirmation is “I can confidently lead workshops that are inspiring, motivating and that will truly change women’s lives”. Here goes! Let the journey begin…..
    abby xo

  135. Christian says:

    Hello fellow affirmationers. πŸ™‚
    I just quit smoking and am finding that my non-smoking native person is very high strung, irritated, and neurotic…have a hard time finding peace in my skin.

    So, my affirmation is: I am peacefully, joyfully, and vibrantly thriving without nicotine!

    I’m determined to be a non-smoker, AND determined to be sparkly and calm too πŸ™‚

    Heart,
    Christian

    • Lauri says:

      Christian,

      I just wanted to send you a warm hug via this reply! I am not addicted to nicotine, but my husband was. When he finally decided to do something, he figured that he was familiar with 12-step programs and would go that route. I had never attended a nicotine anonymous or any other anonymous meeting in my life and honestly, I was a little afraid of the unknown. I attended that meeting with him every Monday for 9 months (he still attends and here we are 8 years later…free of nicotine). I gained a whole new respect for people addicted to nicotine. It can have such a hold on you and I am so excited and supportive of your most worthy goal. You are amazing and you can totally do this! I’m so proud I just had to send some love.

      πŸ™‚

  136. Lauri says:

    To be a motivational speaker to youth and to adult women.

    My Fear: That I’ll screw up and not keep the audience captivated.

    My Positive Affirmation: I have the courage, strength, and humor to share my message in a positive and loving way.

    Wish me luck!

    • Kobi says:

      I am open to feedback
      I project my voice.
      I am guided by the audience
      I know I’ll make a mistake, This is how i’ll deal with it.
      I am relateable

  137. barbara says:

    I just watched the video and immediately tried the exercise and it felt sΓΈ wonderful!!!i am a dancer too and sometimes struggle with coming up with choreography whenever i have to run the show when the director isnt arnd.i also sometimes feel stuck when teaching and lose confidence Which can easily be spottee.i went from’choreographing and teaching come easily and effortless to me” to ‘i just love choreographing and teaching and they come sΓΈ easily to me’ to ‘teaching and choreographing are piece of cake!’.cant wait to experience the results through all the classes that i need to teach and through the preparation for the show whicj is at the end of the month.thank u:)

  138. Amanda says:

    Hi Erin,

    Beautiful video! I am an ambitious, entrepreneurial, creative person with so many ideas and so many projects I want to bring into the world. At first, I wanted to use these exercises to help me achieve a goal- getting my book published, paying off my student debt before I’m 30, or even getting my butt over to New Zealand (lifelong dream).

    But a recent trip home made me realize that until I go for the goals, I need to be grounded in my self worth. Sometimes I’m afraid that my ambition and drive is a way of staying busy, and avoiding the inner work that needs to be done to truly bring my gifts into the world from a grounded place of love and service.

    So, my fear is that I will never have a good relationship with my family, that I will never feel seen or safe or loved unconditionally around them. My negative belief is that this poor relationship with my family means I am unworthy of love and belonging, that I’m not good enough. My new affirmation: I love and accept myself just as I am. I am enough. I am worthy of love and belonging.

    • Kobi says:

      Is it a poor relationship.. or a challenging one?
      Are my family ribbing me a lack of love .. or a sign they are so freaking comfortable and sure of unconditional love they’ve no filter..

  139. Sandra says:

    My friend described me as a pessimist because I really am – I do not want to disappoint myself, I am afraid to get hurt if I don’t get the things that I want. So, it is better to think negatively. Great! I stumbled upon on this post which really change my perception. Indeed, our mind is very powerful. I am so loving this affirmation, I am more motivated to drop off stones and achieve my desired body.

    • Kobi says:

      How about forgetting disappointing and say:
      I’m gong to give this ago and see if it works
      I am always improving
      I adapt as my desires & needs change
      Well, that was an interesting experiment. How can I use what I learned next time?

  140. Maria says:

    Hi Erin,
    I am a dancer and will be auditioning for ballet companies this year.
    This is my dream job. What can I use and how so that my prospects are favoured.
    I want to be favored. I want to go into a dance audition confident and assured with my performance. i want to be able to impress the directors of the companies that I have the talent and potential to be an asset to the company.
    I know I have incredible gifts talent elevation to share with the world.
    Can you help me.
    God bless Maria
    Reply

  141. Merle says:

    Love both videos and enjoyed the workout to the delight of my girls. You are a marvelous, wonderful person and makes things so effortlessly. I thank God for you, my heart is singing and I am happy. Love you very much.

  142. Merle says:

    My fear
    Financial bankruptcy, not being able to make monthly payments on my many loans.
    Affirmation
    I have more than enough to meet all my obligations. Money flows with ease in my accounts. I can help my siblings to see the light.

    • stace says:

      How about: Where there is a will, there is a way.
      I am hard working and creative thinking.
      I can turn this ship around.
      I’m gonna smash these payments down.

  143. Kevin Decoteau says:

    Hi Erin,
    Kevin here, I am going to use this process as I ride on the bus to the start of the marathon on Monday, I do feel some negative shadows trying to creep into my mind, heck with it, I will do it tonight!

  144. I’m not usually a fan of affirmations. Often, they pump us up with unrealistic expectations, then leave us flat when nothng happens.

    But, combined with your Soul Stroll, affirmations work at their full power, because they are linked to action.

    Thank you, Erin, for making it all so enjoyable – even the hard, sweaty part πŸ™‚

  145. Sheila Lewis says:

    I have never done affirmations before. This is a first! However, I have found them to be encouraging and as I heard myself – I became pumped up and a believer! Who knew????? I enjoy all your video’s and I’m sharing them with my daughter.
    We all have so much on our plates these days and having someone like you, is a blessing! I look forward to more challenges as I just completed the SayitSweatitGetit this week! I am empowered! I just have to keep this going…..BIG challenge !

  146. Karen Cooney says:

    This was such a great exercise this morning.

    My greatest desire for myself is to become in tune with my body, mind and spirit and feed myself in a healthy way to I can feel my very best.

    My fear that stands in my way is I fear being able to connect with people because I feel like I don’t have enough to offer.

    My positive affirmation is:

    “I am in tune with my body, mind and spirit.
    I nourish my body with healthy food, water and physical fitness which provides energy and light.
    I nourish my mind with positive thoughts which creates positive results.
    I nourish my spirit with the Word of God which brings forth inspiration and gratitude.
    I feel in tune with my body, mind and spirit, and connected to the people I love and care about.
    I feel gratitude for the energy, light, love and happiness I create in my life.
    I feel appreciation for all of God’s beautiful creations which bless my life.”

    Thank you for your inspiration. I feel a huge but gentle shift in my body, mind and spirit.

  147. Shelby says:

    Thanks Erin! I’ve been enjoying the soul stroll this past week. I’ve played it while walking or biking, and I also play it while I shower and get ready for my day. I think affirmations are a powerful tool to rewire one’s brain.
    Thank you for making it fun and energizing!

  148. Nora Brown says:

    You have found me at a most vulnerable time in my life; how I found you is a miracle. I could barely lift my feet to “kick myself in the butt”, could not do more than 45 seconds before I had to rest….for half an hour to do more!

    So Erin, I didn’t think I was really ready to go “forward” because my body is so debilitated (candida, cancer, and plenty of other stressors like we all have…..SO i didn’t sign up for a package because of that. too debilitated.

    THEN when I saw that I could not purchase it, I was so sad!!! Talk about confused! But not anymore. Please let me join your club! I believe you are one of the people I must have on my posse to heal myself. and at 69 years old, I need some smart peeps!

    Which is whatyou are have brought to me: someone who can talk to me and inspire me. God bless you, dear Erin.

  149. Sonya says:

    My best friend recommended this to me after a difficult year. I had never done affirmations before and wasn’t sure whether I would like. To my surprise I found it empowering and fun. I now listen to Soul Stroll affirmations everyday as I walk to work with a smile on my face.

    Thank you Erin for the positive affirmations.

  150. Joy says:

    I’ve create high-end, custom copy for kick ass brands elevating humanity and I LOVE what I do for work. But…I got an awesome opportunity to teach my detailed process to boot-strapping brands who can’t afford my high fees. Despite the fact that every one of my clients raves about the high ROI on their investment in me, I get all weird about hitting my enrollment goal about this course! So…I followed your advice and switched the thought “I won’t fill the course because people think they won’t get enough value from me.” and transformed it into “People get TONS of value from me and find my fees to be worth every penny!” It automatically started resonating with me and I felt energized. My phone vibrated and lo and behold, there were two more registrants for the course. This shit really works! Thank you Erin. Rock on with your inspiring, beautiful self and know there is one thankful momma over here listing you in my daily gratitude!

  151. Deepthi Jayaprakash says:

    This is empowering.. Thank you Erin!

    I feel peaceful and happy with the way my life is unfolding.

  152. Shelley says:

    Erin,
    Thanks so much for your video!
    I had a lot of fun using the Soul Stroll you sent the other day. I practice tai chi so I did faster tai chi-like movements to the affirmations.
    And I just did the 10 minutes of journaling. That was inspiring!
    My fear of being nervous talking to a group and being embarrassed when I forget what to say. My affirmation is I communicate confidently, clearly and smoothly, sharing valuable knowledge in a creative, enthusiastic, fun way.

  153. eva herz says:

    My fear is that people are critical, and judge me. I realize that I am not confident, or beautiful, or have a perfect body.

    When I walk into a room, I feel great knowing that my emotions shine from the insidse out. I realize that I am beautiful inside and out. And a lot of fun to be with. And when people get to know me, they will see that too!