How to Write Affirmations for Manifestation

Affirmations are a powerful manifestation method, as they work right where the manifestation magic happens; on your subconscious mind. When you use positive affirmations, it’s like telling your subconscious a positive statement about yourself.

The more often you do this, the more your subconscious starts to believe this new story about your life. 

So it’s a great way to reprogram your subconscious and attract more abundance.

You can use guided affirmations for this or write your own personalized affirmations. Whatever you choose, we will cover everything you need to know about manifestation affirmations in this guide about this powerful manifestation method.

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To Write affirmations that work, you need to follow a few simple steps.

  1. State them in the present tense.
  2. Formulate them in a positive way.
  3. Use “I am” to make them more powerful.

Also, to write powerful affirmations for manifestation, remember that they need to trigger the right emotions.

Telling yourself something that you can’t believe or an affirmation that just doesn’t trigger enough positive emotions will just not work.

Are you ready to learn how to create powerful affirmations to manifest your dreams? Then read on to get a step-by-step guide on how to write affirmations or use guided affirmations in your daily manifestation routine…

What is a Positive Affirmation

Let’s get started with what manifestation affirmations are. Who invented affirmations?

An affirmation is an affirmative statement, telling your subconscious mind “how something should be.” And because you are stating it in the present instead of the future tense, you are really telling it “how it is.”

It’s hard to tell who invented them, but it’s believed that they go back thousands of years since Hindus and Buddhists used mantras in their meditations, which is kind of an affirmation.

In the Western world, the first recorded use of affirmations was in France by Rene Descartes, a philosopher who lived in the 17th century. Later, in the early 20th century, the French pharmacist and psychologist Emile Coue started to use them in his practice when he noticed that medication worked much better when he told his patient how effective they were.

But you see, positive affirmations have been used for a long time and are still popular today, especially in the manifestation community.

It’s a powerful tool to reprogram your subconscious mind, also known as “act as if.”

The great thing is that your subconscious mind will not be able to tell the difference between real life and something you just made up. And that’s what makes affirmations so powerful to use in the manifestation process.

Positive affirmations are an amazing way of reprogramming your subconscious mind and helping you to change your beliefs on a subliminal level. That’s important because the subconscious mind overrules all consciously made decisions.

It’s filtering out what part of the world you see. And whatnot. That’s why two people at the same time in the same place can have entirely different experiences.

So having your subconscious leading you in the direction of your dream life is key when manifesting. That said, it’s important to understand that affirmations are NOT manifestations.

That’s a misconception I often hear about the different manifestation methods. But they are just tools to assist you in the manifestation process. That’s why I wrote this post here: Affirmations vs. Manifestation, to give you more insights on the difference.

But let’s now dig deeper into why affirmations work so well when you want to manifest your big dream.

How Affirmations Work and How They Help With Manifestation

So how do manifestation affirmations work? Let’s have a more in-depth look at ‌how to reprogram the subconscious mind with affirmations.

I get often asked: ‌can affirmations rewire your brain, and can you manifest money, love, health, etc., by simply using powerful affirmations?

For this, you must understand that manifestation is based on the Law of Attraction, in other words, programming your subconscious to be vibrationally aligned with your desires.

And that is exactly what affirmations do.

Your whole life and every aspect of it is designed to fit the programming of your belief system.

To understand this, let’s take money manifestation as an example.

If you feel poor, and your belief is that it’s not possible for you to become rich in your current situation, then this is a fact for your subconscious mind, and it does everything it can to prove this point.

So as long as your subconscious belief about money is so negative, you’ll have a very hard time manifesting money, especially the large sums so many are after.

Your subconscious lets you experience all the possible evidence in your life to prove exactly this. It will keep you poor.

It’s not magically generating things and circumstances. It is just selectively deciding what information it’s filtering out and what things and circumstances it lets you experience.

The thing is this: YOU do the programming of these filters.

The good thing is that your subconscious mind believes everything that you will tell it. That means you can change its program and adapt it to your needs.

Btw. I found the MOST powerful way for this reprogramming and teach it here in my FREE 5-Day Manifestation Course.

But let’s get back to how affirmations can help you manifest...

The way you can reprogram your subconscious is exactly how you have built up any negative belief in the first place. And most limiting beliefs we acquire at a very young age.

Someone else (maybe your parents, teachers, or someone else you have looked up to) has told you “his” reality of things, and you have seen it as “the truth” and stored it that way in your subconscious mind.

Or something didn’t work the way it should, maybe 2-3 times in a row, and you stored this as a “given fact” in your subconscious.

Good news, you can change this back.

It’s hard to forget a negative belief just like that, but you can easily reformulate these negative beliefs into something positive and make them a new “truth” and believe it.

Because the subconscious loves repetition and is very receptive to words. This means that if you repeatedly write down positive affirmations, speak them out loud, or even listen to them, as with guided affirmations (click here, and I’ll send you my favorite session for free) – you can tell a subconscious a new story.

And now that you understand affirmations’ effectiveness, you see why they are a very powerful tool in manifestation; to guide your thinking and your life in the right direction, in the direction YOU choose.

Positive affirmations show your subconscious mind what you want and where you want to go.

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Benefits of Using Positive Affirmations Daily

But before I show you how to create your own affirmative statements, let’s have a quick look at what positive affirmations can otherwise do for you.

Affirmations have many great benefits besides the strong effect on your subconscious mind. Here is a quick overview of them.

They help you to break through your negative thought patterns

If you often struggle with negative thoughts, you should try positive affirmations. Because positive thoughts can be trained. And affirmations are the perfect tool for this.

They help you to focus on your goals

Writing affirmations daily can help you keep your goals in front of you every day. And this is key to achieving them. Affirmations are ideal for this because you tell yourself every day how you have already reached your goal.

They change your language patterns

As an NLP coach, this is an important topic and something I often use in my manifestation teachings because the language we use (verbally and also mentally) is crucial.

The more positively you speak (to others or yourself), the more positive things you attract.

They can help you overcome limiting beliefs

One of the best strategies to overcome limiting beliefs is to re-formulate your beliefs statements and then start to use them to give your subconscious a “new story” to believe in. So yes, that’s exactly what you do when you write powerful affirmations.

They help you with the “act as if” part of the manifestation process

An affirmation is designed to express things you want to achieve in the present tense. Basically, an affirmation is a description of what we know as “acting as if.”

And “acting as if” is a manifesting technique you need to implement when you want to make the Law of Attraction work.

In my manifestation book, “Become the CEO of Your Dream Life,” I go even further and show you how to create your own inner manifestation coach.

It is then no longer just a matter of pretending but rather living like the person who has already reached your goal.

Want to learn more? Get the first chapter for free here.

But let’s move on now and find out how you choose the right manifestation affirmations for you…

How to Create Affirmations That Work (For You)

So I guess your big question (and the reason you came to this affirmations post in the first place), is how do I create my own manifestation affirmations?

Typically, affirmations should follow these rules, also called the 3 P’s of affirmations (present tense, personal, and positive. )

● Affirmations are stated in the present tense.
● Affirmations begin with “I am.”
● Affirmations are stated in a positive way.

And when you want to bring your affirmations to the next level, you should also include the following rules:

● Make them very specific, but try to keep them short.
● Include an action word ending with -ing.
● Include words that trigger positive emotions.

Work With Emotional Triggers

It’s important to understand that Affirmations need to trigger the right emotions.

Telling yourself something that you can’t believe or words that don’t trigger a truly good feeling will just not work.

The universal laws (like the law of attraction) we leverage in the manifestation process are based on emotions and emotional vibrations. Like attracts like.

So only when your affirmation triggers the emotional state that is aligned with your desire will it truly work for you.

Reasons Why Affirmations May Don’t Work For You (And How to Change That)

When I started using affirmations, I had a very hard time making them work in the beginning. And my big question was; what should I do if I don’t believe my manifestation affirmations?

The thing is, my affirmations finally started to work when I began affirming things that I really could believe in.

Because only with that belief they triggered the right emotions.

So I changed my approach. From something which felt like I was lying to myself to finding balance in formulating my statements somewhere between “current reality” and my “perfectly fulfilled life.”

I still clearly focused on my desired endpoint. But I started from the situation I actually experienced at the moment.

You might ask how you can work that way with affirmations and still gain the benefit of reprograming your subconscious and changing your belief system.

The trick is that you are constantly increasing this level; the closer you come to your goal, the easier it gets.

What I did was change the wording of my affirmations, like in the following examples.

From a weak and hard-to-believe statement:

  • I have a sexy body

To a strong and easier-to-believe:

  • I am working on my dream body now. I’m so grateful for my body and that I still have some potential to make it stronger, fitter, sexier… I have a plan of how to change things and improve, and I will do whatever it takes.

Or from:

  • I am rich


  • I am developing and changing my life right now! I am collecting the tools I need, the helpful people I need, and the motivation I need to be a Millionaire. It feels great to change and to attract abundance.

Or from:

  • I have my dream partner


  • I am single now, and I am happy and grateful for the time I have for myself. I enjoy my single life because now that my dream partner has shown up in my life, I can experience the wonderful feeling of falling in love.

 This worked very well for me, so I started to teach this way of creating affirmations to the awesome people I worked with. With great success.

How to Use Daily Affirmations in Your Manifestation Routine

Now you might ask, how can I incorporate manifestation affirmations into my daily routine? So let’s quickly cover that topic too.

You can use affirmations in different stages of the manifesting process.

You can stick your affirmative statements on your vision board, write affirmation statements into your journal, record yourself and listen to your affirmations, or simply say them out loud.

And, of course, you can use the guided affirmation session, I offer you as a gift today, if you sign up for my email community.

Then there are these “rituals” that became so popular on social media, like on TikTok, where you write your affirmations for 3×33, 5×55, or whatever random number people come up with…

I’m not a big fan of it, and if you want to know why > read here: why the 55×5 manifesting formula may be a waste of time.

But at the end of the day, manifestation is a very individual process. And it’s all about emotions. So you should choose the manifestation methods you feel best about it, and it’s always good to test a few things out.

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Using affirmations in your manifestation process is not hard…

To manifest successfully, you first need a clear goal. You need to know where you want to be in life; this directs you where you have to go.

Proper goals are the fuel that triggers your motivation and makes you take action toward all your dreams.

Then you come up with positive, strong, and honest descriptions of your situation and create your affirmation statements from there.

Of course, you can tell yourself that you already “be there…” “have this…” or “look like…” but remember: you need to be able to believe this and trust in your own words.

Otherwise, they will be worth nothing and most likely filtered out by your subconscious mind before they will have any impact on your life.

It’s not the word that impacts your subconscious; it’s the emotion the word triggers!

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To make this more powerful, it’s a great idea to read your affirmations out loud. Daily. And best even several times a day. I suggest making yourself time every day for your manifestation routine.

Stop just “hoping that your life changes” – make it happen. You deserve this! (If you want help with this, join us in the free manifestation course)

Use your affirmation as often as you can during your day. And then, you react to the signs your subconscious will give you by taking inspired actions.

Affirmations Examples

What is the most powerful affirmation? Well, that’s easy to answer:

It’s the affirmation that triggers the strongest positive emotion in you!

An affirmation that will make you want to get up and take action.

An affirmation that will give you that feeling of being unstoppable.

So I can’t tell you what are good daily affirmations for YOU because this depends on your personality. The types of affirmations that trigger the right vibrational alignment with your desires are the type of affirmations you should look for.

That’s why I love sharing affirmations with my dear audience on my social media accounts or on my YouTube channel, where you can find new guided affirmations sessions every week.

And if you wonder, can manifestation affirmations be used for any desire? The answer is: Yes!

Here is a list of affirmations for different areas of your life:

Love Affirmations

Here are a few affirmations to attract love:

  1. I am worthy of love and capable of giving and receiving it in abundance.
  2. Love flows effortlessly and freely into my life, and I am grateful for all the love that surrounds me.
  3. My heart is open to giving and receiving love, and I attract positive and loving relationships into my life.

Affirmations for Health

Can I use manifestation affirmations for physical healing? Of course, here are some powerful affirmations to manifest better health:

  1. My body is strong and healthy, and I treat it with love and care.
  2. Every day, in every way, I am getting healthier and stronger.
  3. I choose to nourish my body with healthy food and habits that support my overall well-being.

Affirmations to Attract Money

Can manifestation affirmations help with manifesting money and financial abundance? Sure, here are a few money affirmations:

  1. Abundance flows into my life effortlessly and easily, and I am grateful for all the financial blessings that come my way.
  2. I am worthy of wealth and financial success, and I attract opportunities for prosperity into my life.
  3. I am in control of my finances and make wise decisions that bring me closer to my financial goals.

Affirmations for Joy & Happiness

Here are a few affirmations to attract more joy and happiness:

  1. I choose to focus on the positive and find joy in every moment.
  2. Happiness is my birthright, and I am worthy of experiencing it in all aspects of my life.
  3. I am surrounded by love, joy, and positivity, and I am grateful for all the blessings that bring happiness into my life.

Affirmation for Self-Love

Here are some self-love affirmations:

  1. I love and accept myself exactly as I am, and I am worthy of all the good things life has to offer.
  2. I treat myself with kindness, compassion, and respect, and I prioritize my well-being above all else.
  3. My self-love is a powerful force that radiates outward and attracts positive experiences and people into my life.

Want more self-love affirmation examples? Get here 50 positive affirmations for self-love that help you manifest faster.

These are, of course, only a few examples. You can really create affirmations for every area of your life; here some more ideas:

  • Affirmations to lose weight.
  • Affirmations to start the day.
  • Affirmations to let go
  • Positive affirmations for success
  • Affirmations for work
  • Affirmation to win the lottery.
  • Affirmation for kids
  • Affirmation for anxiety
  • And so on…

    Do you want more affirmation examples? Check out this post here: 101 Positive Affirmations for Every Area of Your Life.

Affirmations FAQ: More Affirmations Tips & Questions about Positive Affirmation

In my manifestation community, I do regular Q&A sessions, and here I have picked the most frequently asked questions about affirmations for you:

Now, one of the questions you might have is, is there scientific proof that affirmations work?

The effectiveness of affirmations is a topic of ongoing research. One study published in the journal Psychological Science found that participants who practiced self-affirmation exercises experienced less stress and performed better on cognitive tasks than those who did not. Other studies have suggested that affirmations can increase self-esteem and confidence and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

However, it’s important to note that the scientific evidence on affirmations is not conclusive, and more research is needed to fully understand their potential benefits and limitations. Some experts caution that affirmations may not be effective for everyone and that they should be used in combination with other approaches, such as therapy or mindfulness meditation.

In summary, while there is some scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of affirmations, You should not rely solely on affirmations to reprogram your subconscious and manifest your dreams, as I explained above.

Yes, anyone can use manifestation affirmations. They are just positive statements that can help you focus on your goals, desires, and intentions and are meant to encourage a positive mindset and attract desired outcomes. People of all backgrounds and beliefs can use them to reinforce their intentions and manifest their desires.

It’s difficult to give you a clear answer on how long affirmations take to work. This really depends on many factors, such as:

  • How big is the goal you want to achieve? 
  • How often do you practice your affirmations? 
  • How deep-rooted are your limiting beliefs? 
  • Do you have other abundance blocks that stand in your way?

To make affirmations work faster, you should practice your positive affirmation daily or even more than once a day. But you also need to understand that manifestation is a holistic process; positive affirmations are only a tool to support this process.

I know that many tell their coaching clients or readers to keep affirmations as short as possible. But I do not really agree with this. Here is why:

The best affirmations are the ones that trigger the right emotions in you because that’s what your subconscious will react to.

Short affirmations work well because they are easy to repeat, which is helpful when you want to write them down multiple times. But if the words, for example, “I am a money magnet,” don’t trigger you on an emotional level, this affirmative statement is useless.

You might be much better off using a longer affirmation like “I enjoy abundance in every area of my life. I’m free to do what I love because of the financial freedom I’m experiencing.” because it triggers the positive emotions that help you truly transform.

There is no strict rule for how often you should repeat manifestation affirmations, as it can vary depending on personal preference and individual needs. However, repeating affirmations often is helpful. You might want to use them daily or even multiple times a day.

The reason for this is that our subconscious mind loves repetition. And that makes positive affirmations so powerful as a manifestation method.

You can use affirmations for someone else, but only to change your feelings.

I am also often asked if it’s possible to manifest for someone else, and the answer is basically the same, you cannot manifest against the will of someone else.

That means if you use affirmations that affect someone else, it is purely to change your feeling towards that person or his/her situation. If this person disagrees with the affirmations, it will not change that other person.

Positive affirmations can certainly have a strong impact on what you feel and how you behave. And yes, this can be life-changing for many people.

But only YOU can change your life. And affirmations are just a tool that you can use to do so.

When you begin your affirmative statements with “I am,” you are putting yourself directly in the center of it. And not only that, you state your affirmation in the present tense, as if it would happen right now.

This can trigger a very positive emotional response. This kind of affirmation, where you use “I am” at the beginning, can be more personal and trigger your subconscious. 

If you try to use affirmations and do not believe in them, you will fail.

So the affirmation would only work on the conscious, but not on your subconscious level. You would hear the words, but you would not create any effect on your subconscious mind.

The key here is to trigger positive emotions, and that’s just not possible when something makes you feel unease (what you probably will when you tell yourself a lie over and over again).

It’s ok if it feels a bit “fake” when you get started, but if it makes you feel bad about yourself, that’s definitely not where you want to be.

So try to get closer to your current state when you feel that an affirmation is far over the top.

The affirmation itself certainly does not make you rich. So you can’t just say, “I am rich,” and wake up as a millionaire the next day. (That’s not how manifestation works)

That said… Affirmations can change your subconscious mind so that you become, for example, better at your job and earn more money. So yes, affirmations can help you become rich.

Money affirmations can also help you overcome money blocks and limiting beliefs around the topic.

Because I hear this question so often, I have decided to write an entire post about it. You can read it here: How can affirmations make you rich?

These are simply cards with positive affirmations statements on them that you can use to repeat your affirmations daily.

However, personal affirmations, tailored to your goals, have more power. But affirmation cards are great for inspiration and make a cute gift.

I’d say as many as you can handle. But it’s definitely better to just concentrate on ONE affirmation and make the process more powerful than trying to concentrate on too many.

Yes, you can try another affirmation. That said, if your manifestation is not working, it’s often a deeper problem than just the affirmation you are using. Check if your goals are having a strong WHY (that’s needed for your motivation), and check in on possible blocks and limiting beliefs you might still need to work on. And don’t forget to take massive (inspired) actions.

If you need help with this, join us here in the free 5-day email course.

Yes, listening to your affirmations is a great way to use this tool for manifestation.

Affirmation work when you read them out loud, when you write them down, but also when you listen to them.

Recording your own voice and how you speak your affirmative statements is a great way to work with affirmations.

Or you simply listen to prerecorded affirmations, like the one you can download for free, click on the image below:

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How To Make Your Affirmations Come True

Now that you have all your questions about affirmations answered and you know how to create affirmations that work, you should try them out for yourself.

They are a great manifestation technique to have in your law of attraction toolbox.

Remember, we are always manifesting without consciously realizing it. Taking control over the process is what makes the big difference between a successful and happy life and “just wishful thinking.”

While using affirmations is a great addition to everything else you do to make your dreams come true, ultimately, your inspired action will have the biggest impact.

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