We have all heard that our beliefs shape our lives. Some will say that our beliefs will influence the Universe to become what we believe it will be. Others say that our beliefs simply direct the course of our actions, which in turn shape the pathway we take through life. Either way, I'm sure you will see that the more your beliefs allow you to take a rewarding pathway, the more rewarding life will become. And a tool that is used quite often for changing beliefs is called an affirmation.
Affirmations are generally used as a sort of 'mini-prayer'. If there is something that you want in your life, the general instructions are to repeat an affirmation that basically says that you already have it, and this will influence the causative force (either the Universe or your behavior patterns) to bring it into your life. In other words, if you want a fulfilling relationship in your life (assuming you don't already have one), then you would repeat to yourself "I am loved by a very special person who makes me feel wonderful. I am in a very rewarding relationship that fulfills my every desire." By repeating this affirmation, you will eventually find that desired relationship.
Of course, there is much more to the process than this, but you get the basic idea. Whatever affirmation you have decided to work with, the guidelines are to repeat it to yourself over and over again hundreds of times over a period of time, like a week or so. The question that most people have at this point is not "What makes affirmations work?", but rather "What kind of affirmations will work best for me?".
Here are a few general-purpose affirmations that may be used to improve your life in all areas. One of the most famous affirmations was developed by a French scientist by the name of Emile Coue? which is "Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better." Here are a few others.
"I am One with the Universal Mind Power, and so being, I am One with Universal Success. All ideas for my personal success come to me from the Universal Mind in a way that is certain for me to see. I am constantly guided to do the right thing, say the right thing, and be at the right place at the right time."
"I am Powerful. There is Power in everything I do."
"Wealth comes to those who serve others."
"I am more valuable than I think I am."
"When I'm excited about what I do, others will get excited too."
"The only failure in life is the failure to try."
"I am divinely blessed, and my blessings grow every day."
"As I breathe in, I bring myself closer to God and His absolute Power. As I relax into the Power of God, I am connected into the matrix of creation. I can now set the course of events in my life. The results of my creation bring me much happiness."
"LIFE IS WONDERFUL!!!"