Collage by Lani and texture layer by SkeletalMess.
My mind has troubles with affirmations. They always sound a little false, bravely asserting something I might not believe whole-heartedly. It often sounds a little like brainwashing, adding layers of veneer which will peal off at the first sign of bad weather. But if I ask questions of my mind in a way that my mind will answer them with a resounding yes and of course, then instead of that nasty, critical feeling, I get a very energized happy feeling. Here are a few questions created from affirmations that I borrowed from Eric Maisel's book Coaching the Artist Within:
Am I not just fine as I am? Of course, I am fine just as I am!
Can I create something from nothing? Yes, I see evidence all around me, so I know I can. Can I do it now? Yes, of course!
Can I trust my resources? Again, I look around, and the answer it yes! Of course!
Can I can handle this? Yes, absolutely!
What would be a first step for today? I can't wait to find out!
Am I am capable and courageous? Again, the evidence is all around me, my life history, my family history, the human history, life on earth would all indicate I belong to a capable and courageous tribe.
Do I have everything I need? Yes, of course. I have materials, ideas, and a world of inspiration.
Am I ready? Yes, indeed.
Try turning a few affirmations into questions and see what happens.