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Transforming Empty Affirmations into Powerful Tools for Your Inner Growth

Introduction to Empty Affirmations

Empty affirmationsA photo that illustrations Lessons In Acceptance are statements we repeat to ourselves that lack emotional connection or belief. These are often well-intentioned but fail to produce the desired effect because they don’t resonate deeply with our subconscious mind. Instead of bringing about positive change, they can sometimes reinforce feelings of inadequacy or disbelief.

Saying positive affirmation in a routine manner without any emotion or feeling is a common trap that most people using affirmations for the first time tend to fall into. 

I’ve been guilty of this mistake not just with affirmations but with a gratitude practice as well. 

What about you. Do you have a similar experience in an area like an affirmation practice?

Our routines are important, and they get us moving in the direction of our dream or goals. But we need to be vigilant that we don’t become lazy in our work. 

We will discuss how to avoid empty affirmations soon. 

“An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.”  Source: Louise H

The Power of Effective Affirmations

Effective affirmations, on the other hand, are statements imbued with emotional power and personal relevance. These affirmations are believed and felt deeply, which makes them potent tools for transformation. When affirmations resonate with us on a profound level, they help rewire our brains, fostering positive thoughts and behaviors.

In his eye-opening book  The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor talks about “Scanning for positivity”. One of those tools he suggests we use are positive affirmation. 

However studies have shown that if the affirmations are empty they may do more harm than good. 

Affirmations are like planting seeds in the ground. First, they germinate, then they sprout roots before they see the light of day.”  Source: John Assaraf


How to Transform Empty Affirmations into Powerful Statements

Photo of someone who has been practicing empty affirmationsHere are three examples of how you can transform empty affirmations into powerful, effective statements. Pay attention to the way each positive affirmation is given a power boost. 

  1. Empty Affirmation: “I am happy.”

   Effective Affirmation: “I am embracing joy and happiness in every moment.”

  1. Empty Affirmation: “I am successful.”

   Effective Affirmation: “I am achieving my goals with confidence and grace.”

  1. Empty Affirmation: “I am loved.”

   Effective Affirmation: “I am radiating love and attracting love in all areas of my life.

Can you feel and sense the difference between the empty affirmation and the effective one?

Take a moment here to reflect on any affirmations you have used, or create 2 or 3 empty affirmations and then find ways to enhance them and make them effective. 

How To Create Emotional Impact with "I AM" and Power Words

To make affirmations more effective, using “I AM” combined with power words that evoke strong emotions is crucial. These statements should feel authentic and reflect your true desires.

If an affirmation isn’t true your brain will not be fooled. For example an affirmation I hear touted often is: I am a billionaire. This is totally out gradient for the mind to absorb if you have only ten dollars to your name.

However you a little reword can fire your brain to response. 

“I am excited and enthusiastic as I learn to think for like a billionaire everyday! I am developing a billionaire mindset.” 

Now we are in a process of retraining our brain. And every single one of us can learn how to think the way a billionaire does. 

Here are some examples:

Empty Affirmation: “I am confident.”

 Effective Affirmation: “I am exuding confidence and finding inner courage in every situation I face. Every day I am feel stronger.” 


Empty Affirmation: “I am peaceful.”

Effective Affirmation: “I am enveloped in a sense of peace and calmness throughout my whole body.”


Empty Affirmation: “I am strong.”

Effective Affirmation: “I am embodying strength and resilience in all my endeavors.

Don’t be afraid to show enthusiasm, excitement, and zeal. I often walk around my apartment saying my affirmations and adding in fist pumps, high fives and superman poses. 

Saying affirmations is not some stogey affair with a serious look and a frown of determination. 

Have fun with them. 

How to Practice Effective Affirmations

Practicing effective affirmatonsPracticing effective affirmations involves more than just repeating words. It requires you to connect deeply with the emotions these words evoke. Visualization and feeling the affirmations as if they are already true are key components.

Another was to look at effective affirmation are rehearsing the future as if it has already happened. That’s why the I AM, the power words, and saying them with zeal and meaning are so important. 

Take the drudgery out of your practice. 

And sparkle and light. 

Imagine you can skate on rainbow.


I am the brilliant creator of my life. I am painting my canvas in unique ways with daring splashes of color. I am doing this. YES!

“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” Source: The Dalai Lama


By recognizing and transforming empty affirmations into powerful, emotionally impactful statements, you can significantly enhance your journey of inner transformation. Effective affirmations are not just words; they are a way to align your thoughts and emotions with your true desires, creating a profound shift in your mindset and behavior.

Embrace the practice of crafting meaningful affirmations that resonate deeply with you. Incorporate them into your daily routine, repeating them with conviction and feeling. As you do this, you will begin to notice a significant shift in your ability to manage anxiety and stress, building long-term resilience and maintaining a state of calm and balance in your everyday life.

Further Resources


Coffee Self-Talk Daily Reader# 1 by Kristen Helmstetter

Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson
Positive Affirmations Blogs and Videos

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