Examples of positive affirmations are statements such as, "I have what I need to get through this," "I accept what I cannot change," and "I treat others with respect and appreciate their individuality." Positive affirmations help an individual reprogram self-defeating thought patterns.
Effective affirmations are present tense, positive, personal and specific. They are usually carefully formatted sentences that a person writes down and repeats to himself frequently. To create a positive affirmation, first identify a negative belief, such as "I can't lose weight," and then write a new statement that transforms that belief into a positive one, such as "I am healthy, and I can lose weight effortlessly."