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Positive affirmations can be a powerful tool for improving our mindset and achieving our goals. The human brain’s ability to adapt and rewire itself when needed is what we call neuroplasticity. Whenever the brain encounters new information, it triggers neurons to fire, and new pathways are formed. As a result, the brain’s structure and shape become malleable, which enables it to continue developing and changing throughout a person’s lifespan. Isn’t it amazing to realise that our beliefs, thoughts and behaviours are not fixed; we possess the capability to transform, grow, and advance towards becoming the very best version of ourselves.

When we repeat positive affirmations, new neural pathways are formed, strengthening the connections that produce positive thoughts and emotions. This repetition can change our beliefs and attitudes, leading to positive changes in behaviour and overall well-being. As we begin to feel more confident and optimistic, our brains are programmed to look for and respond to positive experiences. Ultimately leading to a virtuous cycle of success and happiness in our lives. By rewiring our brains through the power of positive affirmations, we can create lasting and meaningful change that unlocks our full potential and empowers us to achieve our goals.

One of the benefits of the symbolism in my paintings is that it allows you to personalise your affirmations. By focusing on a specific symbolic meaning in the painting, you can create your own positive affirmations that match it. For example, if you have chosen to focus on ‘new beginnings’, then take some time to really think of what that means to you, what area of your life would you like a new beginning? Think about how it would feel to have that now. Some examples of affirmations could be, ‘I let go of past mistakes and embrace new opportunities’ and ‘I am grateful for the chance to start fresh and create a new, fulfilling life for myself.’

Once you’ve established a deep emotional connection with a specific image you will find yourself being reminded of those wonderful feelings every day. At first, it might be a conscious reminder, but as time goes on, it seeps into your subconscious, creating those new neural pathways and orchestrating a wave of positive emotions.

How to create affirmations

If this is your first time writing affirmations, it can be challenging to know how to write effective affirmations. Here are some tips to help you begin writing positive affirmations:

  1. Start with a positive statement: Affirmations should always be framed in a positive way. Focus on what you want to achieve or how you want to feel, rather than what you’re trying to avoid. For example, instead of saying “I don’t want to be stressed,” say “I am calm and relaxed.”
  2. Make it personal: Your affirmations should speak directly to you and your goals. Use personal pronouns such as “I” or “me” to make the affirmation more meaningful and relevant to your life.
  3. Keep it simple: Affirmations should be simple and straightforward. Avoid using complicated or unfamiliar words that could make the affirmation harder to remember or understand.
  4. Use the present tense: Write your affirmations as if they’re already true in the present moment. For example, instead of saying “I will be successful,” say “I am successful.”
  5. Be specific: The more specific your affirmation, the more effective it will be. For example, instead of saying “I am happy,” say “I am happy and content with my life.”
  6. Consider your goals: Think about what you want to achieve and how you want to feel. Your affirmations should align with these goals and help you to stay focused and motivated.
  7. Keep it positive: Affirmations should always be framed in a positive way. Avoid using negative words or phrases that could create a negative mindset or reinforce limiting beliefs.

Some examples of positive affirmations for beginners include:

– I am worthy and deserving of love.

– Money flows easily and abundantly into my life.

– I trust myself and my decisions.

– I am strong and capable of overcoming obstacles.

– I am confident and self-assured.

– I am healthy and full of energy.

– I am grateful for all of the abundance in my life.

– I attract positive relationships into my life.

– I am deserving of success and happiness.

Keeping a notebook and pen on hand can help you quickly record and recall your affirmations.

I would advise keeping the number of objects you focus on in the painting to a maximum of three, as too many objects can dilute your attention, but the number of affirmations you create for each object is entirely up to you.

By following these tips for writing effective affirmations, you can start to cultivate a more positive outlook on life and move towards the success and abundance you desire.


It’s important to note that positive affirmations can be a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation, but they are not a cure-all. It’s important to combine them with other practices such as therapy, meditation, and healthy lifestyle choices to achieve lasting change.

For more details on the research conducted on the efficiency of self-affirmation, click here.