You have probably heard a bunch of motivational speakers talk about how powerful positive affirmations can be. When you repeat a certain phrase over and over again, it is suppose to energize you and help you to reach your goals. This may or may not work depending on how you go about using these affirmations. Although affirmations can be helpful, there are limits to what they can do. Let's take a look at some of the benefits as well as the downsides.

One benefit that positive affirmations can give you is a more positive mindset. We are constantly talking to ourselves throughout the day. Even if you don't realize it, you're asking yourself thousands of questions every day. We have both positive and negative thoughts. In general, the more negative thoughts you have, the lousier you will feel. The more positive thoughts you have, the better you will feel. What positive affirmations do is help you to focus on positive things. Instead of walking around mentally beating yourself up like many people do, you can consciously decide to feed your mind with positive messages.

Since you will be in a more positive state, you will tend to have a better outlook for your life which will lead you to take action on your goals. The downside to just repeating these affirmations over and over again is that nothing will actually happen until you actually do something. The way you say these affirmations will make a difference as well. If you want to feel more confident and you repeat the words, "I'm a confident person" over and over again but you do it in a non-confident way, it's not going to work. It's the same as saying you're happy over and over with a sad look on your face.

In order to make the best use of positive affirmations, you will need to do two things. The first thing is to use your body while you say the affirmations. If you want to feel confident, then act as though you are confident while stating the affirmations. The second thing you need to do is to follow up on those affirmations with action. Nothing happens unless you do something. Just sitting there repeating affirmations all day won't get you anywhere. Use them as a tool to help get you in the right mindset. From there, use that mindset and energy to work towards achieving your goals.