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We all have plenty of things we want to achieve. There are hundreds of possible life goals and thousands of existing affirmations to say for each. Every expert tells something different in terms of how exactly you should do it, but is there really the right way?
If you are overwhelmed by all the things you want to attract and wondering how many affirmations you should focus on at once, here is your answer:
Focus on a handful of affirmations that you can easily remember. It can be anything from 1 to 15 depending on your goals and ambitions, but the trick is to combine them into one strong message. Repeat it often so it sinks in your brain and becomes your reality.
Now, let’s take a look at some common questions regarding goals and affirmations, as well as different ways to combine them for your daily practice.
How many affirmations at a time is enough?
First of all, there is no such thing as “enough”.
No one but you can define what will work for your life and your personal goals.
Some people use only one affirmation at a time, others have long lists for each dream. In general, somewhere between 3 and 15 is a good number for your daily practice. Choose your number according to how many goals you focus on at a time and do whatever works best for your daily routine.
If you ask twenty random people who practice affirmations what there approach is, you’ll probably hear up to twenty different answers!
Later in this post, I show you a few ways to combine goals when setting up your affirmation message so you can try out different things and decide on your own way. You can always tweak it even further and make it more personal to apply to your life situation.
In any case, better use fewer affirmations and let them sink in than use a ton and forget them right away!
Can you have too many affirmations?
It’s quite rare for a person to have a single goal in life. We wish many different things: from attracting money and being successful in business to being happier and healthier overall. You may want a dream apartment, a dream job, to become more confident, to exercise more often, or to get more travel opportunities.
There is always more than one thing in your life than can get better.
I’ve heard people saying you should only focus on one specific goal at a time, but I disagree. Unless you are content with all the other areas of your life, it’s okay to work on a few different things together.
You can start with one affirmation and build it into a habit first, then add more. 10 or 15 affirmations per day are more than enough: you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with a hundred statements you’ll have to live up to. Don’t pressure yourself with too many expectations to avoid burnout.
Ask yourself: if I choose to work on this one thing only, am I fine with everything else in my life staying the same a year later? If the answer is no, consider focusing on more than one goal at a time.
It depends on what kind of person you are and how well you can organize your day, but I think working on up to three big goals at a time is pretty manageable.
You can have it all if you work hard and smart enough.
How many goals are too many?
Too many goals at once may dilute your focus so you don’t achieve anything at all.
They say it takes 10 000 hours to become an expert at something. So if you take that time and put it into one goal, the result has to be awesome! But if you divide that same time between 10 or 20 goals, then it will take much more time and effort to achieve any of them. Even more as you’ll need to switch your focus all the time.
The more things you aim for, the less resources you put into each of them.
It’s okay to work on your fitness goals together with your work and personal goals, but don’t put too much pressure on one aspect of your life.
For example, when it comes to becoming healthier, many people (myself included) tend to go all in and do every possible measure at once. There are so many options and you don’t know which one to choose so you do everything at once.
I’m gonna get fit! – you say.
So you start to exercise daily, add some jogging, do cardio workouts, strength training with weights, HIIT programs, and more, until you are so exhausted that you stop everything at once.
Or maybe you decided that you need to eat healthy!
So you cut sugar, stop drinking coffee, cut carbs, add protein powder to your drinks, start drinking gallons of water, stop eating meat, quit alcohol, try fasting techniques, and so on… Until there is basically nothing left for you to eat. If you restrict too much and overwhelm yourself with all the rules you have to live by, it won’t last long.
You can totally transform yourself into a person you want to be, but it has to be a gradual transformation. Let your mind and body get used to every aspect of a new you, one at a time.
Choose one goal, let’s say quit sugar, and stick to it for a month. Don’t change anything else in your diet until you are clean of sugar and don’t crave it anymore. Then add a new rule if you want, but not all at once. In the meantime, you can work on other areas of your life, like business or relationships.
But even then, I wouldn’t recommend focusing on more than three important goals at once. At least until you get used to working towards them all and find yourself being able to spare time for more activities.
You can easily combine a few affirmations from different areas of your life in one strong message, or say them separately during the day.
What if I don’t have a specific goal right now, but generally want a better life?
Well, this is the easiest case, as you don’t need to define or choose anything!
I recommend looking at some big affirmations lists like my 60 Happy Affirmations That Instantly Make You Feel Better. Pick a handful of random affirmations from there every day and either repeat them or pick others the next day. Bookmark that page and get back to it whenever you need more ideas.
Soon you’ll know which statements speak to you and they’ll get deep into your subconscious so you won’t need to refer to the list every day!
Also, I just want to emphasize here that affirmations by themselves won’t magically bring your dreams into reality. They elevate your mood and self-belief, keep you open to opportunities, and set your intentions, but you still have to keep a growth mindset and work towards your goals every day in order to achieve great results.
Good examples of a daily dose of affirmations
You need to understand that there is no right or wrong way to go with affirmations.
As soon as the message you are repeating to yourself agrees with your goals, you are on the right track to success!
Here are some examples of how you can use affirmations in accordance with your goals. Choose the option that makes more sense for you at the moment, and start attracting your dreams!
1. Set of affirmations for one goal
In case you have that one thing that you desire the most and are ok with everything else staying as is before you reach this goal, here is what you should do.
- Make a list of 1 to 15 affirmations that are in line with your goal.
- Combine them in some order with a flow to create a powerful message for your brain.
- Repeat this message at least once daily and also at the times when you feel like you need more support.
Example message for someone who wants to be more fit and healthy
I am healthy and full of energy. I am loving feeling fit and strong. My mind is focused and ready to get in shape. It is easy for me to eat well and exercise regularly. I appreciate and love my body. I am losing weight and improving my health minute by minute. I am strong and can easily do any exercise I want. I love taking good care of myself. Every day I am getting closer to reaching my ideal weight. I am healthy, I am happy, I am strong.
Find all kinds of powerful statements for a healthy and happy life here.
Example message for business success
Whatever I can dream up for my business, I can achieve. I am committed to my goals, to my growth, and to my purpose! I’m putting a lot of good energy into my business and I’m worthy of getting it back multiplied. When I bring my authentic self to my business I am rewarded with money. I deserve to be successful and I’m ready to chase my dreams!
Here are a few more positive affirmations for entrepreneurs you can choose from. Also, check out my big list of encouraging money affirmations if you want to spruce it up and focus on your income more!
2. Combining three goals into one set of affirmations
Let’s say you want these three things at the moment:
- Lose weight
- Find a dream home
- Become more confident
Find 1 to 5 suitable affirmations for each goal that sound just about right.
1. I am enjoying exercising, it makes me feel really good. I let go of unhelpful patterns of behavior around food. I am in the process of developing an attractive body.
2. I am attracting the perfect home for me and my family. Every day I move closer to the ideal home for me. The universe is conspiring with me to manifest my dream house. I am confident that my new home will be a happy and healthy place for loved ones to gather.
3. I have the freedom and power to create the life I desire. I am attracting positive people and circumstances into my life. I am confident, happy, healthy, and in alignment with my life.
Either say/think/write/sing all of these at once or spread them around your day. For example, you can say affirmations for your fitness goal before your workout, confidence ones in the morning, and the rest before you go to bed so you can maybe see your dream house in your dreams.
Remember that this is just an example!
Create your personal affirmation system that works for you and becomes something that boosts your mood every time. Not a chore that you have to do daily.
If you decide to say your statements all at once, a good idea is to dedicate specific time of day for this practice. This way you’ll soon create a habit and won’t ever forget to say your affirmations.
3. An alternative way of saying multiple affirmations
There is another way to combine more than one goal. I’m not a fan of it, but I know it works for some people, so I decided to share it too.
The simplest approach is to define one statement for each of your goals and repeat it for a few minutes. You can either repeat every sentence for a few minutes and then switch to the next or repeat the whole message as many times as you need until you trust yourself.
So if we take the same goals from a previous example, it may now look like this:
I am in the process of developing an attractive body. (repeat up to 5 min)
I am attracting the perfect home for me and my family. (5 min)
I am confident, happy, healthy, and in alignment with my life. (5 min)
Or combine them in one whole message and repeat for 5-15 minutes or as long as you need.
I am in the process of developing an attractive body. I am attracting the perfect home for me and my family. I am confident, happy, healthy, and in alignment with my life.
You can print it, save it in your notes app, add to your bookmarks, or use it as a wallpaper on your device. As soon as you make a habit of it you’ll most likely remember the whole thing in your head.
Of course, you don’t have to say it perfectly word-to-word every time. No one will judge you and you shouldn’t too! The intention and energy that you put into these words – this is what counts.
Let’s summarize: How many affirmations at once?
This is important: Don’t just do what someone else (even me) tells you. Listen to your soul, try different things, and figure out what works for you.
Positive affirmations work best when they are highly personalized. It’s basically a self-talk strategy to create a habit that motivates you and keeps you on track. Choose your goals, filter the statements that resonate with you, and don’t waste time on anything else.
Not everything that works for others will work for you, and that’s ok. We are all different. Your personal approach may be perfect for you, but may not work out for your friend. Test everything out and keep the positive attitude at all times!
Lastly, never say your affirmations blankly. Even if you sit all day repeating thousands of statements like a robot, this won’t work. Sorry, but your dreams won’t magically come true.
Choose a handful of meaningful affirmations that bring you into the right mood and make you wanna work harder to achieve your goals. Say them daily and whenever you need a boost of confidence – and you will live the life of your dreams in no time!