Have you ever noticed how your outlook seems to affect your performance? People who practice self-affirmations know that phenomenon very well, and scientists have verified it.
In 1890, William James studied neuroplasticity, the science of how positive thoughts affect the brain. Peers rejected his claims that mere thoughts could change the brain’s structure, but now many scientists accept it as true.
“Anytime you have low expectations for your performance, you tend to sink down and meet those low expectations. Self-affirmation is a way to neutralize that threat.”
If you’re interested in exploring self-affirmations and what they could do for you, these apps and websites might help:
Affirmation Transformation (iOS, $0.99)
This app features a deck of affirmation e-cards. There are 55 of them with each affirmation accompanied with a beautiful photograph. Search through them to find your favorite, or you can shake your phone to get a randomly generated affirmation card as well. All cards function as lock screen images, if desired, for maximum visibility.
Download: Affirmation Transformation for iOS ($0.99)
bmindful (Web, Free)
The bmindful website not only has a huge collection of affirmations you can view, including a section with the most popular phrases, but it also allows you to be part of a community of people who have a similar interest in self -affirmations and mindful living. Even better, registration is free and offers full access to the content.
You might like to catch up with what happens in the bmindful forums and the site itself with bmindful This Week. In the end, it is a simple site which tries to do one thing well.
Positive Thinking (Android, Free)
One perk of the Positive Thinking app that sets it apart from others is the amount of material available. You’ll find over 400 affirmations associated with 35 topics. You can also choose a pleasant background image for each affirmation that’s a more powerful visual motivational tool.
Then, there’s the updated stream of positive messages that flow from their own positivity blog. You can create affirmations from any image in this stream.
Download: Positive Thinking for Android (Free). An iPhone version is coming soon.
Louise Hay Affirmations (iOS and Android, Free demo)
Backed by best-selling author Louise Hay, this app speaks 16 affirmations in first and second person, so they’ll be more likely to be ingrained into your head than if you were just reading text. Audio brainwave technology is also used to make your mind more open to input.
However, if you prefer to read your affirmations in a highly visual format, you can also check out Louise Hay’s blog, where she shares beautifully designed affirmations that you can post on your social sites.
ThinkUp (iOS, Free)
Based on professional brain training techniques, this app has a built-in affirmations list. Choose your favorites, and then record your voice saying them. It’s also possible to pick a soundtrack made up of personalized recommendations or your own beloved tracks.
You can also set daily notifications for yourself, so you always remember to take a step back and boost your positivity. For example, if you usually take your lunch break from work at the same time, set a notification for that time to encourage daily personal growth.
Download: ThinkUp for iOS (Free)
Early Riser Affirmations (MP3 and CD, $19.97 or less)
This website sells audio material for people who want to utter self-affirming phrases as soon as they wake up. Even if you aren’t ready to buy, the website lists some of the affirmations on the recordings to give an idea of what to expect. Categories group affirmations by tenses, making it easier to find the ones that relate to your situation.
Early Riser Affirmations’ parent company, Trinity Affirmations, also has a blog loaded with positive information and advice.
Daily Positive Affirmations Delivered to Your Inbox (Web / Email, Free)
Perhaps you’d prefer to have affirmations sent by e-mail instead of using an app. If so, this website is for you. It automatically sends affirmations related to over 20 topics, and each e-mail offers several affirmations based on a single theme.
While the RSS feature of this affirmation tool is standalone, you can also follow the website’s creator, Melisande Maquet, on Pinterest. She has a Personal Development board that would tie in nicely with the Positive Affirmations emails.
Spirit Junkie (iOS, $1.99)
Wake up to affirmations every morning by using this alarm clock-based app. Browse a library of hundreds of affirmations and save the ones you love. There’s also a feature that allows for reviewing affirmations from previous days.
You can also follow the app’s creator Gabby Bernstein on Instagram for more affirmations that you can Like and share.
Download: Spirit Junkie for iOS ($1.99)
Powerful Affirmations (iOS, Free demo)
Filled with high-quality recorded affirmations, this app has over 40 sessions with grouped affirmations you can listen to continuously. Alternatively, create your own sessions with affirmations that are most appropriate for your needs.
You can choose affirmations from categories like Positive Thinking, Personal Development, Health and Appearance, and Social Skills.
Download: Affirmations for iOS (Free demo, with paid subscriptions $9.99 per month or $39.99 per year)
I Am That I Am Lite (iOS and Android, Free)
Create playlists of affirmations recorded in your voice and listen to each affirmation instantly afterward. There’s also an option to add brainwave stimuli to encourage deeper meditative states.
You can also view the creator’s Affirmation Builder resource, which provides tips on how to create the best affirmations.
Affirmations for Entrepreneurs (iOS, $1.99)
This app has more than 200 affirmations made for entrepreneurs. Share the ones that are most meaningful to you with others and select from eight high-definition backgrounds.
The app’s creators also have an Entrepreneur’s Club newsletter, which you can subscribe to for access to new affirmations and additional perks.
Download: Affirmations for Entrepreneurs for iOS ($1.99)
Instar Affirmations Writer (iOS, Free)
Get guidelines for writing customized affirmations with this engaging app. Plus, receive tips on how to update affirmations as you go through life changes. There’s a tagging feature that makes it easier to find applicable affirmations later, too.
This app also makes it easy to create a regular affirmation schedule thanks to its alerts feature, which allows you to review affirmations at predetermined times.
Download: Instar Affirmations Writer for iOS (Free)
You Can Change Your Brain for the Better
Earlier, we saw how scientists have verified how self-affirmations can change the brain’s structure and help people perform better at work. A study also suggests self-affirmations activate an area of the brain related to behavior modifications: researchers noted how self-affirmations could help people develop good habits related to health. They found that even individuals who may see other methods as judgmental could be receptive to using affirmations for self-improvement purposes.
Whether you want to start every day with a brighter perspective or feel more at ease when delivering your next high-stakes sales pitch, affirmations could help. The list above offers just a sampling of the many resources available to discover.
Have you tried self-affirmations? Have they worked for you? Which self-affirmation tools will you use, or mention the one we might have missed.