In our world of information overload, we can easily overlook the practice of affirmations, a technique that can calm and center us in the middle of the most chaotic situations. I suspect affirmations have been used since the beginning of time, all over the world. It is no secret that many successful Olympic athletes, for example, practice affirmations as part of their preparation for events. In this article I will share some problems beginners face using this technique, common mistakes, and some steps to get started, quickly and easily. For a variety of reasons, adults can feel very uncomfortable trying.