Have you ever had thoughts of yourself, from other’s judgments, go through your head like a broken record? How about negative thoughts that belong to you, doing the same? These are considered negative affirmations.
Having these negative affirmations running through your head can make even the most surrounded person feel lonely. What if I told you there is a way to stop feeling that loneliness?
Imagine you are sitting there and someone tells you that you are not a good friend. All it takes is hearing that one time and off your mind goes. In the first place, you sit there and replay all that was said. Coupled with you thinking about the past and any actions that you did to cause these words to be directed at you. As a result, you end up stuck in a loop of negative thoughts about yourself.
It’s important to realize, you can stop that loop. By immediately stopping what you heard and replacing it with something that you believe about yourself, you prevent that downward spiral from ever happening. The first thing to remember is, it’s easier than you think.
What are Affirmations?
Affirmations are words or phrases that you repeat over and over in order to change your overall mindset. These can be positive or negative. You want to make sure that you fill your “cup” with words that are positive and mindful.
What do Affirmations do?
When you are spending your day repeating the same phrases and words over and over they get ingrained in your thoughts on life. You want to make sure that you aren’t spending your day filled with repeating negative ones.
Not only will doing this cause deeper feelings that you shouldn’t have to feel. But also will cause you to project your unhappiness on others.
It is important to realize that everything you feel about yourself, and others, is highly dependent on what your thoughts are. For this reason, it is important to set yourself up with positive daily affirmations.
Here are some cause and effects of negative and positive affirmations.
- Negative Affirmations
- Self Doubt
- Ill Temperament
- Positive Affirmations
How do they work?
They change your current mindset and feelings.
Negative ones make it harder to function in your day-to-day. Have you noticed that when you tell yourself over and over that you cannot do something, you are filled with a wave of overall anger and sadness within yourself? These phrases do not just have to be something you put in your head on your own. It is equally important to recognize when others fill your head with negative thoughts.
In the event that you find yourself repeating someone else’s words, make sure you can pinpoint those phrases and change them. There have been plenty of times I allowed others to hold the power over my thoughts and mindset. Whenever I let what others say to me, and about me to others, run through my head I notice how crushed I feel. Under those circumstances anyone would feel defeated.
Positive ones not only make you happy but also make you motivated. All it takes is one or two words, that get flowing through your head, to really change your outlook on life. For example, if someone tells you that you did an amazing job, you will run that through your thoughts. As a result, it will make you more sure of yourself and the hard work you are putting in.
Have you ever had someone tell you how amazing you are? Did you notice that those words or phrases stuck with you? Have you done something that you thought was pretty incredible? Did you remind yourself of it all day?
How to Write An Affirmation:
- Start with “I” – Affirmations are all about you
- Use present tense – Keep it to current thoughts and feelings that you are needing to bring positivity to at the moment
- Keep it brief – Makes it easier to remember
- Make it specific – Helps to focus on what you are changing
- Keep it positive – Focus on positives to remove a negative
How to implement Affirmations into your daily life
There are many ways to implement affirmations in your life. First, you can write each affirmation on post-it notes and add it to a mirror, wall, whiteboard, etc. Secondly, you can make a list of them in a journal, in a notebook, or on a sheet of paper. Thirdly, you can type them up and post them where you will see them every day.
As a result, you will see them on a daily basis and that will help you use them consistently.
What do you do to remember things? Do you write them down so it’s easier to remember and read them everyday?
How long does it take to make a habit?
You will hear most say 20-30 days. I know for me it takes over 60 days to make anything a habit. For this reason, it is important to keep at it. Do not let yourself get in the mindset of “I can do it tomorrow.” Especially when today is just as good, and today is still here. The key is consistency.
What do you do when you see yourself start to slip up and stop something?
In the event that you stop doing something you want to become a habit, it is important to stop that behavior that is taking you from it. Make it a point to recite your affirmations daily.
7 Affirmations to Change Your Mindset
- I am making healthier decisions every day
- I am loveable and loved
- I am thoughtful and loving
- I am becoming who I want to be
- I am not giving up on me or my dreams
- I am beautiful inside and out
- I get me and that is enough
As shown above, affirmations are an important tool to use in your day-to-day. It is important to start reciting at least 7 affirmations daily. By doing so, you will change how your thoughts are directed and make you feel optimistic.
As soon as you can I want you to write down these 7 affirmations.
Put them in your journal, in a notebook, on a piece of paper, post-it note, etc. It doesn’t matter where you write them as long as you are able to look at them daily. Spend the next 30 days repeating these. Eventually, you will memorize them and will no longer need the paper in front of you.
By the time that 30 days is over, you will find your mindset will already be moving in a new direction, a better direction. It will be easier for you to stop negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. After the 30 days come back and tell me how they are working for you, as well as, any more
In the meantime, let me know of any affirmations that you are currently using. Also, is there anything that you are struggling with right now that I can help with? Leave a comment and let me know!
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