[LIFESTYLE Guest Post]
Many people might think that doing daily affirmations every single day is a waste of time. However, the positive things you speak about yourself have the power to shape you. Positive and negtive self talk can have a big impact on your mental health.
Look at it this way, sometimes, a simple act of unkindness can mess up your entire day. Why is this so? The things you let linger in your mind determine how you view life.
If you woke up that morning affirming that you’re important, you wouldn’t take unkindness personally. You would understand that someone’s action is not your fault but rather a reflection of who they are or what they’re struggling with. Do you ever wonder how people manage to return unkindness with kindness? Well, it’s because they’re so self-aware that external forces cannot determine how they react to different situations.
So, even though daily positive affirmations sound rather basic, they have an unimaginable effect on your unconscious mind [for more on this read: How to exercise subconscious mind]. The thoughts you feed your mind helps shape your view of the world. You can help create a more ideal life for yourself simply by projecting positive energy to the universe.
Just like paper writing, when it comes to creating affirmations, the output will match the input. If you’re always putting yourself in your thoughts, you’re likely to fail. However, if you constantly express confidence in yourself, you will most definitely excel.
Defining Daily Affirmations
So what exactly are daily affirmations? Well, daily affirmations are quite similar to exercising. Whereas working out helps you achieve the body you want, daily affirmations ensure you have a good state of mind.
You can reprogram the mind consciously or unconsciously based on the affirmations you repeatedly say to yourself. You might think you had a bad day because you woke up from the wrong side of the bed when, in reality, the thoughts you had before falling asleep the previous night were negative.
When you create positive affirmations, you leave no room for negative thoughts and limiting beliefs. You can easily transform your comfort zone from one that limits your capability to a more freeing one.
Positive affirmations free your mind of imaginary chains that keep you mediocre. When you take up a more positive outlook on life, you begin to believe that anything is possible. Start replacing your “I can’t” with “I can” and see how your fears and doubts fly out the window. You can exponentially grow your confidence overnight, but you first have to believe in yourself.
How to Use Positive Affirmations to Stay Focused
When you take up a negative outlook on life, it can be quite easy to give up. It doesn’t matter how hard you’ve been working on a project. One simple mishap is all it takes for you to down your tools and throw in the towel.
So how does one keep their eyes on the prize even when everything seems to be going south? To begin with, you need to affirm yourself daily of your value and capabilities to accomplish the task at hand. It doesn’t have to the something complex. It can be a phrase as simple as “I am Capable” or “I’m a Big Deal.”
If you’re starting a business and you believe that you’re a big deal, big corporations will not intimidate you because you know you’re on a different journey.
However, if you keep saying your business is going to fail, even as a joke, your brain gives off negative energy. You’ll be intimidated by rival businesses when, in reality, you have a better chance at succeeding.
What affirmations do is that they keep your unconscious mind on a specific path. If your thoughts are positive, your mind stays on the path to success. How else do you think you find ways to overcome your challenges so fast? It’s all in the mind
Another thing about maintaining a positive mind you should know is, it keeps you happy and content even when things seem to be falling apart. A third party looking in from the outside will wonder how you keep it together because they wouldn’t understand how your mind works.
Reprogram your mind to keep calm even when you’re in a storm. After all, freaking out and losing control does not provide you with a solution. Creating higher vibrations of gratitude, appreciation, and joy also attracts positive people into your life. This is how you find yourself surrounded by like-minded people. As they say, birds of the same feather flock together.
How to Create Positive Affirmations
Now that you know what affirmations mean and how they keep you focused on your goals let us look at how to create positive affirmations. To begin with, you need to understand that positively affirming yourself should be a daily affair.
For you to successfully reprogram your mind, you have to interrupt your normal way of thinking and replace it with a positive one. For instance, if you’re always having negative thoughts, having a positive thought once every couple of days is not enough to reprogram your mind.
This means that you have to repeat positive affirmations even on days when you don’t feel enough. When the world is weighing down on you, you’ve got to keep believing that everything you’ve ever dreamt of is possible.
Flood your subconscious mind with positive thoughts [here’s a guide] and images of what you want to be your new reality until you overthrow the government, so to speak. Here are a few guidelines to help you come up with powerful positive affirmations;
- Begin every affirmation with “I am” because they’re the most powerful words in the English language
- Always say your affirmations in the present tense
- Affirm what you want in your life, not what you don’t. Keep it positive
- Be specific with what you want
- Keep your statements short and include and action word
- Include a dynamic emotion in every statement
- All affirmations should be for you and no one else
There you have it! A comprehensive illustration of what affirmations are, what they can do for you, and how to create them.