“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” –Dalai Lama
No, those people who look into the mirror every day and tell themselves aloud they will be successful aren’t crazy—they’re driven. Despite tough circumstances, pushing positivity into the atmosphere surrounding them leads to more change than focusing on negativity. Many people think that optimism and hope set us up for disappointment if they fail. However, it’s actually the ‘prepare for the worst’ mindset that sets us up for failure.
What are Positive Affirmations?
Positive affirmations encourage us to envision the reality we want for ourselves, and those around us. It helps to attract our desires in life, whether it’s that’s love, happiness, friends, good health, or success. Changing your state of mind affects your subconscious, and you’d be surprised how much effect your subconscious has on your path in life.
When we think and speak positively, we feel better. We wake up chipper in the morning, get through the day with more energy, and life seems to run smoother. Allowing every bump in the road to get you down and thinking negatively can stunt the growth you want to see in various areas of your life.
How’s It Done?
Sure, it’s as easy as writing positive statements down, but there’s a simple technique to forming action-oriented affirmations that will help you get the best results.
Make them Positivity-Based
Affirmations should always be formed in positive statements. Rather than saying I don’t desire to eat fast foods and drink soda, you can say, “I eat a healthy diet that makes me feel good.”
Talk in the First-Person
When saying your affirmations, start them off with “I” to make them identity statements, which motivate you to make that change. We’ve all heard ‘you are what you eat,’ but you’re also what you speak. Affirmations like, “I am confident,” “I am beautiful,” and “I enjoy exercise,” help to condition your mind and attitude into believing your positive statements, despite what anyone else has to say.
Remain in the Present
Write your affirmations as if they are in the present, rather than the past or future. Instead of saying, “I will be healthy and happy when I start eating better,” rephrase it to say, “I am healthy and happy.” The first statement could actually enable you to delay your healthy eating plan. It may feel silly to say something that you don’t believe is true, but remember, these affirmations work as fuel for your action.
Say Them Daily
In order for your affirmations to work, they must be done at least once a day. With the hustle and bustle of work, traffic and children, it can be hard to forget about your positive phrases. Work it into your daily routine by saying them in the morning while you’re getting ready for work and at night when you’re preparing for bed. You can also leave notes in visible areas like your mirror, computer or fridge.
Sure, we all have bad days, but when those bad days turn into bad weeks and bad years, it’s time for a change. Whether you’re unhappy with your body, your work, your friendships or your love life, a positive mindset may be just what you need.
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