A wise person once told me that it is important to say positive things to yourself. At the time, I merely scoffed at this innocuous suggestion. At the time, it sounded like something that someone arrogant or conceited would do. Also, it felt awkward to me to tell myself that I was beautiful or smart or capable or whatever. I mean, I knew I was these things, so why did I have to say it to myself? What was the point?
Well, people who use positive affirmations have higher self-esteem and self-confidence. Affirmations can be used to help retrain the mind to think differently. The mind is a powerful thing. When you tell yourself something, then you start to believe it. It changes from a mere illusion to a truth.
Someone who suffers from low self-esteem, is chronically depressed and angry, or just has a negative outlook on life would be able to benefit from using affirmations. By saying just a few positive sentences about themselves, they start to transform how they think. Then, they start to believe what they say. At that point, they aren’t just saying words, but really believing in them. And therein lies the power of affirmations.
Of course, someone who already has a high self-esteem can still benefit from using affirmations. Like a muscle, we must constantly give our minds the fuel that it needs. The fuel is the positive affirmations and the mind is the vehicle that we need to get where we need to go. Without that fuel, we can’t go anywhere. Similarly, without positive affirmations, our minds will just be stuck in the gutter, hopeless, and lost.
A mind that isn’t fueled with positive thoughts will ultimately fail to thrive. We need, we thrive, on positive thoughts. We need them not just for ourselves, but for others. Because when we are positive, then others will also feel the same way. Happiness, like smiling is contagious after all.
Here are seven affirmations that you can use on a daily basis to improve your life:
If you say these affirmations to yourself daily, then you will notice a difference in your outlook. To cultivate the life that we want, we must first imagine it with our mind. Only by imagining it first, can we take the next step towards making it a reality.
What affirmations do you use? How often do you use them?
Source: Psychology Today