The discussion on why I think affirmations are so important to incorporate into your life is a tricky subject. After reading this, I’m hoping to get you on board with having a set of daily affirmations to read if you aren’t doing so already. I was in a place where I used to think affirmations were phony. When I heard others use affirmations, there seemed to be a disconnect, no substance behind them. Instead of coming from a place of feeling uplifted and confident, they sounded like good catch phrases that were meaningless. Flowery talk to cover up what was festering below the surface. That was until I looked at it from a different perspective. Before we get there, let’s go back a few weeks to catch up.
In this post we discussed mental diet, and how we are talking to ourselves on a daily basis. Do you talk kindly or do you scold and shame yourself like a mother speaks to a child when they are about to do something bad? we all hear that voice of our dear moms every now and then. Now, let’s think about this. There are 86,400 seconds in each day, how many of those seconds can you actually think a positive thought and try to hold that thought for at least 30 or even 60 of those seconds before that thought is turned around and upside down with self-doubt or you are on to your next thought? Try it! If you can hold positive thoughts, especially about yourself continuously, then I think your full of crap.
Think of times when you are the hardest on yourself. I will use the comparison example because that is a sure way to kill any dreams or aspirations you have for ourselves. Comparing ourselves to others is a sure way to take us down the emotional scale and lower our vibration or our state of consciousness feeling the emotion of insecurity. Looking at this scale, it drops us down into the red. You start out with a business idea but you immediately think that so-and-so makes more money than me, is smarter than me, has more education, is better at… You know the drill. As soon as you do this, you want to become awake or conscious that you’ve fallen into this trap. Next, you want to have your affirmations ready. Affirmations are personal to you and are required to be a form of fitted self-talk for when we face doubts and fears. These phrases are relatable and resonate with our own soul. We want to impress our subconscious mind in believing that the affirmations we are reciting is our truth. And we seem to do a better job of it when we are feeling good and flying high! We want to reprogram the subconscious mind and tell it what to think when we affirm. What are we reprogramming the mind from? Negative energy. It is true that someone is better, smarter or richer than us? No! What does that prove? Nothing! Those thoughts divert us from our goals and don’t serve us positively.
I write out affirmations in a notebook and on recipe cards. I change them up every few months. Whenever I hear one I like, I will jot it down, sit with it for a few days to reflect on it before I make sure it is worthy enough to be placed in my stock. I read these affirmations every morning before I start my day and again every night I marinate my brain with these phrases before I fall asleep. There are days I wake up and I know immediately that I need to work a little harder at keeping my thoughts on track.
If you take the time to find them, write them out and read them daily, I promise you that it will change your life. But you have to be consistent for at least 40 days. You may even notice changes in your mood or mental well-being rapidly, or things just working out easily to your advantage in just a day or so. I have affirmations that are related to health, wealth, love and career. You want to get so good at having these that doubts don’t even have time to creep into your daily life.
You can create your own but if you seem to have trouble coming up with any an idea for your own affirmations, you can find them in older books from new thought authors. There are also many terrific writers or yogis to name a few. Florence Scovel Shinn is one of my favorites when it comes to affirmations. She wrote a book called The Game of Life and How to Play it. Some of her phrases may seem a little dated because of the words that were used in the early 1900’s. Here are a few examples of my favorites that came across from others who inspired me that I would like to share that I have used in the past or am using now.
- Today is going to be a great day! Every day I get better and better at what I do.
- I always have great opportunities presented to me and that I take them.
- I light up a room when I walk into it.
- I am excited for the future!
- I am healthy, strong and I love the muscles in my arms.
- I ignore everything that does not serve me positively.
- I easily communicate with everyone that I come in contact with. I find connections in many people. People know exactly what to say to me and I’m able to respond to them appropriately.
- Everything I touch turns to gold. I always earn money easily.
- I always get what I want.
- I am able to focus on my vision. I attract people and circumstances that are in line with my vision.
So no more feel good catch phrases to cover up what was festering below the surface. When you start to go down that path of self doubt, you will be able to catch yourself quicker and rather than self-deprecate, you will uplift yourself. Still not on board with this whole thing? I get it, I wasn’t either. It seems to out there to try. It’s a small price to pay to feel empowered. It’s here when you are ready and when you take the time to invest in yourself, will see a difference in your feelings and your environment.
Reach out to me if you need help in creating some affirmation for yourself. I hope this helps you! Until next time!