What are Affirmations?
Affirmations is basically saying things over and over again in an attempt to change the way we think. The idea is to repeat a positive statement over and over again in an attempt to influence our subconscious mind into a positive outcome or more positive thinking in general.
Do Affirmations work?
There are doubts about the effectiveness of affirmations and it depends on the person, the affirmation itself, the situation and the current state of mind of the individual using the affirmations. How effective they are also depends on the how serious a person takes them, if you try and use them with a skeptical mind, expecting them to fail then that’s all that will happen. To answer the question, yes they can work and be very effective in the right situation or circumstance.
Affirmations are used by many of us unconsciously all the time. However these repeated statements are usually negative, for example, “I am not good enough” “this can’t be done” “nobody will like it” and that kind of thing, you get the idea.
Positive self talk can be used for many different life situations, help to get rid of anxiety, increase confidence, help you to relax, concentration and staying focused and generally a more positive attitude.
Example List of Affirmations
“I am strong and confident”
“I can achieve anything I put my mind too”
“I am good enough”
“I will succeed and I will be successful”
“I am relaxed and stress free”
When you choose an appropriate affirmation you can actually feel the effects of it almost immediately. However the effects will reduce if you stop repeating that affirmation so it’s important to keep it up. While affirmations can be effective they are limited in what they can achieve so don’t make up an affirmation about something that is completely unrealistic.
Affirmations by famous people
“I have the power to choose my own destiny” Og Mandino
“I am the greatest” Muhammad Ali
“The best is yet to come” Frank Sinatra
“I dare to be the best I can be” Steve Maraboli
“I say no to doubt and yes to life!” Wayne Dyer
“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” Emile Coue
Don’t rely too heavily on Affirmations, positive self talk is only one of many tools to a more positive and productive life. Sometimes we have to deal with negative people pulling us down, don’t add to it by putting yourself down.
The more you tell yourself that you can do something you increase the chance of it becoming a reality. Positive self talk increases confidence and can lead to new doors opening, it can give you energy and a new passion for life.