We are bombarded by messages all day long - from advertising and marketing, from conversations with our fellow human beings, or just the stream of thoughts running through our own heads. I believe that you can turn a negative thought habit into a positive one using affirmations.
The word affirmation comes from the root Latin word affirmare, which means "to make steady, strengthen, confirm." Using affirmations can help you reinforce positive aspects of your personality and your being and help to transform your life. Saying them aloud, hearing then in your own voice is a fantastic way to start rewiring your brain, generating positive emotions, and increasing the number of feel-good hormones in your system.
Check out the affirmations below, and when you find one that resonates with you, begin a practice of saying it out loud several times a day - start your day on a positive note, and end it that way, too, by saying the affirmation before you go to sleep. After 21 to 28 days of consistent positive reinforcement, you will feel better, have a more positive outlook, and a new, positive habit you can keep for a lifetime!
It is more beneficial to recognize my strengths instead of focusing on my weaknesses. My positive attributes remind me that there is much I can be successful at.
Every situation has advantages and disadvantages. I choose to focus on the advantages. When I find an advantage, I do what I can to utilize it to the best of my ability. When I live my life this way, I can be happy nearly all the time.
Meditation is both a mind and body practice that focuses on the interaction between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. While there are numerous types of meditation, the common thread amongst them all tends to be an enhanced focus that trains attention and awareness.
There are some simple things you can do to start your day calmly, mindfully, and purposefully before you reach for your cell phone. Try these three techniques to get your day off to a better start:
I love following the direction of my soul.
It guides me towards targets that make me both proud and happy. I am sure and certain about what I am inspired to achieve in each aspect of my life. My actions are geared towards those goals that I honestly feel are worth attaining.
I remove negative thoughts and ideas from my mind so that they have no power over me. I let go of unhelpful suggestions and harmful experiences. I focus on positive inspiration and reinforce my strengths and abilities. I intentionally take note of how optimism makes my life better.