Affirmations are incredibly powerful.
I'm someone who thrives on words of affirmation from my loved ones. It probably stems from my underlying need to be liked - so maybe not such a good thing! Either way, hearing encouragement and affirmations from other people is like a power boost to me.
So what if those affirmations came from within?
I'd heard of people writing and saying personal affirmations aloud, and to be honest, it sounded super "New Age-y" to me. I couldn't possibly take myself seriously writing down encouraging statements to myself. It just seemed really... egotistical.
But I tried it anyway.
Sometimes, other people don't always notice that you need to be encouraged. And that's okay - other people have their own messes to deal with! That's why writing and saying your own affirmations is the opposite of egotistical. You don't need the opinions or praise of anyone else to fuel your success or your happiness. You just need to keep pressing toward your goals - and only you know yourself well enough to affirm those goals.
So, for example, if I was feeling discouraged or anxious about something in the future, I'd write affirmations that would reassure me in the present and encourage me to look toward my goals. And then the weird part - I'd say them out loud. It feels really odd to audibly give yourself a pep talk, but speaking your own encouragement helps to cement it into reality.
Now, I don't want to venture too far into the idea of manifestation (though I'm certainly intrigued by some of the stories I've heard). I don't believe that whatever you write down as an affirmation will magically come true the first time you speak it. But I do believe that affirmations have the power to change the way we view ourselves. That alone was enough to deter me from some of my most limiting beliefs and inspire me to believe the best about myself.
New to this? Try these affirmations:
- I am capable of amazing things.
- I envision big goals, and I work hard to achieve them.
- I believe in, trust, and have confidence in myself.
- I can accomplish anything if I work hard and stay focused.
- I accept the things I cannot change.
- I am willing to grow through challenges.
- I am respectful, kind, and a good example to others.
- I replace all bitterness with joy and contentment.
Writing personal affirmations can change your mindset.
If you feel that these affirmations are a little forced, try writing and speaking your own affirmations that fit your unique personality. There are traits that you should encourage in yourself - so do that! There are goals that you need to work toward - so write them and say them out loud. You will need to step out of your comfort zone a little bit and try something new. I encourage you to try it, take it seriously, and watch the way your mindset changes. You will be surprised at how much weight is lifted when you finally believe in yourself the way you ought!