For centuries, positive affirmations have been used to help ordinary people achieve extraordinary results. Whether an individual is looking for love, wants to progress their career, or boost their confidence, many people believe positive affirmations can help them succeed. However, others remain sceptical, often because their own affirmation attempts have been unsuccessful. So, can positive affirmations really change your life? Let’s take a look…
What is a positive affirmation?
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of positive affirmations, an affirmation is basically a word or phrase that you say to yourself to influence the way you think. You probably already say thousands of affirmations on a day to day basis without realising it.
Problems arise when your mind is filled with negative affirmations rather than positive ones. For example, when faced with a new challenge, your brain might say “I can’t do this” or “I’ll never succeed”. These negative affirmations can be really damaging and can prevent you from achieving your dreams and full potential.
For centuries, many people have believed that positive affirmations can retrain our brains to think in a more optimistic way and, in turn, change our lives for the better.
Do positive affirmations really work?
Although some people are sceptical about the power of affirmations, we’ve seen firsthand how they can change people’s lives if done correctly.
An affirmation can open a door to a more positive life. By adopting a positive state of mind, you can encourage yourself to reach out and grab opportunities that you may previously have shied away from.
The problem is, many people give up the minute they feel like their affirmations aren’t working. They’ll repeat a word or phrase three times in front of the mirror one morning and, if they don’t have a good day, they won’t try again. Often, they’ll overpower the strength of their positive affirmations by saying things like “this will never work”. For positive affirmations to effectively do their job, you need to persevere.
How to change your life using positive affirmations
Remove and replace
Remove negative affirmations from your vocabulary and replace them with the exact opposite. So, instead of saying “I’m not good enough”, say “I am good enough”.
You could go further and say: “I’m the best person I can be”, “I bring value to the lives of those around me”, or “I can be successful in everything I set out to do.”
It’s almost human nature to focus on our negative attributes rather than our best features. We often dwell on the bits we don’t like about ourselves instead of celebrating our triumphs. It’s time to defy human nature and break the cycle. Make an inventory of your best qualities and achievements. Whether you’re a good listener, can play the guitar, or you’re an expert at manicures, you can add absolutely anything to the list. Write each quality on a piece of paper and start each sentence with the word ‘I’. For example, your list could look like this:
- I am a good friend
- I am sympathetic
- I am hard working
If you don’t see ‘proof’ that your affirmations are working straight away, that doesn’t matter. You’ll only start to see noticeable differences in your life and wellbeing when you’re ready to believe in your affirmations’ ability to help. If you’re constantly doubting the effectiveness of affirmations, your brain continues to be a breeding ground for negativity and self doubt.
Remember, affirmations aren’t magic and they won’t transform your life for you. Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to control your future. You have to work at it and be willing to see the world from a new perspective yourself. You need to train mind and teach it to be flexible enough to tune out those negative, self deprecating thoughts while adopting a more optimistic approach.