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Affirmations: Just Plain Weird, or Wonderful Forms of Motivation?


Have you heard about affirmations? These are, in short, positive statements spoken out allowed which practitioners believe can help steer your life in the right direction. Big for some time amongst life-coaching types in the US, they are all the rage and catching on around the globe with those who believe in self-improvement, self-help and the power of positive thinking. Other people simply think that they are a load of old nonsense – literally a waste of breath. Want to make your own mind up?

Why Use Affirmations as Forms of Motivation?

All of us can struggle from time to time. Sometimes it is because we feel we lack the inner resources to get by. Also, sadly, not all of us have as much external support as we might like in terms of a kind family and friends and this can be difficult to cope with. But for those who truly believe in the power that words have to guide and heal, then there really is never any reason to despair.

Many people believe that the power of affirmations is one of the most useful tools to have in one’s mental hard drive. So, what exactly are affirmations? They are simply positive sentences that are repeated often during the day, gradually implanted into the subconscious mind. As we say them over and over, we drip-feed our minds – both consciously and into our subconscious, which may lead to more positive outcomes in our lives in the outside world.

No way! Really?

Well… why not? If someone tells you are useless every day, you are likely to end up believing them. If they say you are useless at cooking, for example, and tell you this day in, day out, then you might stop cooking interesting meals, grow less interesting and creative in your approach, put in less effort, or end up ordering takeaways the whole time. Or, you may simply tip whatever they are eating over their rude head. Either way, their repeated statement to you will have consequences in the real world. Why should that not be the same about what you repeatedly tell yourself?

It may well sound like a cheat code to a computer video game, but this does not mean that every word you utter will bring results. In order to trigger the subconscious mind into action, the words have to be said with your full intention, with the best intentions and with feeling – so no sarcastic muttering.

Affirmations: Trying it Out

If you have never tried to make positive affirmations, why not give it a go now? Simply embrace positive thinking and mindfulness and never underestimate the power of words and affirmations. Many people find it to be very helpful as forms of motivation, in supporting a positive mind-set, or even in significantly improving their state of mind. Some find hearing themselves make affirmations quite an emotional experience, especially at the most difficult of times. Don’t be too cynical; don’t be afraid to be moved. Truth, hope and positivity often have a remarkable effect.

So, if you would like to make affirmations for the first time go ahead. You will find it remarkably easy; plus it won’t cost you anything and needs no special equipment. Just find yourself some space, somewhere that you can speak out loud without feeling unduly self-conscious. Most people feel awkward at first, so do everything you can to put yourself in a position where you won’t worry about being overhead.

Next, take a few deep breaths and declare these powerful, positive statements to yourself, for yourself, out loud:

1) I am the captain of my destiny, I steer myself forward in confidence.
2) My mind, body and soul are amazing gifts.
3) I embrace positive energy with my whole being.
4) I am a unique individual with my own unique talents.
5) I push away the hurt and negativity of the past.
6) I am worthy of giving and receiving love.
7) I am entirely capable of achieving my dreams and must never give up.
8) I welcome exciting new ideas which move me forward.
9) I have a limitless capability of overcoming obstacles.
10) I choose to be happy, by loving and achieving.
11) I reject my bad habits of the past and look forward with joy.
12) I have infinite potential to succeed.
13) I embrace joy daily, for its own sake.
14) I forgive those who judge or belittle me and wish them well.
15) I find strength in loving and helping others.
16) I am a strong, brave person.
17) I trust that all be well if I have faith.
17) I deserve joy and prosperity.
18) I possess a spirit which cannot be destroyed.
19) Every difficult phase of life will pass in time.
20) I am a beautiful being.
21) My life is mine to create, every single day.

What Happens Next?

You can repeat your affirmations as often as you wish and you may find that your mood lifts whenever you do so. In fact, if you are totally new to affirmations, you may wish to keep a mood diary before trying them and then try them to see if your mood lifts, or alters in anyway.

Remember, practitioners tend to believe that thoughts and words are some of the most powerful gifts we have to implement changes for the better in others and ourselves. So, if you feel so inclined, give it a try. You have absolutely nothing to lose and at best, using them as forms of motivation could change your life.

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