Ask any highly successful person how they maintain their motivation and attitude to achieve their goals, and most likely, they will answer “positive affirmations.” The influence of affirmations not only affects your mind and spirit but also builds the strength necessary for you to face daily challenges.
I find that thinking and repeating positive affirmations to be very inspiring. So much of what I do, how I act, is dependent on conditioning and prior programming. It all starts with a simple belief in who I am and what I can become. Positive thinking focuses your energies on building a stronger mindset that awakens your inner truths. According to Edmond Mbiaka, “Your subconscious mind is always listening to and believing in everything you repeatedly say about yourself, so try not to become your own enemy of progress.”
It is a simple fact: That you will become what you think about most. Your success or failure in anything, large or small, will depend on your programming and what you say when you talk to yourself.
What Are Daily Positive Affirmations?
Using affirmations is a practice to heal from within and cancel, negate and correct old negative thought patterns. Positive affirmations can improve your health and help you live a more fulfilling life. You can accomplish this by helping you change your thought patterns to more positive and meaningful ideas. Your thoughts are mental cognitions that you perceive as honest and factual, leading to an emotional response.
You may have experienced trauma or other painful encounters that have formed mental blocks in your mind throughout your life. For example, maybe you were bullied or ridiculed. Perhaps you had a traumatic upbringing, lack of family support, or a career that didn’t pan out as you imagined it would.
Whatever the issue, you can begin to form more positive and meaningful experiences. One to change your thought patterns and mindset to be more opportunistic. Doing this will allow your mind to be open to new ideas and ways of acting to take on new experiences without fear and with excitement. Positive affirmations are for self-confidence, power, and stamina and healing, surrender, and accountability.
“Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts. A thought can do more good than a doctor, a banker, or a faithful friend. It can do us more harm than a brick.” ~ Frank Crane
Recognizing Your Thought Patterns
The first step to implementing positive affirmations is recognizing your thought patterns and understanding the root cause of your overwhelm. In the many times, you talk to yourself throughout the day, there are numerous opportunities to have more positive self-talk. As Tony Robbins, the success coach said, “The quality of your life is the quality of your inner communication.”
When it comes to your healing, you want to dig deep to determine where to do the work and where you can “let go” and move on. As the famous Indian Hindu Monk Swamy Vivekanda says,” All power is within you, you can do anything and everything.” However, when certain aspects of your lives are repetitious and keep coming back unresolved, you know you need to do deep work.
Using positive affirmations is a great way to begin this practice of reformation of the mind. You first want to recognize your thought patterns and understand where your thoughts are coming from. When you have experienced trauma, you may begin to form destructive thought patterns around the situation. You might begin to internalize or believe other people’s projections or ideas about you that are not necessarily true. Then, instead of allowing thought patterns and mindsets to control you, take control and decide to improve your attitude and make a new reality.
How to Use Positive Affirmations
Creating change in your life using positive affirmations is an easy practice but can be very profound. The method of using positive affirmations involves the repetition of a phrase or idea that is new to the mind and cancels out or changes a negative thought or belief that you hold.
When you identify a negative thought or belief, you can ask yourself what is at the root of this thought. Then, follow the idea back to its origins in your life and begin to ask yourself when and why you started having a particular belief about something or yourself. Then, change the thought to one that is more positive and productive for you.
If your thought made you feel inferior or ashamed, you can identify this and choose NEW thoughts and statements that affirm your self-confidence and self-identity. Then, you can choose to implement this new idea and repeat it again and again until it begins to take shape and manifest in your life.
Some healing positive affirmations work quickly while other thoughts and beliefs change over months, years, and decades. Yet, when you commit to changing your mindset and bringing in healing through positive affirmations, you are guaranteed a new outlook and perspective that brings peace and healing along your journey.
Practicing positive daily affirmations will provide encouragement and motivation to handle any situation. There has never been a more appropriate time in modern history where we need strength, intelligence, and positivity.
“Words matter and the words that matter most are the ones you say to yourself.” ~David Taylor-Klaus.
I am Shirley Noah, Founder, and CEO of In Good Health Coach, who has a background in research, journalism, and stress management. As a wife and mom of four, I turned to research to find answers to my own health problems. InGoodHealthCoach.com is the culmination of thousands of hours of research and posts about health and stress management. If you are looking for more guidance about Self Talk and Positive Affirmations here is my latest e-Course Optimize Your Self Talk.