Our thoughts and beliefs shape both our perception and experience of ourselves and the world around us, there’s no doubt about that. When we have negative thoughts we feel crappy and these thoughts can often cloud over our perception of things, even if they’re not all that bad. I guess we’ve all been there at some point in our lives.
I’ve just finished a book called Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which is full of great ideas on how to increase your productivity and get the most out of your life. Usually I’m not one for self help books but I had heard rave reviews and was intrigued. One of the life changing things that Hal suggests in his sell out book is starting your day with positive affirmations.
What exactly are positive affirmations? Well, quite simply, they’re your visions, (for the future) hopes and aspirations laid out in short powerful statements. For example, “I am a magnet for success”. If you’re anything like me, this will sound a little bit cringey and you definitely won’t want to say these out loud everyday. But guys, what if; what if just by saying these statements out loud every day it does change something for you?
Supposedly, positive affirmations not only increase your self esteem but also your confidence and it helps you to achieve goals. How? It’s thought that the constant affirmation forces you to verbally confirm your intentions, desires, and hopes in a way that enforces positivity, strengthens your self-confidence, and reassures your aspirations.
Positive affirmations are even used in Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and even on rehabilitation programs. In short, what they’re designed to do is break our negative thought patterns.
For me this was a difficult concept to grasp. How can just saying things out loud change things for you in your life? But then I remembered a saying by Ghandi “A man is a product of his thoughts. what he thinks, he becomes”. Maybe there is some truth to it?
I did wonder how much effort it would take to start implementing affirmations too, because let’s face it I’m one of the laziest people you’d probably ever meet. The truth is though, you’re using affirmations in every moment of every day whether you know it or not. Sadly, much of what we are affirming is negative. For some reason we question ourselves before we do anything. Whether that’s down to an innate sense of fear of failure or just societal influences, I don’t know really. Either way, it’s not helpful but it can be changed and so I’m ready to give this a go.
I’ve put up picture frames with cute happy quotes around my room, I’ve downloaded positive affirmations on Spotify to listen to every morning and changed all the wallpapers on my laptop/phone/tablet to positive quotes and affirmations. I’ve only just started doing this as of the beginning of April and I can’t say it’s worked just yet, but I will be rich, successful & beautiful dammit!
As nice as it is to have people compliment you and support you, I think it’s about time we become our own biggest cheerleaders. I got this, girl…and so do you!
Have you tried implementing positive affirmations into your lifestyle?