Mindfulness Mondays: Positive Self-Talk-Affirmations
"Each day we must strive for constant and never-ending improvement"-Tony Robbins
Beautiful People, let's go!!!
"Lulu, what is your creed?" "I am strong, intelligent, and beautiful." Since the age of 3, I have made it a point to teach my daughter the power of positive talk in the form of affirmations. There is no greater way to sincerely celebrate yourself than evoking the power of affirmations.
Affirmations entail repeating a self-selected phrase or series of phrases that embody who we would like to become or know to be. The thought process is that positive thinking creates self-improvement, and repeating your affirmations throughout the day can transform our thought patterns and mental attitudes. Honest self-reflection is what makes affirmations so impactful, it can be a tool for behavioral change at its most basic level.
Affirmations work primarily at the conscious level, whereas many of our conflicts about ourselves and our sense of adequacy are within our subconscious or unconscious mind, they work even better when accompanied by some honest internal reflection and some deeper internal work that gets to the subconscious or unconscious level, it's also important to take concrete steps to create the changes you're affirming.
What I appreciate about affirmations is that it creates a space for us to reflect, rearrange and reset our own narratives. It's crafting positive self-talk in a manner that is relatable, stress-free, and not overwhelming. Affirmations can push us into action-To make those affirmations even more powerful, bring in as much heart and emotion into them as possible: say it out loud, like you really mean it, and put as much emotion and conviction as you can into it.
On top of that, try visualizing or feeling whatever you're affirming as you say it—what does it sound like? Look like? Feel like? These simple practices change the affirmation from a cognitive exercise to one that also incorporates your heart and body.
You will then begin to feel and embody the affirmation, going beyond thought and beginning to shift some of those unconscious, deeply held beliefs.
Stating affirmations is a great way to begin reframing your mental patterns, shifting into positive thinking, and slowly but surely changing your outlook.
Now for those who don't know, I have listed a few of my favorite affirmations:
When I struggle with confidence:
-I believe in myself
-I love who I am
-I got this
-I'm badass (my favorite lol)
My need to be productive:
-I will be on my game
-I will see the task through
-Today and every day I am blessed
-I am a work in progress
-Tomorrow is the do-over
-I am powerful
-I will make it through this moment
-Nothing will stand in my way
-I am a conquerer
So what will your daily affirmation be today?
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