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Affirmations are positive statements that help reinforce that your behavior is good, and we need to hear them to help with our self confidence and esteem. These affirmations can come from a significant other, boss, co-worker, family member, a person we pass, etc. However, I know a lot of people who hear these words of affirmation all the time, but still struggle with how they view themselves. I believe that the most important affirmations that we receive are the ones coming from ourselves.
Our minds believe what we tell them to. "I am fat", "I'm no good at this, someone else could do a much better job", "What I'm doing doesn't really even matter", are all common examples of negative talk that we give ourselves. When we tell ourselves these things enough times, we start to become them. Sometimes, people think they are giving themselves positive affirmation, and are actually doing quite the opposite.
Let's take, for example, someone who is wanting to lose weight. They'll often say, "I am loosing weight",
or, "I am trying to lose weight." These statements focus on the fact that they believe they are too heavy, and not on the fact that they are actually doing something about it. Instead, switch that around and say,
"I am getting slim", or, "I am making really good eating choices." These focus on what you do want,
and cause your mind and body to respond in a positive way.
You should be giving your-self positive affirmations every day.
There's a reason why Abe Lincoln became president after 30 years of what other people would consider failures. After loosing EIGHT elections, failing in his business, having a nervous breakdown after his sweetheart died, you'd think that someone would throw in the towel.
Abe didn't quit, because he believed in himself. I can imagine he'd stand in the mirror and do what I'm going to tell you to do...
Every day, make it a habit to stand in front of the mirror, and say out loud positive affirmations to yourself.
While you do it, point yourself right in the middle of the chest so you believe what you are saying.
I do this often, and it brings me confidence and a positive outlook that I otherwise would not have.
Our minds believe what we tell it to believe.
-I am great
-I am doing hard things
-I am successful
-I am making a difference
-I matter, a lot
-I am grateful for my job
-I am really dang good at my job
-I am full of love
-I am peaceful
-I am ready for the day
-I am achieving my goals
Now point yourself in the chest, say one of these out loud, and begin to believe in yourself.