The Power of Positive Affirmations – A Proven Mindful Mind Hacking Tool
Whether you realize it or not you are always telling yourself affirmations and I’ll bet you that, right now, most of them are negative. This negativism can stem from various sources, such as social media, news, personal experiences, or even other people’s behavior.
The problem is this constant exposure to negativity can have a profound impact on your mindset and thought patterns. Over time, you may develop a negative outlook on life, where you focus more on the bad things than the good ones.
Your thoughts have a significant impact on your emotions and actions. This can eventually lead to a vicious cycle of negativity.
When you’re constantly bombarded with negative thoughts, you begin to feel anxious, stressed, and demotivated. Of course, this vicious cycle reinforces a pessimistic mindset.
Breaking this cycle can be challenging. This is because pessimistic thought patterns can become deeply ingrained and automatic.
But you can turn this bad habit around by learning how to create and use positive affirmations.
The Importance of Positive Affirmations
Look, everyone knows we should think more positively. But we all also know this isn’t easy.
With all the negativity around us, finding something positive can be a challenge. This negativism can affect our habitual thinking. And like any habit, your negative thought patterns can be challenging to change.
Creating and using positive affirmations are a powerful Mindful Mind Hack you can use to take control of your thinking. In addition to thinking something positive, when you repeat a positive affirmation, you’re also pushing those negative thoughts out of your mind.
What Do You Need to Work On?
The first thing you need to do is make a list of your current weaknesses. These are the areas of your life you believe are dragging you down.
This lets you confront your flaws and take responsibility for them. This will give you a path you can use to improve yourself.
Here are some steps you can take to create a list of your current weaknesses:
Take some time to reflect on your life, habits, and behaviors. Ask yourself questions like:
“What are the things that hold me back?”,
“What are the areas of my life that need improvement?”, and
“What are the patterns in my life that keep repeating?”.
Ask your close friends, family, or colleagues for feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. Often, others can see things that we can’t.
Assess your past failures.
Think about the times when you failed. Try to identify the reasons behind those failures.
Was it due to a lack of knowledge or skill? Did you procrastinate or lack discipline?
Identifying the underlying causes can help you address the weaknesses that contributed to those failures.
There are several personality and behavior assessments available that can help you identify your weaknesses. Examples include Myers-Briggs, DiSC, and StrengthsFinder.
Now, prioritize your list.
Once you have created your list, prioritize it in order of significance.
Which weakness is causing you the greatest trouble? Which one would give you the biggest bang for your buck if you turned it around?
These might be negative self-talk, lack of motivation, or poor time management. Once you figure this out, you’re ready to create your affirmations.
Creating Positive Affirmations
Now that you’ve figured out your top priority to work on, you’re going to create 3-5 affirmations for it.
Feel free to invent your own but if you find yourself having trouble writing your own, don’t worry about it. There are thousands of affirmations you can find online. Make a list of the ones you like and then choose a couple that make you feel good when you read them.
If you decide to write your own, keep the 4 “Ps” in mind.
These four Ps are:
1) Your affirmation needs to be “positive”.
Your affirmation must be what you want rather than what you don’t want.
Let’s say you want to eat healthy food. If your affirmation is, “I don’t eat unhealthy food,” it won’t work.
Instead, your affirmation would be “I eat healthy foods”.
2) Your affirmation needs to be stated in the “present” tense.
State your affirmation as if it is already accomplished. This engages your imagination in the attraction mode.
For example, use the present tense, “I eat healthy food each day”, instead of the future tense, “I will eat healthy food each day”, a statement that is in the future tense.
This will pull you toward your goal.
3) Your affirmation needs to be “personal”.
Your affirmation can never be about someone else’s behavior. It needs to be about you.
You don’t have any control over other people or things. That’s why creating an affirmation like, “My spouse gets along better with me” won’t work.
Instead, an affirmation such as “I spend 20 minutes a day listening to my spouse” is something YOU can DO.
Remember, you only have control over yourself.
4) When saying your affirmation, involve your “physiology”.
Just saying an affirmation such as “I am positively moving toward my goals” is helpful. But when you involve your physiology, you put your affirmation on steroids.
So instead of just mumbling your positive affirmation to yourself, walk around the room pumping your fists into the air while repeating your affirmation loudly aloud.
This will solidly anchor your positive affirmation in your mind.
Examples of Positive Affirmations
Here are some examples of affirmations:
Here are a few positive affirmations:
“I am worthy and capable of achieving my goals.”
“I am confident in myself and my abilities.”
“I am deserving of love and respect.”
Here you might use:
“I am productive and focused on my goals.”
“I am disciplined and take action towards my dreams.”
“I am motivated and dedicated to my success.”
Fear of failure
These are some affirmations you can use:
“I embrace challenges and grow from my experiences.”
“I am capable of overcoming obstacles and achieving my dreams.”
“I trust in myself and my abilities to succeed.”
Remember, you can find thousands like these on the internet. Choose a few affirmations that resonate with you.
Different Ways to Use Positive Affirmations
There are several options to using positive affirmations. I recommend using them all.
Speak them aloud.
Record and listen to them.
Visualize yourself acting as if the affirmation were reality.
Repeat them to yourself silently.
Choose the method(s) that work for you. Remember, the key to success with affirmations is consistency, so, whichever way(s) you choose, make it a habit to practice it regularly.
Make Using Your Positive Affirmations a Habit
Use your affirmations throughout the day, but also put them in your schedule.
Set a time in your calendar called “alone time”. This is three to five minutes where you repeat your affirmations.
You can say them during normal alone time in your life, like in the shower, driving to work, your lunch break, driving home, or in bed at night. You can also say them aloud while looking at yourself in the mirror.
Start Using Positive Affirmations Today!
Affirmations can be an effective way to begin shifting your thought patterns. They are more effective if you structure them properly, focus them on your weaknesses, and you use them consistently.
Give affirmations a chance to work for you. Use the process you found here to create a few affirmations and then use them for 30 days.
I can almost guarantee you’ll notice a huge shift in your thinking and more happiness in your life.
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