There's been a lot of buzz around "positive affirmations!" But what are they? And do they really work? Stick around to find out!
What are positive affirmations?
Positive affirmations help you challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and self-deprecating beliefs and thoughts. Although you may not truly believe your positive affirmations at first, the point is to continue affirming them to yourself until you do believe them.
Positive affirmations, when you continuously repeat them to yourself, begin to change the way you think. When your thoughts become more positive, your life will shift for the better.
Here's an example: Let's say you're unemployed. You believe that you don't have much value to bring to the job market, and you think it's going to be really hard to find a job. When you do finally find a job, you think it won't be that great.
Let's use positive affirmations to change the narrative. When these negative thoughts creep in, start to repeat the positive affirmations to yourself. For example: I have a great value in the job market. Any employer would be lucky to hire me. Opportunities find me effortlessly and easily. When I do find a job, it'll be one that I love, it'll earn me good money, and it'll use all my skills.
Again, when you first start repeating these positive affirmations, they may feel like a stretch. You may be thinking, This won't work. But if you have negative thoughts about your positive affirmations, then challenge them with more positive affirmations, for example, Positive affirmations work. They're changing my life, and I can't wait to see the shifts.
Benefits of Positive Affirmations
Earlier, I said that positive affirmations change your whole life. But how?
They relieve stress, release you from anxiety, motivate you, force you to concentrate, change negative thought patterns to positive ones, influence your subconscious mind, help you feel positive, and increase your self confidence.
How to Use Positive Affirmations
While you can write down notes with positive affirmations and leave them for yourself, the best way to use positive affirmations is to repeat them whenever a negative thought crosses your mind. When negativity creeps its way in your mind, challenge those thoughts by using positive affirmations.
I'll add some examples of positive affirmations, but the best way to make them effective is to flip your negative thoughts into positive ones. If you have the thought, "I'll never be successful," then you want to tell yourself, "I am worthy success." It's as simple as that.
But here are some of my favorite positive affirmations:
I deserve to live a life full of happiness, abundance, and prosperity.
Good things naturally happen for me.
Opportunities are constantly chasing me.
Of course, feel free to put your own spin on positive affirmations! Make a list of things you want to be true, and then continuously repeat them until they are!
Change your life for the better.
When it comes to well-being, it's so important to focus on the quality of your thoughts. Are they making you feel stressed and anxious? If they are, then it's time for you to work towards changing your thoughts. Change your thoughts, and you'll change your life!