On to a new topic! There has been lots and lots of talk lately about affirmations, what are they, how can we use them, what do they do? In the next couple of weeks we will talk about that, practice writing some and using them to help our mental and emotional outlook. So lets get started!
What is positive affirmation?
Positive affirmations are those encouraging words you tell yourself when you want to boost your morale or you simply want to energize yourself into doing something you desire. That little voice you talk to when you want to do something and you debate with when you doubt that you are capable of doing something is all part of positive affirmation.
Every word you say to boost your performance and thoughts are actually positive affirmation. Your positive affirmation reflects the thoughts and beliefs you may have obtained or formed when you were a child. However, they may no longer be appropriate for you now.
An example would be a failure experienced when you were still young. You cannot let this experience sabotage your success now because such thought and experience may no longer be appropriate for you considering a lot of factors that has influenced your life from that timeline.
By using words of encouragement or positive affirmations to modify your views on failure you are able to instill in the subconscious mind the necessary positive changes that you need to overcome fear of failure. And by barraging the subconscious mind into believing that you can do it you are slowly washing away that old negative mindset and paving the way for a new outlook.
Positive affirmations can come in the form of positive statements, usually short, and which aims to challenge the negative beliefs you have about yourself. These daily affirmations are meant to replace the negative beliefs that undermine your belief in yourself.
Every person encounters negative thoughts everyday; some negative thoughts are mild and do not really produce serious effects. However, there are negative thoughts that prevent you from achieving your dreams and even from living a good life. Some negative thoughts can even affect your performance at work and even the way you deal with your relationships.
Positive affirmations lead your subconscious mind into believing the opposite of the negative thoughts that pervade your mind. It is just like brainwashing only this time, you can choose which perception to change.
Negative thoughts are the most common source of emotional baggage that causes bitterness and discontent. By using positive affirmation to change these thoughts you increase your chances of becoming successful and of leading a happy life.
With positive affirmation to bolster your self-image, nothing can hold you back into becoming what you want to become and what you hope to achieve.