I believe in the power of positive thinking, and I love the power of “affirmations.” Affirmation, in this sense, refers to the making of a positive remark about yourself, whether you hold it in mind or speak it out loud. Effective affirmations are short, specific, and are stated in the present tense. They should be things that you can visualize, in your mind, as you speak them. When I find myself falling into negative, self-degrading thoughts, I recite one of my favorite affirmations: “I am beautiful, I am beautiful, dammit!”
When all is said and done, let’s remember to stay positive.
Susan Jeffers, author of “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” describes an affirmation as a strong, positive statement telling us that “all is well,” despite what the negativity of the mind may be saying to us. With constant repetition of an uplifting and soothing statement, the voice of doom and gloom that roams through our mind is replaced with thoughts of peace, power and love. Yes…all is well.
Here are a few examples of affirmations:
- My life has purpose.
- I am open to abundance.
- I am free of debt.
- I respect my abilities and always work to my full potential.
- It’s okay to be peaceful and ambitious at the same time.
Some simple steps to help come up with affirmations:
1) Pick a situation/goal/intention.
2) Say it in a positive, simple, present tense sentence.
3) Visualize and believe it
4) Relax and let it go!
Now, for the inevitable twist: I have found that it is not enough to simply say these affirmations; you have to do the work behind them, in order to reach fruition. For example, if you are going to say “I am free of debt,” you have to do the necessary steps to be debt free.
Be on the lookout for Part 3: If you can breathe, you can Meditate.