Here is the latest post from Sarah at Creating Contentment, it is all about using affirmations to help increase your positive mindset and make sure that your self-talk is not negative and increase your confidence. I have used various affirmations – but my favourite one at the moment is “She believed she could… and so she DID”, I find this to be very powerful and motivating. Please read on and let us know what you think of this post – I love it, and am so appreciative of the tips that Sarah has included. Find something that works for you, and use it. The best part is one day, you suddenly realise that you believe it!
Today, I am sharing something that I have learnt.
It is possible to use affirmations to increase your positivity.
Now, in hindsight, I can see that this lesson was rather obvious, but I had to learn it through doing. Just like it is impossible to tell a women about the hardships of mothering before her first birth, some lessons need to be leant by experiencing them first hand.
Despite this, I am going to try and share what I learnt with you. I want YOU to know that you can use affirmations to be more positive. I am hoping that you trust me enough to try my suggestions. I hope that your confidence in me is enough that you will stop listening to your internal voice telling you that you are not enough, and put your faith in mine instead.
My message is this: using affirmations CAN make you feel better!
I use affirmations daily. Not in the formal way of looking in a mirror and talking to yourself. I have tried this, but felt too awkward and silly. Feelings of embarrassment are not conductive to voicing affirmations. Affirmations need to be believed. Therefore, when using affirmations, speak naturally. You need to believe that you are speaking the truth. And that the truth comes with the conviction of a kind friend.
Affirmations are simple statements that enhances your creative power for change. Writing your own affirmations can bring clarity to your thoughts allowing you to focus on what you really want. Speaking the words aloud allows your body to have the sensation of speaking, hearing and feeling the words as you say them. And, your feelings become engrossed in these sensations. Use your emotions to bring further life to your affirmations.
Or, meditate on your affirmations, like I do. Repeat the phrase over and over, feeling the words in your entire body. I try and visualise the ‘truth’ of the words and what that would look like for me.
Affirmations are personal. They should reflect your wants, your dreams, what you need from your life. That said, some of my favourite affirmations are vague enough to be relevant to many people. So, because YOU are wonderful, I shall share some of them with you.
I am beautiful.
I am worthy of exercise.
I am strong enough to do what is needed of me.
I am grounded on and supported by this earth.
I am safe and secure. All that I need will be provided for me.
I choose to make healthy choices.
I am healing. I am healed.
I am willing to believe that I can forgive.
I believe I can be happy.
I choose to stand tall and be proud.
I am actively creating my own contentment.
I am loved.
You need to believe the affirmation that you use. If you cannot believe the statement “I am beautiful”, change it to “I am willing to believe that I am beautiful”, or “I can choose to be beautiful”. Change the language of the statement so to make it more believable. Notice the variations of language that I use on my affirmations above. Some statements I am still distancing myself from, so that I can still believe in the truth of the statement. And that is ok. Like everything, this is a journey towards my improvement. If I was already ‘better’, there would be no need of improvement now would there? Start where you are, and take a small step … in any direction. That direction IS forward. And you, my friend, are worthy of betterment.
Perhaps one of these could be your first affirmation?
1. “I am willing to believe that I am worthy of betterment” or
2. “I believe that I am worthy of betterment” or
3. “I am worthy of betterment”.
What level/ number/ stage are you at, for this affirmation?
Do you like the affirmations I use? Are there any there that you could believe if you told them to yourself? Will you start telling yourself affirmations?
I would love to know if you already use affirmations, what words you tell yourself. Please leave a comment and let me know.