Listen to the words that run through your head on a daily, no… hourly basis. Our brains are constantly assessing what’s going on around us and commenting. It’s a running dialogue, so constant we aren’t even consciously aware of the stream of thoughts. For many of us, the dialogue is a mixed bag, some very positive and uplifting commentary, and others self-deprecating, negative and undermining, especially as it pertains to our dreams, goals and desires.
Take notice of your thoughts, the words you speak. Do you speak kindly of yourself? Or are you full of negative self-talk? Have you noticed that some of the thoughts are not new? They’ve been circling around your head over and over again for years! Some of them may not even be true anymore, but you’re so conditioned by now that you keep repeating it.
One way to turn negative self-talk around is to work with affirmation statements to replace the worn out, negative tape that’s playing in your head. Thoughts such as “I can’t do this…” , “I not smart enough to…”, “I’m too broke to…” can be replaced with positive words to start transforming your view of life and how you play in the world.
Affirmations – definitions from Dictionary.com: the assertion that something exists or is true; something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already true. It can be general or very specific. “I can’t do this…” can be changed to “I can do anything I put my mind to”. “I’m not smart enough to…” can be changed to “I’m smart and capable of accomplishing…”, “I’m too broke” to “Every day I’m becoming more financially prosperous.” You get the idea.
Some pointers to be aware of:
- Phrase your statements in the most positive way. Affirm what you DO want, not what you DON’T want.
- K.I.S.S. – Keep it Short and Simple. Make it a clear, strong statement that connects with you emotionally.
- Remember this is a process. It will take time to make the shift. Be gentle with yourself however be persistent in taking every opportunity to begin creating a more positive experience.
Now pick one particularly nagging thought and come up with your own affirmation. It’s got to resonate with you in order for this to work. Then recite it regularly, make it your screensaver, post it where you can see it daily, write it down and carry it with you. Every time you see it or your fingers touch it will be a reminder of your new attitude!
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