Personal Affirmations

Personal Affirmations

Science has shown that the words we say to ourselves wield immense power in shaping our outcomes. As Stephen R. Covey put it, “Next to physical survival, the greatest need of human beings is psychological survival—to be understood, affirmed, validated, and appreciated.” And those positive psychological experiences don’t have to solely come from external sources. Imagine the benefits of truly understanding, affirming, validating, and appreciating yourself!

Affirmations are the positive verbal or mental statements we use in response to situations or emotions. They help us tackle challenges and motivate us to make choices in our best interests. In essence, affirmations are about thinking better. The thoughts we carry shape our perspective on the world and ourselves, guiding our actions, choices, and life’s direction. So, it’s of paramount importance that we select the right words to create the right thoughts for ourselves.

Consider these examples: “I trust that I am on the right path,” “I am creatively inspired by the world around me,” “I trust myself to make the right decision,” “I am learning valuable lessons from myself every day,” and “I am at peace with who I am as a person.” These statements reflect affirmations that can reinforce your core values, strengthen your sense of self-worth, and enhance your ability to handle life’s ups and downs.

For the most powerful impact, create affirmations with personal significance, avoiding stock phrases. Crafting your affirmations begins with identifying your goals, desires, and core values, and then translating them into positive statements grounded in realism. For example, instead of stating, “I will be the company president in five years,” opt for more practical affirmations like “I take daily steps to advance my career.” and “I enjoy the process of becoming a dynamic leader.” Moreover, it’s beneficial to customize your affirmations to specific situations that arise, providing on-the-spot motivation for impromptu challenges.

Most affirmations employ the present tense, often commencing with phrases like “I can” or “I am.” However, their focus should generally be on the future you desire. Future-oriented affirmations anchor the speaker in the present, creating an illusion of reality while motivating them to act toward their goals. For instance, an individual aiming to lose weight might adopt the future-focused affirmation, “I choose healthy foods to nourish my body and mind.” To be effective, a positive affirmation should make the user feel that it’s already happening and inspire action toward achieving their goals. 

In the grand game of life, personal affirmations are your secret playbook, giving you the strength and determination to conquer each day with an unwavering belief in yourself. It’s time to engage in an exercise of useful self-dialogue. It’s time to rise above those occasional negative mumbles and engage in a positive conversation with yourself. After all, your inner voice—regardless of whether it echoes the wisdom of others—is the loudest one in your head.

3 Replies to “Personal Affirmations”

  1. Yes! The power of our words to create, has been on my mind today, before I read this inspiration. This post reminds me to use my words carefully and intentionally with others and also with myself. Thank you for this reminder.

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