If there is one thing I believe in the power of, it is speaking daily affirmations over myself. I truly believe that daily affirmations have the power to change your life. This is why I try to make a conscious effort to take 5-10 minutes per day to speak them over myself. They turn your “I cant’s” into “I can’s” and your negatives into positives.
For me personally, I like to speak my affirmations over myself first thing in the morning. This is done either while I am doing my makeup, having a shower, drinking my morning green smoothie, you name it! The one thing I do, do while I speak them however, is take a few seconds to ponder on what I have just spoken over myself, so that I really feel it, rather than just speaking these things out as if I were a robot. In my opinion, daily affirmations are exercise for your mind. The more consistent you are with them, the more likely you are going to see and experience the benefits.
Every so often we can find ourselves stuck in a rut about something. Whether it be how we feel about ourselves, others, our emotions, work, goals, or life in general. We are all human and this happens to everyone from time to time. The most important thing though, is knowing how to get yourself unstuck when we are faced with these challenges. I personally have found myself stuck in many ruts over the years. Especially in my late teens – early twenties. Then one day I stumbled across a YouTube video which spoke about daily affirmations.
This was the first time I have ever heard of affirmations and I became intrigued, so I watched more and more videos until I came to the point where I wanted to try it for myself. I must admit initially I felt a bit silly standing in front of my mirror saying things to myself like “I am happy” and “I have a great life” but I soon realised that the silliness I felt was the discomfort of detoxing negative beliefs I had been carrying. Once I came to this realisation, before I knew it I no longer felt as though I needed to speak this over myself because I had come to a place in my life when I was just genuinely happy and loved the life that I am living.
The beauty in affirmations is when I first started speaking daily affirmations over myself I was only using them to gain control over my emotions and happiness, but as time went on I came to realise I could use affirmations for any area of my life. Whether it be wanting to exercise more, sleep better, be more grateful, gain employment, or achieve a goal. There are no limits when it comes to daily affirmations!
Lets say you are without a job and you want to gain employment. An example of the sort of affirmation you could speak over yourself is as simple as “I am employed”. I personally, however like to feel and sound a bit more cheerful and thankful, so you could also say “I am employed in a job that I love”, or say you are going through a phase where you feel a bit negative and unhappy. You could say “I am a happy and positive person”.
Let me clear up how to speak the affirmations out. The trick you see, is declaring the affirmations as if they have already come to pass and into fruition. So lets say for example that you are currently unemployed and seeking employment or feeling unhappy. Examples of what not to say if you are unemployed, or feeling negative and unhappy is “I am going to be employed” and “I am going to feel happy and positive”. Speaking affirmations over yourself in this way only sends the message that you do not have what you want and that what you want is still in the future.
The truth is that your circumstances will stay this way unless you start acting as if you already have what you want. This can be hard at first but like a muscle, the more your work at it the stronger you will become, so instead you could say “I am thankful that I am currently employed in a job that I love” and “I am a happy person and the thoughts that I think only uplift me.”.
I encourage you to remain consistent with this practice and you will soon discover for yourself the power that lays within your own words and how you can truly make drastic positive changes in your life with this one simple technique.