As I’m typing this it’s 8.12am, I’m sat in my dressing gown butt naked, hair in top knot, black coffee by my side, because after two days of feeling ‘meh’, partly due to not being able to train/ needing a break, I’ve not had much focus. When I dragged my butt out of bed this morning, I decided that enough was enough and that only I can snap myself out of this ‘meh’ mood. Side note here: it’s totally okay to have these sorts of days in your life, and to feel low – it’s what makes the highs, high, after all – but personally I do not like to allow them to continue – and today is that day.
You might have heard of affirmations before or you might have not. I discovered them over a year ago and have been practising them ever since. I’ll admit that they do not happen every day – perhaps this needs to be a 30 day goal of mine – who’d be game for this? 30 days of positivity? I’m going off topic, but let me know if you are.
Positive affirmations empower you, helping you visualise and believe in what you’re affirming to yourself, to make a positive change in your life.
Who here’s had self-destructive, negative thoughts before? *everyone puts up hands* Whether it be out of fear of change, a new venture, not feeling good enough to try a new class or wear that dress you so want to wear, or freaking out about presenting to your team at work in fear of being judged. The most important thing to remind ourselves is that ‘our thoughts are not facts’. This is one of the most powerful quotes. Thoughts are purely things that come in to our heads, our imaginations – more often than not playing out the worse case scenario, when in reality the chance of that happening is so slim it’s not worth our time – yet we give it time and THIS is where positive affirmations step in… (wow I’m getting passionate here).
Think of it this way – like we train our bodies, repping out the squats and bicep curls – girls curl right? If not, add it to your training plan – affirmations are like an exercise for our mind. Repeating these positive thoughts out loud may seem strange at first, but over time repeating these positive affirmations can start to impact how we think and act.
As you all know, I’m a straight talking kind of person, and it’s important to point out that they may not work for everyone and that’s fine, but they sure as hell work for me, which is why I want to share my personal experience with you and perhaps even encourage you to create your own set of positive affirmations – give it a whirl!
How to create your own affirmations
Start by noting down the areas of your life you want to change or improve – perhaps you want to be more productive at work or feel good enough within yourself? Then for each of these come up with a short positive present-tense statement that you can repeat to yourself several times a day.
Form your set of affirmations in the present-tense as if they’re already happening as this will help you to believe that what you are saying is true right now.
Repeat your affirmations to yourself daily – whether in your head or out loud – say them with conviction and feeling. I actually find shouting them whilst in the car or saying them to myself out loud as I walk highly effective. Start by saying them at a similar time each day and also when you feel you are starting to have negative thoughts or behaviour.
Examples of positive affirmations
I am strong and fearless
I am enough
I’m grateful for the body I have
I am successful
I am confident with my decisions
Affirmations are not a magic pill to positivity, but what they can do when used alongside other mindset techniques is give you the POWER to believe in yourself!
I’d love to hear if any of you have or considered creating your own set of positive affirmations? I hope you’ve been able to take something away from this spontaneous post, and please do leave me a comment if you have any questions – I’m always happy to help where I can. Time for me to shower – over and out!