Lynn is a Human Resource Manager, who enjoys spending her time with her family and developing ways to live a happier more positive life.
The definition for affirming in the Meriam Webster dictionary means to validate, confirm; state positively.
The way we see ourselves is the way others will perceive us as well. We need to start focusing on changing the negative self-talk and start focusing on believing we can achieve anything.
Affirmations will help to build your self-confidence and see your own self-worth. Positive thinking can lead to a more positive lifestyle.
We have a tendency to focus on the negative things in our life. When we continuously do this we trick ourselves into believing it is true. We are self-sabotaging without it realizing it.
If I say to myself "I do not deserve the promotion, I'm not smart enough". This is lowering my self-confidence and I am sabotaging my chances of the promotion.
Why are we so hard on ourselves?
We critique every aspect of our lives and we tear ourselves down. Why? We are afraid others will and if we're already at our lowest they can't bring us down further.
No insult from others will hurt us any more than we have already hurt ourselves.
Negative thoughts directed at yourself can put you in a depressed mood as well as lower your self-esteem.
How To Start
There are very few rules when it comes to doing your morning affirmations. It will depend on what is going on in your life at that specific point in time. I will recommend that you do them while standing in front of the mirror, look yourself in the eye and it will feel more concrete. You can repeat the affirmations once or as many times as you would like.
In the morning take 5 minutes to say your affirmations, this will set the tone for the day.
You should always start your affirmations with "I am.." or at least always use the present tense. When stating your affirmations stay away from words like "Don't " or "Can't". Make sure that your affirmation is relevant to what you want in your life, relationship, money, career or diet.
I have listed a few of the ones I started with below, these help to build my confidence and gives me a positive start to my day
- I am successful.
- I am beautiful inside and out.
- I am kind.
- I am confident.
- I am the key to my own happiness.
- I am enough.
- I am the best me I can be.
- I am creating the life of my dreams.
- I am grateful for all that I have.
- I choose to be positive.
- I follow my diet meticulously.
- I have all I need.
- I am wealthy.
Your affirmations will change as your needs do and as you customize them to your day. I know you will feel silly at first, as did I, however, you will see a difference in how your days start to go.
The most important rule you need to remember though is to Believe in everything you are telling yourself.
Everything starts with one thought if we tell ourselves every day how amazing we are we will start to believe it.
Positive thoughts in the morning will help shape your day, you may be more focused, driven and happier. The outlook you have on life will improve and how you see yourself will improve. In turn, this will change how others see you.
Try this exercise for one week and see how your self-confidence changes, your thoughts start to improve and yes you will smile a little more. The only thing you have to lose is the feeling of being unworthy.
Do not anticipate trouble,or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight ~
— Benjamin Franklin
Lynn H Johnson (author) from New York on January 23, 2019:
Thank you Ralph for taking the time to read the article !
Ralph Thomas on January 23, 2019:
Lynn H Johnson (author) from New York on January 15, 2019:
I appreciate you taking the time to read it!
Ricky Ben1900 on January 15, 2019:
such a good article and thought full. i really enjoyed reading this.