The Basics of Affirming
Ever since the pandemic hit India over eight months back, followed by an unprecedented lockdown, stress levels have been on the rise with 43 percent of Indians suffering from depression, according to a new study.
The year 2020 has been a rollercoaster year for the entire universe; everybody around us including ourselves has gone through some of the other kinds of stress, problem, etc, you name it.
But do you know the most suffered lot of people? They are the students of 10th and 12th grades of Indian schools. With the exam stress already hovering over their heads, the uninvited pandemic hit India during their exams, postponing them further. If that wasn’t a big problem, with the exams being canned for the year now, the dilemma of choosing a career path lies before them. But don’t you worry, we got you covered in this article titles ‘What after 10th/12th?’
Along with everything else in life, the most important thing for the students including everybody else is to be Staying Positive with Affirmations and to Stay Motivated.
Motivation is an important life skill. The reason it’s important is that every person on this earth is unique and has a purpose. To steward your purpose well, you must be motivated to work towards your goals which helps your dreams become a reality. If you want to achieve a depression-free life, you need to stop asking for permission. Therefore, motivation is important in life because it stops asking questions and aligns you to work towards your goals of living a depression-free life.
Motivation has made people do the unthinkable than curing a Depression is no big deal.
If Steve Jobs weren’t motivated to start Apple, you wouldn’t have a MacBook Air, iPhone, or iPad.
You wouldn’t be holding that designer handbag or be wearing those clothes if a designer weren’t motivated to turn their visualization into a realization.
Motivation can also help you personally to be the best you can be. This can have a positive effect on your confidence, relationships, and the community you live in.
A clear vision for life, and effective goals to realise that vision, are essential if you want to live your best life. However, goals and vision are only a dream unless you take consistent action to realise them. To make this consistent action, one requires motivation. Motivation rarely happens by accident, and when it does, it rarely stays for long. If one wants to experience the long-lasting motivation which will help him/her to stick to the goals, then he/she needs to work harder on it. No matter what goal is set, never lose sight of the need for motivation as it will be the one thing that will push one through the tough times.
The problem with negative thoughts is that they can become self-fulfilling prophecies. We talk ourselves into believing that we’re not good enough. And, as a result, these thoughts drag down our personal lives, our relationships, and our careers.
But, if we deliberately do the opposite and use positive thoughts(read Affirmations) about ourselves, the effect can be just as powerful but far more helpful.
WHAT ARE AFFIRMATIONS?
Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.
You might consider affirmations to be unrealistic “wishful thinking.” But try looking at positive affirmations this way: many of us do repetitive exercises to improve our physical health, and affirmations are like exercises for our mind and outlook. These positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think – and act – differently.
For example, evidence suggests that affirmations can help you to perform better at work. According to researchers, spending just a few minutes thinking about your best qualities before a high-pressure meeting – a performance review, for example – can calm your nerves, increase your confidence, and improve your chances of a successful outcome.
Self-affirmation may also help to mitigate the effects of stress. In one study, a short affirmation exercise boosted the problem-solving abilities of “chronically stressed” subjects to the same level as those with low stress.
What’s more, affirmations have been used to successfully treat people with low self-esteem, depression, and other mental health conditions. And they have been shown to stimulate the areas in our brains that make us more likely to affect positive changes regarding our health.
This latter study suggests that a stronger sense of self-worth makes you more likely to improve your own well-being. So, for example, if you’re worried that you eat too much and don’t get enough exercise, using affirmations to remind yourself of your values can spur you on to change your behaviour.
HOW AFFIRMING PHRASES KEEP YOU FOCUSED?
Affirmations are reminders to your unconscious mind to stay focused on your goals and to come up with solutions to challenges and obstacles that might get in the way.
They can also create higher vibrations for happiness, joy, appreciation, and gratitude that then, through the law of attraction, magnetize people, resources, and opportunities to come to you to help you achieve your goals.
HOW TO CREATE AFFIRMATIONS?
The daily use of positive affirmations interrupts and eventually totally replaces this barrage of negative thoughts and beliefs. To achieve this, you must continually flood your subconscious with thoughts and images of the new reality you wish to create.
I am going to share with you two sets of guidelines for creating powerful daily affirmations that work—the long-form and the short form.
Here are the eight guidelines for creating effective affirming statements,
- Start with the words “I am.” These are the two most powerful words in the English language.
- Use the present tense.
- State it in the positive. Affirm what you want, not what you don’t want.
- Keep it brief.
- Make it specific.
- Include an action word ending with –ing.
- Include at least one dynamic emotion or feeling word.
- Make affirmations for yourself, not others.
SIX DAILY AFFIRMATION GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW
By using the guidelines found below, you can transform basic affirmations into mantras for manifesting a huge change in your life!
The following points are key:
1. Enter the “now”
Start your affirmation by entering the present tense. Take the condition you desire and declare it to be already true.
2. Be positive
Our sample affirmation keeps the focus on smoking—the condition that you do not want. Instead, shine a light on what you do want—to be smoke-free.
A related reminder: Our subconscious mind skips the word not. So, delete this word from your affirmations. “I am not afraid of public speaking” gives us the message that you are afraid. Use, “I feel at ease as I speak in public.”
3. Be concise
Shorter is better. Affirmations with fewer words are often easier to recall, especially in situations when you feel some stress. Rhyming makes your affirmations even more memorable.
For example, “I am feeling alive at 185.”
4. Include action
Whenever possible, affirm yourself as a person who takes action. For example: “I am gratefully driving my new Porsche along an open highway.”
Action engages the Law of Attraction, creating new results in our lives and opening us to further inspiration.
5. Include a feeling word
Powerful affirmations include content and emotion. Content describes the specific outcome that you desire. Emotion gets to the heart of how you feel about that outcome. For a more potent affirmation, add both elements.
6. Communicate with yourself
Communicating with oneself is the most important thing throughout the process of affirming oneself.
LIST OF AFFIRMATIONS
10 Positive Affirmations for Work
These positive affirmations can help you clarify and obtain your career goals.
If you’re looking to improve your overall job performance, find a new job, change careers, or even improve relationships with clients and co-workers, you can use the affirmations below.
- I further my career with every action I take.
- I have my dream job.
- I love every day that I work.
- My career brings me closer to my family.
- My job brings me financial abundance.
- My co-workers love being around me.
- My boss values the work I do.
- I am a valued employee.
- My clients appreciate and value my work.
- I attract new clients every day.
10 Positive Affirmations for Love
Whether you want to improve the romantic relationship you’re already in, or you want to attract your soulmate, positive affirmations can prepare and guide you towards healthy, happy partnerships.
- I radiate love and others reflect love back to me.
- I am loving and lovable.
- I am attractive.
- My romantic relationship is healthy, long-lasting, and full of love.
- My partner is kind, compassionate, and understanding.
- My partner is very physically and spiritually attracted to me.
- I am with my soulmate and we share a life full of love.
- Life is full of love and I find it everywhere I go.
- My relationship is divine, and my partner and I are perfectly matched.
10 Positive Affirmations for Daily Life
Who doesn’t want every day to be filled with happiness and excitement for life?
That attitude may seem hard to come by right now, but practice some of these daily affirmations and watch how they transform your everyday experiences.
- I wake up happy and excited every single day.
- Each day of my life is filled with joy and love.
- I am enthusiastic about every second of my life.
- Everything I do is fun, healthy, and exciting.
- I am a beacon of love and compassion.
- Everyone sees how much joy and love I have for life.
- I crave new, healthy experiences.
- All my relationships are positive and filled with love and compassion.
- I see others as good people who are trying their best.
- I find opportunities to be kind and caring everywhere I look
ACTION ITEM: CREATE NEW POSITIVE STATEMENTS FOR YOURSELF
Write down 3 affirmations for yourself that affirm you having already achieved 3 of your goals and dreams.
Then, write down the time of day that you will commit to practicing your affirmations. Is it when you wake up in the morning? Before you go to sleep?
Mid-day when you need a pick-me-up?
Or maybe after your daily meditation when your subconscious mind is primed?
And to hold yourself accountable, go ahead and leave a comment below with your chosen time of day. I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re staying on track!