What if I told you that there was one thing you could do in the morning that took less than 5 minutes and had the power to completely transform your life?
That’s right, I’m talking about AFFIRMATIONS! Powerful daily affirmations that will fundamentally rewire the way that you think.
Change your thoughts = change your life. Mindset is everything. And affirmations are deceptively simple. Maybe they seem TOO simple. Pretty much everyone has heard of affirmations, but a lot of people dismiss them outright as nonsense.
So maybe it’s time to put your skepticism aside and give them a try. After all, you have nothing to lose, and SO SO MUCH to gain.
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What You Say to Yourself Matters
Affirmations may seem strange if you haven’t tried them before. You’ll probably feel silly talking to yourself in the mirror. But the truth is, you’re probably already talking to yourself all the time. I know I constantly have a stream of consciousness narration running through my head. And sometimes I can be pretty dang mean to myself.
If you hear the same thing over and over again, you’re eventually going to start to believe it. If what you’re hearing is negative, then… well, it’s going to have a negative effect on your self-esteem. And having low self-esteem can have a negative effect on every part of your life.
It’s not only what you say to yourself that’s important. It also matters how you view yourself.
Use Affirmations to Change the Conversation
You can use affirmations to change the tone of your conversations with yourself. So you can change your core beliefs about yourself into ones that help you instead of hindering you. Your job is to change the negative barrage into a constant pep talk. And the cool thing about affirmations is that they work with your brain’s natural wiring.
You can shape the quality of the thoughts that you are constantly bombarding yourself with. Now, they won’t change overnight. As anyone who has ever tried meditation knows, thoughts are not easy to control. But with constancy and commitment, they WILL change.
And it’s worth the effort! Changing your habitual thought patterns will have a cascading effect on your entire mindset and outlook, which will, in turn, affect everything else in your life.
No matter what, you are going to have bad days sometimes. It’s just a normal part of life. But you don’t have to suffer through in silence.
How Affirmations Work
Affirmations are a tool that you can use to rewire your own brain. Affirmations work by using the natural reward circuits in our brains.
Your brain is composed of billions of neurons, which work together to perform everything that your brain does. The more often a certain group of neurons works together, the stronger that pathway gets. So if you think something over and over again, that particular pathway gets reinforced in the brain over and over.
Affirmations can literally rewire the way that your brain views yourself and processes the world around you, and therefore drastically transform your mindset.
Benefits of Daily Affirmations
Some of the benefits of daily affirmations are:
- Alter self-beliefs
- Boost self-esteem
- Increase focus
- Increase awareness of own thoughts
- Catch negative thought patterns sooner when they creep up
- Foster an optimistic life outlook
- Change your habitual thought patterns
- Decrease stress
- Increase optimism
Why should you do affirmations in the morning? Well, your morning sets the tone for the whole rest of the day. By making morning affirmations a part of your daily ritual, you are deliberately choosing the lens through which the rest of your day is viewed. Start your day off right by doing your affirmations.
When saying affirmations, remember:
- Take a few deep breaths before you start
- Look yourself in the eyes (this can be harder than it sounds!)
- Speak out loud
- FEEL what you are saying, don’t just say the words
- Repeat each affirmation 3-5 times
That’s it! The whole thing should take you less than 5 minutes. But taking that 5 minutes first thing in the morning to do affirmations can have a lasting effect on your entire day.
5 Powerful Daily Affirmations
5 powerful affirmations to say every day:
- I have a peaceful mind and a grateful heart.
- I am letting go of all that no longer serves me
- My life is filled with beauty and opportunities.
- I will be kind to myself and others today.
- I accomplish anything I focus on.
All you have to do is ACTUALLY use them. Which should be the easiest part, but let’s be honest. There’s a reason “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is a thing that people say.
NO EXCUSES! Put those affirmations on a note on your mirror and make them a part of your morning routine.
You owe it to yourself to take 5 minutes every morning to transform your life.