December 18, 2020 | by Livv Mills | This post may contain affiliate links
“One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement be true or false. It comes to be the dominating thought in one’s mind.” - Robert Collier
Ah affirmations…The positive, mind-clearing mantras that help us drown out the 50,000+ negative thoughts that creep into our subconscious daily….according to science :)
Like the rest of us, you aren’t 1000% immune to the self-loathing, doubtful notions taking up residence in your brain.
However, there are ways to decrease those nasty thoughts...
One of the best ways to evict said thoughts are to have positive and uplifting tenants to take their place!
Welcome home Affirmations! Come on in!
Now before you sign on the dotted line, let’s get a few details ironed out when it comes to affirmations.
What They Are Not
Affirmations are not a “get well quick” cure-all for your thoughts and emotions. They also aren’t a genie in a bottle that’s going to make all of your wildest dreams come true…although I think we all hope that would happen :)
Think of affirmations as a daily exercise for your mind.
We practice negative thoughts constantly…without even thinking about it; they are simply a natural part of our daily routine.
The crazy thing about it is that these negative thoughts are usually over exaggerations or LIES we tell ourselves about who we are, what we want, and what we are willing to do.
Now with this logic, we should easily be able to subtract the negative, add in the positive and ultimately equal out to a balanced and well adjusted person…
Affirming yourself is a skill that you must continue to practice every single day.
But why does this seem like such a laborious task?
Well, as psychologists understand it, humans naturally have what’s called a “negativity bias.”
This means that we feel the “sting” of pain (negativity) more intensely than we feel the bliss of pleasure (positivity).
As humans we tend to:
React and respond to negative comments or opinions more than positive ones.
Recall more negative experiences while having more positive ones.
Be more attentive to negative events or stories than positive ones
Learn more from negative results than positive outcomes
“It is the ‘bad things’ that grab out attention, stick to our memories, and in many cases, influence the decisions that we make.” - VeryWellMind.com
It is so much harder to recite the positive things because we are engineered to keep ourselves safe from danger. Well, we aren’t living in the stone ages anymore and we no longer have to look over our shoulders just in case that hoard of wildebeests comes charging our way.
Clearly, over time, we have evolved into more intelligent, safe and secure human beings, however, we haven't quite naturally evolved our way of thinking.
This will take time and practice....but trust me...practice makes nearly perfect.
How Affirmations Have Worked For Me
Notions of self doubt and fear have plagued me my entire life. I was anxious, directionless, and lost and it took a lot of self-discovery and journaling to help me get out of such a dark place.
Affirming myself daily helped me eliminate negative and defeatist self-talk so that I could finally feel the way I should feel every single day…
Proud of who I am.
How You Can Make the Most Out of Affirmations
There is no blueprint for using affirmations, however, in order to get the most out of them and begin dismantling your negativity bias there are a few things you must do in addition to reciting affirmations:
Feel your feelings…all emotions are apart of the human experience
Stop the unfounded lies aka the negative self talk
Journal your thoughts and emotions
Create your own affirmations
Make your affirmations apart of your daily routine
Affirmations are such a personal practice and although there are a lot of stock affirmations swimming around the inter webs, I am a firm believer that you should build your own.
Because no one knows your journey better than you.
So to get you started, I have included 8 Daily Affirmations that you can add to any morning, evening, or self-care routine.
The best part is that these are affirmations you can create yourself and make them personal to who you are and your journey!
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