Think for a moment about they things that you say about yourself. Do you stand in front of a mirror and say “I am fat”, “I am old” “I am ugly”, ” I have a big butt”, “I don’t like my nose”, etc? Humans are constantly putting themselves down and these thoughts run through our heads thousands of times a day, these are called NEGATIVE AFFIRMATIONS. What IF we were to reword, reframe, and/or rethink what we say about ourselves to become POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS? Well first we should dissect what an affirmation is. Armstrong (2012) states that,
Affirmations, really, are simple. They are you being in conscious control of your thoughts. They are short, powerful statements. When you say them or think them or even hear them, they become the thoughts that create your reality. Affirmations, then, are your conscious thoughts.
Research has shown that we have between 45,000 and 51,000 thoughts a day. That’s about 150 to 300 thoughts a minute. Research has also shown that for most people 80% of those thoughts are negative.
In essence, affirmations are what you think or affirm to be true either good or bad (of self). Over time however, all of the negative affirmations will rule your mind and lead a person to believe that they are not good enough. Food for thought here: I or I AM…are the two most powerful statements of a persons psyche. They describe who you believe you are and your emotions. Instead of saying I AM FAT- try saying I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM WORTHY, I LOVE MYSELF, etc, Once you begin to reword what you think of yourself your mindset will become more positive and this will help you turn negative experiences into positive situations.
As always in my blogs I share useful links for you to read more on the topic of discussion. Feel free to check them out and as usual feel free to ask questions 🙂
I like this particular link specifically because it breaks down affirmations and situations to create positive experiences 🙂
Here is another one that offers an EBOOK should you be interested.
This link offers a variety of information on affirmations by topic and is also a good read
I challenge each one of you to post at least 3 NEGATIVE AFFIRMATIONS that you continually process, and then I challenge each of you to REFRAME those thoughts into something POSITIVE – write them down, tape them to your mirror and look at them each morning and each evening and at the end of the week come back to the post and discuss the changes in your thought processes regarding how you feel about yourself. Remember to READ the links they will help you determine which AFFIRMATIONS are positive and negative.
Armstrong, S. (2012). What is an affirmation: They will change your life forever. Retrieved from the Boulder Coaching Academy Website: http://www.bouldercoachingacademy.com/affirmations/what-is-an-affirmation-they-will-change-your-life-forever/