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Day 16 - The Power of Positive Affirmations




In the Advent box today you’ve opened a wooden Christmas decoration with the positive affirmations – I am festive, I am merry, I am mindful.


You might be thinking, well I’m not sure that I am! But the point of positive affirmations is to program your mind with empowering thoughts and beliefs.


Positive affirmations have real power —when you practice them regularly, it can dramatically improve your mind and body.


They are so much more than feel-good quotes. Positive affirmations are short, positive statements ideally said on a daily basis to reprogram your mind to capture encouraging beliefs, habits, and thought patterns.


Your brain processes a significant amount of information every single second. So it takes everything you think and say literally. And when it does so, it takes the information and prepares you for the action that should immediately follow the thought — be it your emotions, behaviours, or even your physical well-being. That’s why it’s important to remember that your affirmations should be in the present tense, not the past or future.


For example, if you think to yourself, “I’m going to have an amazing time this weekend,” your brain essentially hears “amazing time” and starts making connections to prepare you for this amazing time.


Come up with your own affirmations!


Affirmations need to follow a specific formula. And as it turns out, our brains are pretty strict and straightforward about their linguistic rules. So here are the guidelines you’ll want to keep in mind:


1. Keep your affirmations in the present. Your brain will only ever optimally respond to positive present tense affirmations such as “I am calm.”  Hence, avoid using past or future tenses. If you see affirmations that say “I will…,” “I used to…,” or “I’m going to…,” then this is NOT an affirmation.


2. Only use positive words. “Don’t,” “can’t,” or “won’t” aren’t positively-inclined words, so steer clear of using them. For example, change “I won’t worry” to “I’m always calm.”


3. Speak your positive affirmation confidently as if it were true. Statements that contain words like “might” and “could” aren’t nearly as powerful as statements that contain words like “am” and “do”. For example, “I could be calm in every situation” is not as solid as “I am calm in every situation.”


Your brain will respond to this even if you secretly don’t believe it to be accurate. When you come across an affirmation that makes you squirm in discomfort, it’s a good sign that it’s exactly the affirmation you need to repeat.

If you’re not sure, here are a few great examples:

 

 

Work

·         I’m enthusiastic and excited about work.

·         I am a reliable trustworthy employee

·         I am well thought of by my coworkers

·         I further my career with every action I take.

·         My job brings me financial abundance.

·         I’m focused and productive at work.

Wellbeing

·         I’m enthusiastic about every second of my life.

·         Everyone sees how much joy and love I have for life.

·         My life is full of magic and joy.

·         I am following a healthy lifestyle

·         I value my health and wellbeing

·         I see the beauty in everything.

Love

·         I love myself.

·         I radiate love and others reflect love back to me.

·         Life is full of love and I find it everywhere I go.

·         I am worthy of a great loving partner

Confidence

·         I believe in myself.

·         My power is unlimited.

·         I’m grateful for my confidence in my abilities.

·         I’m worthy and value myself.

 

The Ultimate 3-Word Positive Affirmation

I am enough.

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