Inside: A list of positive affirmations you can use to improve your mindset and start your day right.
Do you struggle to maintain a positive mindset? If so, I can relate. For years, I struggled with the ups and downs of my mindset. It was a long time before I realized how closely my thoughts were tied to my performance; in school, in sports, in jobs, and even relationships.
The thoughts you have about yourself and your life really do matter. And believe me, you do have the power to control your thinking.
You’ve got to have the right mindset if you want a better life. But you can’t get there if you bombard yourself with negative thoughts.
If you do struggle with negative thinking patterns, one of the best ways to overcome negative thinking is to use a list of positive affirmations that you can refer to daily.
I know, it sounds super cheesy if you’ve never done it. And initially, using words of affirmation can feel awkward and weird. But think of it as mind training. For a lot of us, it’s second nature to give ourselves a beat down:
- I’m going to mess up.
- I can’t do anything right.
- I’m an idiot.
- This is too hard.
- I’m going to look stupid.
- I can’t do it.
- My ideas are terrible.
- I’m such a loser.
Sound familiar? Are you guilty of talking to yourself like this? Often, without even realizing it?
Think about it. You’re actually using daily affirmations already. You’re just using negative affirmations instead of positive affirmations.
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Overcome Negative Thinking
If you tell yourself something often enough, you’ll eventually start to believe it.
Think about this: When children grow up hearing “they’re no good” and that they “can’t do anything right” from adults, they often end up believing that it’s the truth.
The concept is the same for the things we say to ourselves. If we tell ourselves we are going to fail or can’t get things right, there’s a pretty good chance we’re going to start really believing it on a deep level.
So why not change the script? Instead of beating yourself up, why not build yourself up?
You can start by proactively thinking more positive thoughts and using powerful positive affirmations on a daily basis.
How to Practice Positive Thinking
If positive thinking and daily affirmations are new for you, just check out some books on the power of your mindset and how positive thinking can benefit you. There are so many out there.
The first mindset book I ever read was “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. My terrible attitude was taking a toll on my relationship with my then-boyfriend. He told me my glass was “half-full.”
(I mean, the nerve.)
Turns out, he was right. And if one good thing came out of that relationship, it was this introduction to the concept of positive thinking and how I managed my thoughts and my mindset.
Let’s be real. Just because you practice positive thinking and use daily affirmations doesn’t mean you believe that everything is rainbows and unicorns.
Exhibiting positive outlook doesn’t mean that there aren’t tough times, sad times or unwelcome change. It doesn’t mean your living in la-la land. It just means you approach with an upbeat outlook and expect good outcomes.
To deal with inevitable life changes, one oldie but goodie from my past is “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
I read this book in my 20s during my ad agency days. At the time, many things were shifting both on the account I worked on and within our agency.
It made me angry, annoyed, and quite frankly, I was resistant. This book gave great advice on staying positive and open during inevitable change, and how to make the most of it as best I could.
And when you need a big push, I highly recommend “The Art of Living,” by Bob Proctor.
Back in 2015, while work in sales, I was having a bit of a slump. It got into my head and then I started having anxiety. I dreaded each day and felt like a complete failure. Those thoughts, in turn, only added to my downward spiral.
While searching for some motivational material, I came across this book. I a no-nonsense and practical way, Proctor outlines how to achieve what you want in life, overcome negative thought patterns and train your brain for success.
As I said, there are hundreds of great reads available to help someone change their thinking patterns. You just need to seek out what resonates with you.
What Is An Affirmation?
So about affirmations. What, exactly, are they? Well, simply put, an affirmation is a statement, belief or declaration of something. So a positive affirmation is a positive statement or phrase that you want to be true for you.
Affirmations motivate you, support you, and keep you focused on positive outcomes that you want for your life.
Examples: I am healthy. My health is always improving. I find fulfillment in my job and am grateful for the money I am earning. I always have more than enough. I am loved.
How Do I Stay Positive?
Focus on the good things you have going for you.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. When you think about it, a lot of it is small stuff:
Running late for work.
Spilling coffee on yourself.
A messy house.
Your bad hair day.
That bad driver that cut you off.
Keep a list of positive affirmations that you can refer to on a daily basis to keep your mind right. Here’s some you can start with:
List of Positive Affirmations for Positive Thinking
Each day my life gets better and better.
I choose peace when life gets bumpy.
I am in control of my thoughts.
I choose to see the good in every situation.
Everything is happening for my highest good.
I am reaching my full potential in life.
I have much to offer the world.
My life is unfolding in a fabulous way.
My thoughts, feelings, and actions are positive and happy.
I have so much to be grateful for.
I am always enough.
I do my best every day.
I let go of the mistakes that I’ve made and learn from them.
I release the need to be perfect and please others.
I bring joy and love wherever I go.
I am worthy of love, respect, and success.
I have the power to think and act in a positive manner.
I release grudges and resentments as they do not serve me.
I am unapologetically myself.
I show up authentically every day.
I accept the things I cannot control
Every day is a gift and I live it with joy and gratitude.
My unique talents and gifts are needed in the world.
When I love life, life loves me back.
I show up as the person I want to be each day.
Of course, these are just a few of thousands of positive affirmations you can start using right away. Use these, revise them, search for other power affirmations, or make up your own.
The most important thing about using positive affirmations is that you need to have emotion for them.
So if you’re adapting daily affirmations about fitness when, truly, fitness is not a big deal to you, then don’t state fitness affirmations.
You’re the creator here. You’re in charge. Because – it’s your life! So what do you want?
Frame your affirmations around what you desire most, and start practicing positive affirmations.
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