I recently wrote a blog that touched on the idea that our thoughts are so powerful, they have the ability to influence our lives in a major way. Often times if you change your thoughts, you can change your life.
Positive affirmations are a way for us to turn thoughts into actions, and into reality. Affirmations are generally defined as something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment. The more you repeat a given affirmation (whether you initially believe it or not), the more likely you are to come to believe it. These can either be positive (ie. I am a loveable person) or negative (ie. I am bad at my job).
Over time these become deeply rooted in your subconscious, become a part of your personality, and have the ability to have a profound effect on your life. Lucky for us, negative affirmations can be replaced with positive ones with time and conscious effort. Enter the 30 Day Affirmation Challenge (infographic below).
During the 30 days you decide to carry out this challenge, you will need to repeat these affirmation listed for each day repeatedly. The idea and goal is that with enough practice these affirmations will become habit and will edge out any negative thoughts and emotions that normally were a natural go-to for your mind. As a result you can improve your confidence, self-esteem, and overall happiness.
Brian Tracy, the founder of the 30 Day Affirmation Challenge, writes:
The hallmark of the fully mature, fully-functioning, self-actualizing personality is the ability to be objective and unemotional when caught up in the inevitable storms of daily life and to stay positive. The superior person has the ability to continue talking to himself or herself in a positive and optimistic way, keeping his or her mind calm, clear and completely under control. The advanced personality is more relaxed and aware and capable of interpreting events more realistically maintaining positive thoughts contrary to the immature personality. As a result, the mature person exerts a far greater sense of control and influence over his or her environment, and is far less likely to be angry, or upset or distracted.
For those of you that feel you may need a bit of a mental reboot, give it a try. I know that I will be partaking in it. You can never have too many positive thoughts :p It may seem a little bit gooey and cheesy,, but in a day and age where each time I look at the news there is something horribly awful happening and staring back at me, a little bit of positivity is a welcome change.
For more information on affirmations and the 30 Day Affirmation Challenge, visit these links: