The Power of AffirmationsNov 13, 2023
If you saw the title of this and went “Um, that feels a little out there for me…” then stick around. I’m going to explain why affirmations are actually one of the best tools you can utilize in your life and business…even for us Type A beekeepers!
Reciting affirmations may feel a bit silly, but in truth, they will have a profound ripple effect across your life and create change in ways you may or may not recognize.
The power of affirmations cannot be understated. They changed my life in so many ways. They're the thing that can help you get through and overcome your challenges, and I want to share that with you!
What Are Affirmations?
So first, what are affirmations?
Affirmations are positive statements or phrases that are repeated regularly to reinforce positive thoughts and beliefs. They're often used as a technique to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.
Affirmations often focus on various aspects of life such as self-confidence, self-love, health, success, and overall well-being.
I was first introduced to the power of affirmations when I was pregnant with my first son, and that practice taught me how listening to something over and over can actually help rewire the way you think. And then, when I started my business, I was introduced to the power of affirmations in a different way…
Tell A Better Story
Listen, I understand—for Type A accountants, affirmations can seem intangible and useless. Many people don’t believe in the power of affirmations; they usually think they’re a waste of time, or they doubt they’ll actually have a positive effect.
But trust me—as a fellow Type A, this practice is absolutely crucial.
Something I learned by reading the book The Four Agreements is that we can go through life entirely unaware that our thoughts are actually a choice.
We’ve all had thoughts for so long that we can't imagine not having thoughts, even though they do sometimes feel separate from us. Occasionally they can feel like a tape playing on repeat in our head without consent, as if they’re creating themselves without our involvement.
This happens because thoughts have been developed over our entire life. So sometimes those repetitive thoughts didn’t actually start with us; instead, they came from things that we heard from others over and over and over again, or maybe even from past experiences teaching us something that becomes a mantra we use to try and keep us safe.
So we might feel like thoughts are something outside of us. We may not even be aware that we have the thoughts going on at all. But if you take the time to stop and pay attention, you’ll realize this isn’t true at all…which is part of the power of affirmations. They give us a reason to become aware of what we’re thinking.
For the most part, our thoughts are not actually real. If you take a day or so and challenge yourself to listen to the things that you think or say to yourself, you’ll notice that your thoughts are really just a story you’re telling yourself throughout the day.
A lot of times that story is either some future projection of what might happen—which is total fiction, right? It's a thought of what might happen. It's not real—or it could be a story you tell about something that already happened, which looks like hyper-analyzing the past. And when you're analyzing the past, while we do have our memory to go off of, it’s likely flawed. So many parts of that story can become skewed as well.
This is where the power of affirmations comes into play: when I realized that I was telling myself a story all day long, and that oftentimes that story was negative or not serving me, I decided that if I was going to tell myself a story, I wanted to tell myself a good one.
So, the power of affirmations helps you to take control of your thoughts by fueling your brain with positive things; they help you take on positive beliefs that make you take positive actions that yield positive results.
By changing that loop inside of your head, you're taking creative control back in your life…or maybe claiming it for the first time ever. You are now the author of the story that's playing in your head.
How Do I Start?
What’s great about the power of affirmations is that it’s accessible to everyone.
Affirmations are simple. They're free. They require no special equipment. You don't need any level of expertise. You can practice them anytime, anywhere, and they can easily become a convenient daily ritual. You can make up affirmations for yourself, or track down some that others use if needed.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to take it a step further: I’m going to be sharing some affirmations here that you can use to get yourself in the habit of doing daily affirmations, and then you can build from there.
Whether you need them to change the narrative in your head around business, life, motherhood, or anything else, I’ll be sharing things that can work for you.
Affirmations aren’t as woo-woo as people think—a lot of people lump them in with manifestations and spiritual practices, when they’re really just a psychological trick to remap your thoughts. And by utilizing the power of affirmations and integrating them into your daily routine, you're engaging in an act of self-love and self-care.
Not convinced? Here are 10 ways that the power of affirmations can bring about meaningful change in your life:
1. A Positive Mindset
Affirmations promote a positive mindset by consistently reinforcing positive beliefs. You train your mind to focus on optimistic and constructive thoughts. This shift in thinking can lead to a more positive outlook on life.
2. Increased Confidence
Affirmations boost self-confidence and self-esteem. Regularly affirming your abilities and worth can help you believe in yourself more, leading to increased confidence in your skills and your decisions.
3. Enhanced Self-Image
Affirmations can improve your self-image and self-acceptance. By affirming your inherent value, you learn to accept and love yourself, fostering a healthier self-image.
4. Reduced Stress and Anxiety
The power of affirmations can reduce stress and anxiety. By focusing on positive thoughts and outcomes, you can calm your mind and reduce the impact of stressful situations on your overall well-being.
5. Improved Relationships
Affirmations can improve your relationships by cultivating a positive attitude and self-love. You will be better equipped to maintain healthy relationships and attract positive people into your life.
6. Goal Achievement
Affirmations can align your thoughts with your goals. By affirming your goals with conviction, you reinforce your commitment, boost motivation, and increase the likelihood of achieving those goals.
7. Enhanced Resilience
The power of affirmations can, through regular use, enhance your emotional resilience. When faced with challenges, a positive mindset cultivated through the power of affirmations can help you bounce back more quickly and effectively.
8. Changed Behavior Patterns
Affirmations can help with changing negative behavior patterns. By challenging and replacing negative self-talk with positive affirmations, you can alter harmful behaviors and habits over time.
9. Increased Gratitude
Affirmations can cultivate gratitude by focusing on positive aspects of your life. You develop a deeper sense of gratitude, leading to greater overall life satisfaction.
10. Promotes Positive Actions
Positive affirmations, when internalized, can motivate you to take positive actions in your life. When you truly believe in your capabilities and worth, you're more likely to pursue opportunities and overcome obstacles.
The Power of Affirmations Can Change Your Life!
So, that’s my spiel on what affirmations are and why they're so powerful. Over the next few posts, I’ll be dripping out some mini-affirmations that you can listen to daily, depending on what kind you need.
I’m going to go over affirmations for building a business, affirmations for honoring the now and bringing you into the present moment, and even some for mothers who are balancing business and motherhood. Stay tuned!
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