“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” ― Muhammad Ali
The way we begin each day has a big impact on how our day goes. Are affirmations part of your daily routine? They are REALLY beneficial for your mind and can help set the tone for your day.
The mind is a powerful thing. We don't always realize the impact our thoughts can have. Making affirmations and repeating them over and over can change the way you think, the way you feel, and the way you act. Thoughts create feelings which initiate action that in turn creates results.
What makes affirmations a powerful tool? Our brains are an incredible, fascinating part of our body. I’m amazed by what the brain is capable of, how it works, and how it adapts. When you have a new thought, you are creating a neural pathway. That pathway can be strengthened through repetition.
You have strong, established pathways already, both positive and negative, that impact your thoughts, feelings, and actions on a daily basis. When a pathway is strong, your brain notices other information and opportunities that support that message.
For example, you spill your coffee in the morning and think, what a horrible day this is starting out to be. From there you notice other reasons why it’s a horrible day, and then more and more things seem to happen reinforcing your thought that it’s a horrible day.
When you act consistently with the thought message, good or bad, you strengthen that pathway even more.
Thoughts become things. Your thoughts have a BIG impact on your actions and the choices you make. I’ve been working to gain a heightened awareness of my thoughts and to steer them in the direction I’d like them to go.
Recently I started putting some of my affirmations to music. It’s been really helpful. Try it. Pick a catchy, familiar tune and change the words. Make the words your affirmation. The tune I picked is “I am pretty, oh so pretty. I am pretty and witty and gay.” The new words I’m using are “I am healthy, oh so healthy. I am healthy and happy today.”
Your affirmations can be anything that has meaning to you. Here are some examples to inspire you.
- I am love. I have love. I give love. I receive love.
- I am grateful. I am loving. I am inspired. I am enthusiastic.
- I let my light shine.
- I prosper wherever I turn.
- I allow good things into my life.
- I am enough. I have enough. I do enough.
- I choose to live my best life.
- I do what I love. I love what I do.
- I choose happiness and abundance.
- I am constantly learning and growing.
- I choose to feel good and live with ease.
Whatever you decide on, it must ring true to you. When an affirmation stops feeling right, write a new one.
Once you have a few written down, recite them in front of the mirror every morning and several more times throughout the day. If it’s helpful, set an alarm on your watch, or a timer of some kind, to remind you to say them.
I like to inhale essential oils before I say mine. It helps ground me and opens me up to new possibilities.
If you’re not sure what to write, or need additional ideas, download the I Am app. It’ll send positive affirmations to your phone throughout the day. You can even save your favorite ones to read whenever you like. It’s so good! I’ve been using it for a couple years now and really like it.
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