Positive affirmations can sometimes feel a little silly, but they can help you change the way you talk to yourself and your “inner voice.”
If you can turn your self talk from negative and self-defeating to being your own biggest cheerleader and building yourself up, you’ll be happier and less stressed out. Here are 19 ideas for positive affirmations and positive statements.
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Just write some of these words of affirmation down on your phone or keep them in your head and say them to yourself whenever you’re feeling a little down. You’re allowed to encourage yourself. 😃
You can either use “I” or “You” for these, depending on how you want to address yourself haha. These would work for encouraging other people too!
19 Ideas for Positive Affirmations | Positive Affirmations List
1. “I’m ready. I can do this. I have what it takes.”
2. “I am kind. I am smart. I am important.” (adapted from The Help ;))
3. “I am a strong and capable individual.”
4. “It’s ok. You can do this.”
5. “You’ll get through this.”
6. “Everything will be ok.”
7. “You’ll be ok.”
8. “You’ve survived every moment of your life so far. You’ll get through this too.”
9. “You can do this.”
10. “You are capable of amazing things.”
11. “I’m a good person.”
12. “I deserve to be happy.”
13. “You are stronger than you think.”
14. “You are amazing.”
15. “You can do anything you set your mind to.”
16. “Keep going.”
17. “Don’t give up.”
18. “The night is darkest just before the dawn.”
19. “Things will get better.”
Do you have any positive affirmations that you say to yourself?
Use Positive Affirmations to Raise Your Expectations
When we think in a negative manner, all sorts of negative consequences can result, and many of us get caught up in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts, feelings and consequences. Thinking positive, on the other hand, can have many positive results, and those who are able to learn positive affirmation techniques can look forward to enhanced opportunities and greater challenges. Here’s how to use positive affirmations to raise your expectations.
Thinking in a positive manner can also help you to raise your expectations and see new opportunities in your life. From your work life to your personal life there are many powerful benefits to positive affirmation techniques.
In order to get the most out of positive affirmations, it is important to first examine the negative aspects of your situation. Learning to see and benefit from the negative can help you to focus on the positive and turn the situation around.
A good way to begin is by writing down a list of the negative issues facing you. No matter what the situation, learning to recognize the negative aspects is the first step to overcoming them. It is also a good idea to write down a list of negative events, both in your personal life and in the world at large. This will help you to focus both inside and outside your own world.
After the negative items have been identified, it is time to look for ways to turn them around. For instance, if you find that you absolutely hate doing housework you could focus instead on the positive aspect of the situation – such as the fact that you own a home worth taking care of. If you hate paying taxes, consider that you are fortunate to have enough income to make taxes a problem.
When examining negative events in the world at large, learn to focus on the positive benefits those events had. For instance, tragic events can have a positive influence when they help us to focus on the importance of family. While the loss of life and property is tragic, the survivors and those who were touched by the tragedy can learn to value the good things in their lives.
There are many other examples of turning negative events into positive ones, and with a little bit of seeking you can probably come up with at least a dozen. By practicing these positive affirmation techniques you will learn to focus on the good in everything, and after awhile this positive thinking will become second nature.
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How to Use Afformations to Improve Yourself | Self Affirmations
Affirmations (when you say something like, “I am happy and positive”) are nice but sometimes they make us feel like, “Ummm that is definitely not the case in my life right now. I am not happy and positive.”
So it might not really make a difference for you because you just don’t believe what you’re telling yourself. (If they do work for you, that’s awesome! I still like affirmations :)).
A slightly different technique is called “afformations.” Afformations are like affirmations, but in the form of questions.
So instead of saying, “I am beautiful,” you would say, “WHY AM I SO BEAUTIFUL? :D” It’s silly but it always makes me laugh.
The point of wording it as a question is that it makes your brain start thinking about all the ways that what you’re saying is true. So if you say, “Why does everyone love me so much?” then you’ll start trying to answer the question and come up with reasons that people love you.
I’m guessing you’re not a narcissist so you don’t need to worry about this being too egotistical or self-absorbed. Nobody needs to know about your afformations except you. 🙂 If you have low self esteem, it can really help to start thinking about your positive attributes.
Here are some ideas for afformations, depending on what area you need to work on. They’re not meant to sound cocky but just to make you see the good in yourself.
– Why am I beautiful?
– Why do people love me?
– Why am I so smart?
– Why am I amazing?
– Why am I loved?
– Why am I so successful?
Weird use of this in my own life: years ago I joined OkCupid and started saying (just to myself, don’t worry!) “Where did all these amazing people come from??” So from then on I only noticed all the awesome people on the site. 😉
You really do create your own reality, and you can shape your perception by changing your beliefs and what you say to yourself. If you want to live in a happy, positive world, start saying happy and positive things to yourself. Self talk makes a big difference in your mood and attitude.