It’s the New Year and you likely have goals and resolutions you want to meet. Your vision board has been created and you are approaching the new year with renewed energy. But I bet you didn’t plan for how you would pick yourself up when you are ready to quit.
The use of affirmations can help the user to prepare and enhance their mindset, self-confidence and improve their overall mental health. These are essentially a method is speaking encouragement into your spirit.
Affirmations are positive speeches we tell ourselves during times of need. In this scenario, the user could have a list of I AM phrases ready and available when feeling down. For example:
I AM a winner.
I AM an achiever.
You can also use affirmations as a way of speaking into existence your goals:
I AM 10 lbs lighter.
I AM a NY times best selling author.
I earn $1,000,000 per year.
They are a means of taking negatives and making them positive. For example, I am likely dating myself here but there was a movie which called one of the characters FAT. Well we all know when someone calls you fat, it isn’t a compliment. But the character changed the word to PHAT – Pretty Hot And Tempting.
Now that may not be the exact way it happened in the movie but that was the just of it. You take something meant to break you down and turn it into something uplifting. I’ve also used songs to encourage me when I find myself stuck.
My go to song when I am ready to give up during my weight training sessions is from the Color Purple Musical, I’m Here sung by Cynthia Erivo. The words in this song remind me that I am still here and help me dig a little deeper.
Affirmations give you back control of the messages which enter your subconscious. Do a search for affirmations on YouTube, Pinterest or any search engine and you find a multitude of options.
This month, I challenge you to develop a list of 22 affirmactions you can reference when you need them.
Here are a few examples:
The practice of identifying affirmations in advance is a proactive measure and a reactive shortcut. I consider it a proactive step in that it acknowledges it prepares me for the day it may become necessary. Similar to the in flight safety instructions on a plane and the fire extinguisher at our home. I have them in case I need them but hope I won’t need it.
It’s a reactive shortcut because it will be easily accessible in those moments of need. I have it written in my journal and bookmarked in the YouTube app. Again like the fire extinguisher, it’s there if I need it but I hope to be prepared to not use it.
While this may work for me, I am aware it won’t work for everyone. But I still issued the challenge to prepare for those times in which you may feel like giving up. Or if you are like some people I know, you won’t give up – you will take a temporary break which will go in inevitably.
Think of your mindset as one of the vital organs your body needs to survive. Feed it things like affirmations to keep it strong and you will thank yourself later.
Til next time,
“If you ready to take your game to the next level, you gotta change that mindset.” – Eric Thomas