Words have extreme power. When you communicate, your words can not only influence others, but can also transform your internal state on a deep and profound level.
Affirmations are powerful, positive statements that aim to direct your conscious and subconscious mind, challenging previously held unhealthy and negative thinking patterns. When they are spoken with conviction, they can alter your thoughts, emotions, beliefs and behavior. When used intentionally to create change, they can help project you into your achievements.
Affirmations have helped thousands of people make important changes in their lives. They work because they have the ability to program your mind into accessing and believing the repeated statements and concepts. There are several benefits of using positive affirmations, some of which are:
They help you be more mindful.
Using affirmations helps you to stay in the present moment and keeps you from being distracted by feeling angry about past mistakes or anxious about the future. Because affirmations are positive statements about you in the present tense, your mental focus stays on what is happening to you right now, which is the core of mindfulness.
They motivate you.
Reciting affirmations can motivate you to hold onto truths when you’re struggling from. For instance, if you tell yourself that you’re a good worker, you’re more motivated to complete a task than if you constantly say, “man, I’m lazy!”.
Your thoughts can quite literally manifest reality and motivate your actions.
They change your mindset.
When you build an affirmation practice, the repetition of positive, upbeat statements actually changes the structure in your brain. Neural pathways are created and strengthened that help to produce a more positive, optimistic mindset that flows over into your attitude to life.
Since many of our thoughts are subconscious, positive affirmations allow us to become more aware of our thought patterns and feelings. This reduces the risk of allowing negative thought patterns to take form.
They set you up for success.
Since positive affirmations help you focus on all the good in our lives rather than the failures, you’re more open to learning or trying new things. Don’t be surprised if you experience more success in your career after practicing positive affirmations.
They improve your quality of life.
Practicing positive affirmations makes you feel more optimistic and happier with a clearer perspective on what you want in life. People who recite daily affirmations are more focused and capable of making the right decisions in difficult situations.
They change your perspective.
As your attention stays on what is important to you, the little things that used to irritate you seem less and less important. Conversely, things you took for granted, like good health and a loving family, become part of your gratitude practice.
They lead to better health.
Science has proven that people who think positively feel better and live longer lives compared to those who don’t. Negative thinkers tend to experience sleep problems, tense muscles, and pain on top of depressive thoughts, while optimistic people have healthier hearts, lower levels of inflammation, and are more motivated to live a healthier lifestyle.
Rather than get caught up in negative emotions, focus on positive affirmations in the face of stress or destructive thoughts. You’ll start to feel better both mentally and physically.
They cultivate better relationships.
Positive affirmations can help you make better first impressions. Just think, if you tell yourself that you attract ease in all areas of your life, including your relationships with others, you’re more likely to walk into a social setting with confidence. Your friendships and romantic relationships enjoy an instant boost!
Your new-found confidence and happiness make other people feel good and can encourage them to change their mindset also.