A couple of weeks ago I was listening to my husband speak about goal setting. He mentioned the power of positive affirmations. Affirmations are positive thoughts or statements. In his talk he touched briefly on dieting and he mentioned that a poor positive affirmation would be to say “I will lose 15 pounds” because it allows for a lifetime of losing 15 pounds then regaining 20 pounds then losing 15, then regaining etc. etc. He recommended instead something like “I enjoy making healthy choices and constantly maintain my healthy weight of ______ pounds.” Wow! I love that!
There really is great power in positive self talk. About 10 years ago I trained for and completed a marathon with my oldest daughter . One of the tools I used in the weeks of demanding training runs was positive affirmations. I would notice myself start to think “Oh I’m so tired. I haven’t run yet today. I need to do ____ miles. Oh I am dreading it. Oh it is going to be so hard. Oh maybe I can skip tonight.” I would stop that thought in its tracks and replace it with some made up thoughts that honestly weren’t in my heart. “Oh I haven’t run today. I can’t wait until I get to run. It’s going to be so rejuvenating. I am going to love it!”
I know that sounds a little whacky but after continually halting the negative thought and replacing it with a pretend positive thought I actually began to bend my own thinking. I really did start to look forward to and think positively about my training runs.
You too can use positive daily affirmations to direct what your focus will be. You can conquer your past and present fears, and enjoy your present or create the future by affirmation. Affirmations redirect your values, help formulate goals, or prepare you for situations, whenever or wherever they may occur.
In general you can say your positive daily affirmations silently or aloud to yourself. For our weekly challenge however we are going to be saying them out loud with enthusiasm. I would like you to write your affirmations on a card ─ and carry it in your pocket, tape it to a mirror, or place it somewhere where it is always visible to you. Repeat your positive affirmations at intervals throughout your day, to reinforce the positive belief and to maintain a positive state of mind.
You should state your positive daily affirmations in the present tense, that is, use "I am..." rather than "I will be..." Saying things in the present tense will program your subconscious mind to believe that what you affirm is already fact. When the subconscious believes that, it will start arranging for bringing what you affirm to you. In other words, the subconscious will drive you to perform the actions needed to live out what you affirm; and, acting thus, you will create the circumstances that make them actually happen for you.
Another important guideline in formulating your affirmations is to write them in the positive state. Many people have the tendency to write affirmations in the negative state (ie: I am not going to pig out on candy anymore!) ─ which immediately defeats the purpose and the effectiveness of the affirmation. Affirmations written from the negative perspective will never work.
To earn your daily 5 bonus points this coming week you must write at least 3 positive affirmations, place them somewhere that you will see them often and repeat them out loud and with enthusiasm several times each day throughout the day (Do not forget all day and then blurt them out 10 times before jumping in bed!)
A few ideas for positive affirmations :
1. I love to exercise! Moving my body relieves my stress, calms my mind and is just plain fun.
2. I love fruits and vegetables. I notice when I eat them I feel full of energy and life. They are my favorite treat.
3. I am in control of my health and wellness.
4. I have abundant energy, vitality and well-being.
5. I am always able to maintain my ideal weight of _______.
6. I radiate good health.
7. I sleep soundly and peacefully.
8. I have abundant energy, vitality and well-being.
9. The more I honor my health and body the better I feel.
10. I love clear clean water. It is my favorite drink and I love sipping it all day long.
11. I am a sweet treat gourmet. I love waiting and planning all week for one special dessert.
12. I am a record keeper. I enjoy writing down my exercise and meals. It reminds me I control the destiny of my health.