“What the heck does that mean?” I am not sure which one of you two children of mine said it but I am sure one of you did! Affirmations are the words you say to yourself that support (affirm) your goals, ambitions, positive beliefs, and values. They are power statements that you repeat to yourself that help keep you in healthy states of mind. They are used to drown out the negative chatter from our subconscious. They are used to keep us focused on our goals. The most successful athletes and entrepreneurs use affirmations to achieve elevated success.
Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, either way, you are right.” The moral of that story, if you want to find the success you need to keep a positive mindset, positive frame of mind, and one way to keep those intact are with positive and powerful affirmations. Affirmations keep your mind focused on what you want to achieve not on the obstacles that you encounter along the way.
These are not just for success in your work. These are for success in your relationships with people and eventually in your role as parents.
Here are a few affirmations to get you started into your adult life, to read to yourself every day. If you read it, believe it, you will achieve it.
“I am emotionally and physically strong.”
“I am making healthy choices.”
“I believe in myself.”
“I work hard to achieve my dreams.”
“I accept my flaws knowing that nobody is perfect.”
“I accept failure as an opportunity to learn and grow.”
“I am intelligent.”
“I will achieve any goal I put my focus on.”
“I am confident in my abilities.”
“I can learn anything I choose to.”
“I am kind and compassionate.”
Here are some other powerful statements that come from Reiki:
“Just for today:
I will not be angry
I will not worry
I will be grateful
I will do my work honestly
I will be kind to every living thing”
These are all powerful mind-training exercises that I wish I had known about in my twenties. I would have been a much kinder, more compassionate, more accepting wife and parent. I would have tried harder to make my marriage work. I let my depression beat me and I left. If I had enough of these tools in my life toolbelt BEFORE I got married, I might still be married. The truth is, I did have a number of these tools given to me in a different format many years ago and I refused to acknowledge their value and was content to stay locked in my negative thinking patterns because that is what was comfortable to me, that is what I knew best. The thought of giving up my negativity for positivity was scary so I resisted for an extremely long time.
Allowing negativity to settle in creates a vacuum where only negative people and negative situations will be drawn to you. If you want to lead a vibrant, joyful, healthy, productive, and successful life, learn to keep any negativity you encounter at arm’s length. When you are in positions of authority as parents or bosses, lead by example. If you want positive productive children and employees, show them how it is done. Let the positive affirmations you set for yourself guide you through your frustrating times as parents and employees or employers.
These efforts to be mindful, mind your frame of mind, and the use of powerful positive affirmations are so important to keep the communication in your relationships open, truthful, and without fear. If you can train your mind to be positive, be grateful, be kind, and be compassionate, you will experience far more love and acceptance than hurt and rejection in your lives. There will still be hurt and rejections and these tools will help you recover from them much quicker so that you are able to move forward with healthier energy. My greatest wish for each of you is that you bounce back from your hurts and losses much quicker and stronger than I have over the years.