Getting out of a rut can be hard when you lack confidence or self-esteem. But you don’t have to feel this way forever! Keep reading for tips on using affirmations to get out of your slump and become the best version of yourself.
Affirmations: What Are They?
Affirmations are positive messages repeated in the first person. They’re intended to be said out loud, either daily or multiple times per day. Negative self-talk and beliefs can pollute our minds, but positive affirmations can replace them over time. So, what do affirmations look like? Here are some examples:
- I deserve success and happiness.
- I am strong and resilient.
- I love and accept myself just the way I am.
How Do Affirmations Work?
Most of our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors are controlled by our subconscious. Affirmations work by reprogramming your mind by sending it positive subconscious messages. With more time and repetition, your mind will start to believe those affirmations are true.
Choosing the Right Affirmations
Affirmations can only work if they’re meaningful to you. The affirmations we listed earlier are a great place to start, but you should find ones that resonate with you. If you think about your goals and values while choosing your affirmations, you’ll be more likely to believe and accept them.
Use the Present Tense
When choosing affirmations, make sure they’re in the present tense. For example, use “I am successful” instead of “I will be successful.” This will trick your mind into believing you already have what you desire.
Repeat Your Affirmations Regularly
Repeat your affirmations regularly to see significant changes. Each time you say them aloud, they’ll integrate further into your brain and natural thought processes. We recommend repeating your chosen affirmations at least three times daily.
Visualization is a powerful tool when using affirmations. Instead of just repeating phrases, think about yourself embodying those qualities or beliefs. Closing your eyes and seeing the messages you’re speaking will make them feel even more real.
Believe in Yourself
If you want your affirmations to work, you must try to believe in them. Repeating positive phrases is nothing if your mind is closed off to them. As you repeat your affirmations, believe the messages you’re sending to your brain are true. Stay consistent and trust the process, and you can be on your way to living your best life!