Motivation takes many forms. For some, it's the end game—the promise of that goal yet to be realized. For others, it is a collection of well-crafted rules and guidelines that keep the vision in focus. No straying, no flailing. Eyes on the prize.
For many, success is not merely about one’s own rulebook or the opportunity to advance. It is about being valued in their relationships and knowing their skills are integral to the growth of the community around them. For these people, affirmation is necessary for success.
There seems to be value in affirmations. Our subconscious mind plays a major role in the actualization of our lives and the manifestation of our desires. What we believe about ourselves at a subconscious level, can have a significant impact on the outcome of life events.
While some high-performers dispense with the idea of affirmation as a motivation—claiming it creates a false, fluffy reality—it has a clear purpose as an impetus for growth.
Indeed, the best way to start experiencing renewed energy for those struggling with self-doubt is by consistently crafting self-affirmations. After all, you can’t control what those around you say or think, but you can control the value you show up with.
Here are a few tips for implementing a self-affirmation routine in your daily life. Whether you need a boost at work, at home, at school, anywhere these guidelines will set you on the path to practicing confidence.
1. Bookend your day with self-affirmations—one in the morning and once at night.
This is an ideal way to bracket the work you’ve done in a spirit of positivity and forward momentum. Consider what you’ve contributed to your work, your home, and your relationships. Have you made these spaces awesome with the way you present yourself throughout your life? Don’t babble in apologies or mitigate your affirmations with doubt. Tell yourself that you know your truth and articulate the intentions behind your actions.
2. Whenever you accomplish something positive in your day, write it down.
At the end of the day or week, review the list to remind yourself of how often you do practice awesome—for yourself and others.
3. Don’t forget that YOU are as important as your peers and family.
These affirmations aren’t just about what you accomplish to help and support other people. They’re also about what you do to take care of yourself. Write these self-care insights down, too.
Remember: You can’t control what those around you say or think, but you can recognize your own awesome.
4. Remember: Little things are big things.
We may think that a pat on the back or a smile during a co-worker’s stressful morning is of no consequence. But the exact opposite is true. Moments like these reshape perspectives and help our peers move forward with positive energy and determination—even when they don’t recognize it.
5. Profess; don’t confess.
For many, the temptation to sidestep into confessional thinking is strong. But the object of self-affirmation is not to counterbalance good deeds and heartfelt intention with guilt. Don’t fall into the habit of “equalizing” your virtues with transgressions. This is about well-earned recognition.
6. For every good deed you affirm, think of another you can perform the following day.
Ask yourself what skills you’re not using and what passions you’re not sharing. How can these be used in your daily life to inspire others and make your community stronger?
7. Hold on to good intentions.
Articulating your good intentions—even if they don’t result in positive action—is a way to make them tangible. When you know they are part of your active “life engine,” you’re more likely to act on them in the future.
8. Watch, listen and learn.
While self-affirmations are about you, there’s always an opportunity to learn from the good deeds of others. Take these and make them your own. As the old saying goes, “Pay it forward.”
At its core, self-affirmation is designed to help balance the harsh realities of first world frenzied life—not tip the scales of ego. The bigger concern in our hurried lives is forgetting ourselves in the constant symphony of entropy. Now is the time to reaffirm your value and impact to the people around you. Let your passions and virtues shine and the world around you will be a little bit brighter.
Here's to your Health & Wealth!
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