GOOD MORNING MONDAY –
AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning! It is Monday once again. I hope you had a GREAT weekend and that you took time to cultivate connections that are important to YOU. Your social network is important. Surrounding yourself with people you love and care about is as important as the air you breathe to live a healthy, happy life.
Today You Are You; That Is Truer Than True; There Is No One Alive Who is Youer Than You! (Dr. Seuss)
You are YOU; and who you are is good enough! You are unique. You are talented. You are capable; and I could go on and on. Now, that does not mean that you do not want to continue to grow and improve; but, where you are and who you are right now is exactly where you are meant to be and who you are meant to be.
Do you believe this about yourself? If you are honest with yourself, you might not thoroughly embrace YOU. Have you ever reflected on how you treat YOU daily? Are you good to yourself? Is your mind and are your thoughts and words kind to YOU? The truth may be, that for many of us, we are pretty “tough” on ourselves. We may not be fully comfortable giving ourselves love and having a caring, nurturing relationship with ourselves.
Self-love is critical. The relationship you have with yourself mirrors the relationship you have with others. Self-love is foundational for better relationships with others. Self-love is about learning to embrace all parts of YOU knowing that you are on a journey; you are a work in progress.
Life is a mirror; it reflects what you see in yourself. What do you see when you look in the mirror? What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror? If you are honest with yourself, there is a high probability that there are many times you are more critical of yourself than you are affirmative, but this does not have to continue. Being aware of what you are thinking and saying to yourself, can help you to begin the journey to stop the “critic” and engage in a more “nurturing” view of yourself.
What is one way you can begin your journey of Self-Love? The answer: Words of Affirmation. Speaking words of affirmation to yourself is powerful because they (affirmations) speak directly to your unconscious (the home of your internal programming). Affirmations are a great way to “wipe the disc” clean of negative internal programming and replace it with positive, nurturing codes.
Practicing affirmations daily will help you rewire your programmingat a core level and begin to think about yourself and the world around you differently. Doing this, you will notice a new way of thinking and a new way of being. Affirmations are like muscles. The more you use them the stronger you will become. It is like going to the gym. It takes more than one time to be fully toned. It takes repeated times going to the gym to build stronger muscles; so too with affirmations. By creating the habit of using words of affirmation, you are building “self-esteem” muscles. It takes practice and repetition for this to become a habit and for strong affirmation muscles to be developed.
What are affirmations? They are statements you tell yourself to spark self-change. Affirmations are more than just self-help statements to make you feel better. They can have a significant impact on the quality of your life. The benefit of using daily affirmations can allow you to become more in tune with your thoughts and the way you think about yourself in general. When you are conscious of your attitude towards self, you can make an effort to eliminate negative thoughts.
Using daily affirmations helps keep you in a consistently positive mood. Studies show that optimistic people tend to be healthier, more productive and happier than those who view themselves less positively. Research studies show that after only 4 weeks of repeated self-affirmation activity, participants increased their mental well-being. Practicing positive affirmations daily, not only impacts you, but also indirectly impacts those around you. Positivity is contagious, and your positive attitude will carry on to other people and in turn make them feel better.
What do Daily Affirmations look like? An affirmation needs to be stated in the present and positive. It also should be unconditional. Additionally, affirmations are more beneficial when they are repeated.The more you repeat the same affirmation, the more your unconscious believes it. By continually subjecting your mind to positive thoughts, you are actively changing how your brain functions.
Following are some examples of affirmations:
My life is fun and rewarding
I am smart and capable of accomplishing anything
I am grateful for everything I have
I attract positive, kind hearted people
I am diligent and hardworking
I am confident and capable of handling any obstacle that is thrown to me
I am energetic and enthusiastic
I am calm and peaceful
Life supports me in every possible way
You can get started by writing an affirmation down each day and saying it aloud to yourself. Writing it down and saying it aloud allows your mind to absorb the positive message.
If thoughts create reality and positive feelings stimulate “feel good” chemicals, then let your thoughts and imaginings be that YOU ARE capable, worthy, successful, healthy, lovable or whatever you wish to experience. You will attract what you think and feel. You have more power over what you experience in your life and more control over your state of health just by your thoughts and feelings. Think, choose and feel them wisely!
I hope you have a healthy, positive mindset this week to live your best life possible! Practice positive affirmations daily; it will make a difference in your life.
Have a GREAT week. Take Care.