What's the deal with Positive Affirmations?

When I first learned about using affirmations to encourage self love and self esteem I admit I was a little skeptical. How could a simple phrase help me change my view of myself? After all, I always believed that words only had as much power as I wanted to give them. The reality is that the words alone probably wont do much but by making a commitment to clear the negativity from your head and replacing it with positive thoughts you can start to build confidence in yourself. If we think about using affirmations as a way to re-program our thinking it becomes a little easier to understand.

Positive affirmations work best when we incorporate them into our daily routine.  Affirmations, like many things that we strive to be good at, require regular practice. When an aspiring gymnast attempts a flip for the first time chances are he or she will stumble but with practice his or her body will complete the action flawlessly. The first time I started using positive affirmations in my life I felt silly and didn't quite believe what I was saying -- I was stumbling like the gymnast. As I continued to practice it became easier to repeat the words with conviction and start actually believing them.

I have found that the affirmations that work best for me are written in the present tense and state what I want to believe, as if I already believe it. I like to think of it as "you are what you think" instead of you are what you eat! Some people have them written on post-it notes throughout their home or office, some people write them in a journal. I have mine saved as a daily reminder on my phone. They pop-up at different times throughout the day and I make a point to recite them to myself repeatedly for a few minutes. I also have few that I keep in my arsenal for when I'm having a difficult time to help manifest calm, confidence and positivity in my life. 

Here are a few that I have found helpful, feel free to take these for a spin or tailor them to your needs. I find that writing your own is a great way to learn about yourself and your needs. If you don't know where to start think of a negative thought you struggle with and flip it to something positive that you want to grow to believe about yourself!

25 Positive Affirmations to Encourage Self Love
  1. I am worthy of self love. 
  2. I am so much more than my outward appearance. 
  3. I will be as happy as I decide to be.
  4. I do not need the acceptance of others to love myself. 
  5. I know my worth and I am proud of it.
  6. I approve of myself. I love myself deeply and fully.
  7. I am worthy of love, happiness and joy.
  8. I believe in myself and my abilities.
  9. Positivity is a choice that I choose to make.
  10. I love the person I am becoming.
  11. I do not need to rely on others for my happiness.
  12. I have great ideas. I make useful contributions.
  13. I deserve the love I receive from others.
  14. No one can make me feel inferior.
  15. I will not make myself small to please others.
  16. I am enough.
  17. My opinion matters.
  18. I have the courage to say no.
  19. I don't sweat the small stuff.
  20. I let go of my negative feelings about myself.
  21. The success of others will not make me jealous. My time will come.
  22. I will not take other peoples negativity personally.
  23. I am on the best path for me.
  24. I treat others fairly and with love.
  25. Negative self talk has no place in my life. 

Please feel free to share the positive affirmations that work for you! #selfloveistruelove #selfloveisnotselfish #MeFirst

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