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What’s the Use of Positive Affirmations?

By Guest Author On August 5, 2011 Under Improve Your Self Esteem, Self Improvement

Positive Affirmations are a form of positive self-talk. The opposite is negative self-talk, which so many of us are so good at. The idea here is to replace that negative self-talk with something far better, positive self-talk. This will have a long lasting effect on your self of self-worth and your ability to achieve whatever you desire to achieve.

Let’s try this (it’s a test of the emergency affirmation system:) Start by saying, “I like myself” 10 times, in a row, quickly: “I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself…”

How does it make you feel? Did it make you feel good? Silly? Brian Tracy came up with that one. I got it from someone else who had great success with it, as well as similar affirmations.

I felt odd when I first tried it out, it felt wrong somehow. How about you? Most of us aren’t trained to like ourselves. Our training sometimes seems to teach us not to like ourselves. After all, we know ourselves, right?

Self talk, good or bad, is something we all do. That’s what we say to and about ourselves when we’re the only one’s listening. Our thoughts count, too. rooting for? Not many of us.

Generally, we’re not exactly our own cheering section. After 20 or 30 or 50 years of this criticism, where are we? That’s what we have to reverse. The idea behind positive affirmations is to get us to say things, to ourselves, that are a much more positive and uplifting than what we have been saying. Many benefits come from positive thought, such as an improved sense of self-worth and greater accomplishment.

Our lives, and the lives of those around us, can be changed remarkably by the use of positive affirmations.  After all, we may tease the person who is always positive, but isn’t it much nicer to be around him (or her) than the one who is always tearing himself/herself, and others, down.  And then the positive (and focused) person always seems to accomplish more and have more fun doing it.

You can go about creating your affirmations, depending on what you need to work on, or you can start with the basics, such as the “I like myself,” above. Other basic affirmations are along the lines of, “I am Happy,” “I am confident,” “I am attractive,” and so on.

There’s a trick, though. If you say them once, they won’t work. Just for today pick one affirmation, to start, and look in the mirror and say it ten time in a row (Ok, we’re getting tough here. 😉 ) You don’t have to do it with anyone else present, but you should do it first and last thing, as well as some time at mid day.

Then try it again the next day and repeat for a week. See how it makes you feel. If you can keep it up for three weeks it will start to become a habit and you will be feeling a lot better about doing it.


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