Every year for Christmas my mother gets me socks. (Not exclusively!) When I was a kid, I thought that was an awful gift. Socks really aren’t very exciting or fun. Or they weren’t until I matured into a deep appreciation of them, particularly in winter. This Christmas, I’ll be happy when I unwrap that new pack of Gold Toes. They’re the perfect sock and they last forever! (ish)
Today, I’m sharing the gift of affirmations, and for me, affirmations are much like socks. They may not be really exciting, but good ones are essential. And I’ve matured to deeply appreciate them.
I think Stuart Smally and the new age folks did a lot to curb my interest in affirmations. As I did some research for this blog I found page after page of ‘affirmations for manifesting everything you want.’ Some people use affirmations like prayer – a way to reach out to the collective universal consciousness and grab (manifest) whatever you feel you should have.
Yes, I am aware that’s not how prayer works either, but many people use it that way.
I believe affirmations, like prayer, are mostly for you. When you say affirmations, you’re encouraging and empowering yourself.
As I used to tell my kids every day, words mean things. So many people run a constant mental or verbal narrative that does anything but affirm. People refer to themselves as stupid, clumsy, forgetful, etc. with no awareness that they’re building the soundtrack of their life.
Why not build a soundtrack that benefits you? Take a moment and click that video up there before you read any further. There’s nothing to watch, the image won’t change. Just let it play in the background while you finish reading.
Affirmations should be the soundtrack of your life, playing in the background of every moment of every day, in every good and bad situation. Like the ‘Rocky” theme, they’ll energize you through good and bad, over and over.
7 Reasons to create and repeat positive affirmations every day in 2017...
1. Overpower Negativity. Negativity works with our survival mechanism. It is naturally stronger than positivity. You’ll have to work to overcome it every day. Affirmations make a lot of that work habitual, serving you in the background all the time.
2. Make Good Stuff Happen. What I really hate about the whole new age, manifestation, name it-claim it movement is that it often works. The universe doesn’t owe you jack squat. But affirmations seer your goals and capability into your own mind. And when you set your mind to something, believe you can achieve or attain it, and never, never, never give up, the world will often bend to your will. Not while you sit on the couch watching game shows and eating bon-bons. But when you work your ass off for something, the world has a way of helping you out.
3. Stay Positive and Confident. Affirmations make you positive and confident. And people like positive and confident people. They often want to help you succeed just because they like you.
4. Be Prepared. The world is moving faster than ever. Taking the time to prepare yourself can go a long way to handling the pressure. Often, people miss opportunity simply because they aren’t aware of it. That awareness starts with expecting and seeking it out. And that awareness is fostered by affirmations.
5. Stay Healthy. Affirmations create optimism. And optimism is clinically proven to diminish your chances of heart attacks and strokes.
6. Be an Example. Affirmations that lead to both optimism and achievement throughout the day get other people to notice you. Most people do not practice affirmations daily. And most people do not achieve all they’re capable of. Do what they do, you’ll get what they get. Do what they won’t and they’ll want what you’ve got.
7. Become a Gratitude Carrier. Affirmations make you an epicenter of hope and thankfulness, a calming, encouraging voice in every conversation. People will come to expect and appreciate the positivity that you can easily create and give away all day, every day. It won’t cost you anything to create and give away positivity constantly. But it will make everyone around you like you, appreciate you, and want to help you succeed at everything you do.
If you’re unsure about how to create and practice affirmations, subscribe to the blog and keep reading. We’ll cover this in detail in January, as we start 2017 out to be your best year yet.
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