Positive affirmations play a significant role in way we talk to ourselves. This is especially true when it comes to how successful we are in personal relationships and our professional lives.
Self-talk can be extremely beneficial when it is positive, but it can be all too easy to slip into negativity without even realizing it, and negative self-talk can be extremely harmful on one's self-esteem and overall confidence.
The Impact of Negative Self-Talk
Negative self-talk creates self-doubt. Self-doubt can be ingrained beginning in early childhood. Many simply don't realize that they are subconsciously depriving themselves of a good life. They are defeating themselves before even getting started.
Negative affirmations can be so ingrained that most individuals are not fully conscious of starting their day with a defeated attitude. Something as small as waking up in the morning and thinking that the day is going to be bad can truly make it a bad day.
If you wake up with a bad attitude, you may notice throughout the day everything seems to go wrong. You may find yourself stuck in traffic, or have confrontations with family or co-workers, and more. What happens during your day is a rippling effect of the emotions of how you began your day.
A good example of a negative affirmation may be something like this: Your alarm goes off in the morning, and you have to get yourself out of bed and head to a job that you don't necessarily enjoy...but it pays the bills. Instead of rejoicing in the day and being grateful, you wake up spiteful and irritated. You may not actually say your negative affirmation out loud. Simply thinking something like, "Here we go again," or "Today is going to be another bad day," can truly make that day a bad one.
In today's world with the uncertain economy, it is easy for people to wake up in the morning with last night's worries still brewing in their minds. This can lead to waking up each day with a sense of dread and depression. Such feelings are definitely counterproductive.
No matter where you are in life...no matter what you may be facing each day, by making a habit of positive self-talk at least once a day, you will be able to face your challenges with a new attitude.
At the beginning of each day, take some time to recite a few positive affirmations. Say them out loud or quietly within your own thoughts. With positive thinking, you can re-train your brain, allowing negative self-talk and doubts to gradually lose importance.
When you start the day with a positive affirmation, it can truly change your outlook. A good example of a positive affirmation in the waking hours, for someone looking for a new job or struggling with debt, may go something like this: "Today is a new day, and anything can happen. I am open to all the amazing opportunities that this day may offer."
If you are having a difficult time with relationships or finding "the one", you may wake up each day with a sense of loneliness and hopelessness. A positive affirmation to turn these feelings around may go something like this: "I am a loving person that is worthy of a loving relationship. I will remain open to the possibility of true love."
It's All in the Attitude
The reality is… stress in life is unavoidable. We all have bad days, and its perfectly natural to be in a bad mood from time to time. It gets dangerous, however, when you stop giving life the benefit of the doubt by repeating that all too common phrase, "life sucks." When you believe that life has nothing to offer, you will find that every day is a challenge.
Turn your attitude around and practice positive affirmations and positive self-talk. You will be able to see the world in an entirely different light, regardless of your circumstances.