Developing a positive mindset is one of the most powerful strategies to turn your life around. Positive affirmations can help develop a powerful and positive attitude to life, which are essential elements in living a successful and healthy life.
Positive affirmations are essentially positive thoughts or statements about some outcome that you wish to see manifest in your life. The daily repetition of these affirmations has the power to impress the subconscious mind and trigger it into positive action, thereby transforming your habits, behavior, mental attitudes and reactions.
The very first thing you need to look at before creating your own personalized affirmations is to visualize your goal. Be specific and be sure to put in all the details – the outcome, the behaviors, attitudes, and traits you would like to see yourself develop in order to get there. Visualization is key – if you want a new car, put a picture of the car you want in a place you’ll see frequently during the day.
Make sure to only use positive words and phrases when creating your personal affirmations, for example, if trying to lose weight, don’t use the phrases “I need to lose weight” or “I look fat”; instead say “I am slim”. Also, use the present tense because by doing so, you say things as if they are already true, and not as if you would like them to be true.
The skeptic in you could ask: can affirmations really make a difference in my life? Listen to what your inner voice is telling yourself day after day. Is it the voice of Mr. Negative or Mr. Positive? Few people are as optimistic or positive as they should be. If Mr. Negative is more dominant than Mr. Positive, positive affirmations could be the way to reprogram your thinking and vanquish the negative patterns that have been holding you back from the success you hope to achieve.
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How Positive Affirmations Help Manage Stress
Positive affirmations are a great tool to rewire your subconscious mind from a state of negative thinking to positive. The basic concept is to create positive statements based on situations or outcomes which you would like to see manifested, and repeat them often enough so that they become part of your way of thinking and seeing your world.
To come up with your own positive affirmations, use the following guidelines:
- Visualize your intentions: List down all that you are trying to create in your life – the outcome, the behaviors, attitudes, and traits you would like to see yourself develop in order to get there.
- Create your statements: Once you can visualize what you are aiming for, try to put that idea into simple statements that reflect the reality that you want to create. Use the present tense to create statements such that they seem already true, and not as if you would like them to be true.
- Use the positive: When creating positive affirmations, make sure that they say things they want to see and experience, and not what you don’t want to see and experience. Use positive words and phrases, for example, instead of saying “I don’t want to feel stress”, say “I’m feeling peace”. Using the negative words “don’t” or even “stress” could cause your brain to register the negative, rather than the positive intentions behind your affirmations.
Once you’ve created your own personal positive affirmations, find ways to introduce them into your daily life.
- Repetition. Set aside a special quiet time of the day to repeat your affirmations to yourself. Do this with clear intent, faith, and belief. Rather than repeat them mentally or out loud, another alternative would be to make a recording of yourself repeating these affirmations and listening to them while you drive to work or do laundry.
- Write them down. A good way to remind you of your personal affirmations is to write them on post-its that you place around the house in places where you’re likely to see them (fridge, bathroom mirror, etc.)
How to Choose a Good Self-Help Book
Sometimes you get to a point in your life where you need some help. You may turn to the people around you, but you begin to realize that the type of help you need is the type of help others can’t provide you with. So perhaps you will be on the lookout for a good self-help book. You’ll want a book that can provide you with the most help, and there is often a large number to choose from.
Here is a list of what to look for in a self-help book and how to choose the best one for you.
1. Look for a book that focuses on a limited range of problems. The books that tend to rank the highest are the ones that have only focused on a specific disorder.
2. Look at the author’s credentials. When purchasing a self-help book, you’ll want to get a book that has information that is scholarly and backed well with research and knowledge. Most times, the books ranked the highest are often written by doctors and professors.
3. Avoid the books that have claims that are too good to be true. This is a common thing that’s stated and should be something that is well known to everyone, but it’s especially important when it comes to you helping yourself. For example, if a book claims to banish your anxiety problems forever, don’t get sucked in too easily. Unfortunately, a book cannot be guaranteed to provide you with relief from anxiety, or any other social issue, forever. That is only YOU who can decide to do that.
4. Is the book you’re looking at based on scientific evidence? This is often hard to tell right off the bat, but know that the books that are ranked highest usually have some sort of data and experiments involved to back up the credibility.
5. Look for a book that helps you monitor your progress. Having this type of guidance and help allows you to see how far you’ve come, which is something wonderful within itself. You can visually see and feel how far you’ve come and how much you’ve changed since the beginning of your self-help journey.
6. Flip through the book and see if it ever discusses the chance of relapse or any setbacks. Only about half of all the self-help books published allude to a sense of setbacks or relapse and how to bounce back from them.
7. Does the book discuss when you should seek professional help if need be? Sometimes you can’t always help yourself. If you get to that point, it’s important that you get the help you need from someone who specializes in your problem.
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