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What is Self-Affirmation, why it is important and how to practice it. We can think of affirmations as positive thoughts that help us overcome negative, nagging self-sabotaging thoughts. You repeat them often to program your brain to think positively. In this article you will find  5 steps guide to make it a habit.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Whatever...

And here you think straight away: yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever… It is silly. It doesn’t work.

You have two options. Leave it or do it.

Either do nothing and nothing will change for you.

Or

Try it out and in worst case scenario it will work for you and it will change your life.

That easy.
We recommend first option. You have nothing to lose.

Why is it important to practice self-affirmation?

Self-Affirmation changes the way we think. Naturally we may have in us inner saboteur, the part of our personality which tells us very often that we will not be able to achieve what we want, which disrupts and delays our efforts.. Inner saboteur is driven by our fears. It is up to us to let this voice in us speak louder or to stop talking. Affrimations help us to drive our attention from negatives to positives. We focus on on convincing our mind that everything will be fine, everything will go according to our plans and we will achieve our goal.

How to approach self-affirmation?

First of all: Open your mind, apply for once properly, don’t make fun of it and actually do it.

What could your affirmation be? Think about what you are afraid of and think what you need to overcome it. For example: I am afraid that I will not pass this exam. You think here: I have knowledge and I will pass this exam. So you literally oppose your fears and your inner saboteur.

You can also come up with the self-affirmation for what you want to change in your life, for example your inner saboteur is saying to you: you will never lose weight. The affirmation you can use is: I am strong and I will lose weight.

Other self-affirmations you could use:

  • I am strong.
  • I am worth it.
  • I will not compare myself to others.
  • I will make it.
  • I will eat healthy.
  • I will achieve [my goal – here mention your goal] – I will get there.
  • I am a master of my own life.
  • This business trip will be successful.
You can literally come up with any affirmation that you think will help you. It can concern any area of your life.

Here are 5 steps to practice self-affirmation that actually work:

  1. Write down your affirmation on a piece of paper.
  2. Attach this piece of paper to the mirror. You can go to the bathroom to make sure you’re on your own.
  3. Look into the mirror and make an eye contact with you reflection. Be open to the experience. Smile to yourself.
  4. Say your affirmation out loud: This day will be great for me.
  5. Observe how you will feel after saying your affirmation out loud.

What is next?

Start each day like that, i.e. when going to brush your teeth. Practice self-affirmation until you convince yourself that everything will be just fine and that you will achieve what you want. If you don’t convince yourself after first time, you will definitely convince yourself after few times – your mind will eventually believe in what you’re saying to yourself. Self-affirmation may be a first step to living your mindful life.

Give it a go. Open yourself to self-affirmation as it will change the way you think and it will definitely change your life for better.

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