The Value of Positive Affirmations

I have to confess that when I first heard someone speak to me about "affirmations," I did not take the concept seriously. My mind went back to old TV episodes of Saturday Night Live where they made jokes about this practice. However, I've come to realize that positive affirmations can be life-changing! Affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you change the beliefs, images, and thought processes that are holding you back from growing and achieving what you want in your life. Everyday we engage in self-talk, often on an unconscious level. This self-talk can be edifying or it can be limiting - possibly even destructive! In other words, if you are not aware of your self-talk, what you are affirming to yourself may not be good or productive. For example, I frequently hear and observe people saying things to themselves like "I'm no good at..." or "I could never do...." Too often I talk to people who have self-talk that is undermining powerful performance! You want to deliberately design and use affirmations that support you in your personal growth and help you achieve the outcomes that you desire. The use of positive affirmations and visualization on a regular, conscious basis will support your success. Positive affirmations alone do not guarantee success. However, creating positive statements that challenge our limiting or self-defeating messages can be powerful. As we review and rehearse these positive statements consistently, they will become a part of our beliefs and self-talk. They will transform our mindset, our behaviors, and our outcomes. Over time these new behaviors become habits that lead to greater success. So to summarize, here is the purpose of affirmations:
  1. To re-train your subconscious mind,
  2. To re-move your limiting beliefs, and
  3. To create new energy, hope, and outcomes.
I'm a skeptic turned believer! I review my affirmations daily and I continually see positive changes in me and my performance. This is a practice utilized by great athletes, corporate executives, successful sales professionals, growing business owners, and many more people who want to grow and improve their outcomes. Why don't you give it a try? Let me know your feedback and experience with this. In my next post I will talk about how to create powerful, positive affirmations. But in the meantime, give it a go yourself!

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9 Responses to “The Value of Positive Affirmations”

  1. Glenn says:

    Brian & Rand, thank you both for the comments. You are both spot on! Good encouragement.

  2. Glenn, I agree whole-heartedly! We cannot keep running ourselves down mentally, and expect a good outcome. Neither do I think we should try to affirm a ridiculous or arrogant view of ourself. But as the Bible says in Romans 12:3 “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly (with sound judgement)…” Think not too high, but also not too low of ourselves! If God has given you abilities, use them to the best you can, and give the glory to God.

  3. Brian says:

    Truer words were never spoken and it doesn’t matter what your objective is, weight loss, more sales or anything in between.

  4. Glenn says:

    Thank you everyone for your comments! Marcia, I love how you are using affirmations with the children in your school. Glad you all have experienced this as powerfully as I have. Again, thanks for sharing!

  5. Marcia says:

    Our students had an Affirmation Web to put affirmations each week after yoga. You could see them light up when you asked what was their affirmation for the week. At the end of the year, the web was full of affirmations. Hopefully, this exercise will start the children on a path of affirmations for life.

  6. So true Glenn and I had gotten away from this. Self talk is very powerful and we all live with past negative self talk and hangups. Thanks for reminding me how powerful this is and how it should be an important part of our daily routine. I am starting back today!!

  7. Stuart Paykel says:

    Glenn,

    I appreciate your post. My wife and I have been utlizing this practice for a few years now. It works!

    Stuart

  8. Glenn says:

    Thanks Sid for your comment and encouragement!

  9. Sidney Mendelson says:

    I could not agree more with your insightful posting. Since childhood, many of us are consumed with self-judgements—negative affirmations—which is the self talk you mentioned. Positive affirmations fill our hearts, soul and mind with kindness, love and the power to fullfill our life’s mission and purpose.