July 20


The Power of Self-Affirmation

By Andrea Barnes

July 20, 2020

How often do you talk to yourself? Our unconscious mind is heavily impacted by what we say to ourselves and is often an underutilized resource for changing the dynamic of our behavior. Continuous negative self-talk can contribute to self-sabotage and a fixed mindset, but self-affirmation can be a powerful tool for moving yourself forward.

Building self-awareness is the first step in gaining clarity on your self-talk and how to counteract with self-affirmation. Affirmations provide empowerment for taking charge of your reactions and a shift toward a growth mindset.

I have never been quiet about my struggle with anxiety – crippling feelings of loss of control, with nausea, shortness of breath, and vertigo.  During one of my panic attacks I managed to call my therapist who guided me through the method of positive self-talk. I had never utilized this method for myself in that specific way, but I couldn’t believe how much more quickly I was able to bring myself back to a calm state, embrace my symptoms associated with that attack and move forward.  I told myself, “my symptoms do not define me.”

You do not have to wait until your head is spinning to utilize the power of self-affirmation. The moment you get irritated, look yourself in the mirror, and say, “I have the power to control my thoughts,” “I am confident I can achieve my goal,” “However big the mountain, I will climb it,” “I am the only one who can determine my self-worth,” “I choose a positive and growth mindset.” You can also choose to write these down and keep them in a place you will see them every day. If you ever have doubts, go back to these notes and give yourself a motivation and confidence boost.

Create your own positive mantras:
Start with “I am.” Keep it simple, specific, and positive, and stay in the present.

Reduce limiting beliefs. Allow yourself this type of self-affirmation on a regular basis, like an exercise for your mind, and set yourself up for growth and success.

Andrea Barnes

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