Thinking positive thoughts every day will allow you to live a more positive life. It’s easy to be overcome by negative thoughts and experiences, and it’s important to create a positive dialogue with yourself to get you through those tough times.
Some people call these thoughts positive self talk, and this form of inner dialogue can allow you to reach new heights as a person, overcoming all that stands in your way.
The Beauty of Positive Self-Talk
Positive self-talk is the practice of responding to those negative thoughts that creep into your mind throughout the day. You know the thoughts: the ones that have you thinking, “you can’t” instead of “you can,” or “it’s too hard” instead of “you can do it.”
When you replace such negativity with positive thoughts, you can bring about astounding changes in your life and the way you feel about yourself.
Instead of letting your mind go on and on, envisioning one disaster after another, you can train your mind to respond with positive thoughts. These positive thoughts are what we’re calling positive self-talk. The beauty of positive self-talk is that the more you do it, the easier it gets and the more ingrained the habit becomes.
Affirmations as a Tool for Self-Talk
Positive affirmations are a great tool for building your up a positive mindset. They give a form to positive self-talk, especially when you write them down and say them out loud to yourself. I’ve written a fair bit about affirmations in previous posts, so I won’t go into a whole explanation on how to create them here. Suffice to say, the more you repeat your affirmations as positive self-talk, the more ingrained your positive mindset becomes.
However, there are specific times when it will benefit you the most to put these words into action. For example, when you feel worried or anxious before an important event, pull out an affirmation to boost your confidence. Repeating it will allow you to get started on a positive note, which will likely continue throughout the event.
Another way to use positive affirmations as self-talk is when you need a little motivation to finish a project that has you feeling overwhelmed. Use them to remind yourself of your strength or of the reward that waits at the finish line, and you will feel more in control of your project rather than being overwhelmed or intimidated by it.
A third way to use affirmations to boost your positive mindset is when you’re experiencing negative feelings about yourself and your situation such as hopelessness, inadequacy or unworthiness. Giving yourself a short, positive, pep talk pep talk can go a long ways toward helping you to see your situation more realistically.
The bottom line is, you can use positive affirmations during just about any time of inner turmoil to give yourself an attitude adjustment.
Putting Affirmations to Work For You
Now, it’s time to put your positive daily affirmations to work for for you. Just as with any other personal growth practice, it will take time to make positive self-talk a habit. All those years of negative self-talk are not going to disappear overnight. But, by using positive affirmations consistently, you can replace negative self-talk one thought at a time.
Developing targeted self-talk requires you to identify the areas you’d like to change. If you’re feeling less than competent lately, be sure to remind yourself of your worth by adding something like, “I am smart, competent and worthy. I add value to my world.” While there are two sentences in this affirmation, they are easy to say and concise.
Make a list of your most desired changes, and then add an affirmation for each. Make your phrases meaningful and realistic in order to increase their effectiveness. Be sure to repeat them with regularity.
One way to start out is to look for a list of free affirmations that you can download. Here’s one with 50 self-confidence affirmations to get you started.
Another way to put affirmations to work for you is to journal about them. Choose a daily affirmation each morning, and write about what your thoughts and feelings are around that affirmation.
At first, you may wonder if it can be this easy to change your life with affirmations. Consider this fact: haven’t all those negative thoughts running through your mind forged the path that you’ve followed throughout your life and gotten you where you are today?
Now, ask yourself this question and answer it honestly:
If negative thoughts got you where you are now, can you imagine where you could be if the negativity was replaced by confident, positive thoughts?
If you want to lead a positive and fulfilling life you must have a positive mindset. In order to think positively, you must replace the negative thought processes that are already running through your mind.
Since positive affirmations activate your mind to replace negative thought processes with a positive mindset, they simply make the most sense. Plus, they’re so easy. Once you become used to using affirmations on a daily basis, you’ll wish you’d started with them sooner.