Daily affirmations are much more than a trend … they’re tools we can use to add a bit more positivity to our lives. If you’re not familiar, these are simple statements that help you speak your goals into existence. You can say them to yourself in the mirror, in the car on the way to work, or anywhere else for that matter. They can be especially handy on the days you’re not feeling your best. Repeating a positive mantra might help you achieve a more positive mindset as you take on the day.
You may be a little bit skeptical about how this works—and rightfully so. How could just a few positive words have any impact on your day? In truth, there’s a lot of research that supports affirmations and their effectiveness on our minds and, ultimately, our lives. One study found that when we’re feeling threatened by a particular criticism or failure, affirmations remind us of the things we value about ourselves more broadly, among other benefits.
I am surrounded by people who want to see me succeed.
It’s human nature to care about what others think of us. Especially when it comes to bosses or coworkers, we strive to be accepted and show that we bring value to our work. Oftentimes, we overthink even the tiniest details of our daily interactions and spin it in our minds to make ourselves believe that we’re not good enough. If you struggle with this mindset, try repeating this simple mantra in the mornings. It will help boost your confidence and remind you that you are worthy of others’ time.
For more tips on confidence building, read this blog post.
I will not compare myself to others.
In today’s world, there are so many opportunities to measure ourselves against others, whether in person or online. With social media’s presence in our lives, it can be easy to fall into the pit of comparing yourself to strangers on the internet. In fact, a study by Stylist Magazine found that 44% of their readers can’t help but compare when they see others sharing their amazing experiences online; for others, it’s career success (40%) or benchmarking where they’re at in life compared to their peers (38%). A quick affirmation can serve as your daily reminder that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side; it’s green where you water it. Be sure to stay focused on yourself.
I have the drive to achieve my goals.
Do you ever have one of those days (or weeks) when you just feel … blah? You have goals and you still want to achieve them, but you just don’t feel like you have the necessary amount of energy to put toward them. Use your daily affirmations as a way of giving yourself a little pep talk. This simple phrase will help you stay committed to your goals and remind you that you already have all the tools you need to succeed.
I choose to be optimistic today.
As much as we wish they could, positive affirmations won’t fully change your circumstances—just the way you look at them. Repeat this mantra to remind yourself to face today with a positive mindset. At the end of your day, you have very little control over the things that are going on around you, but you are 100% in control of your reaction to them.
In order to start seeing positive effects of daily affirmations on your life, it’s important to repeat them as often as possible. Make this a part of your morning routine by saying them in the shower or while you’re making coffee. There is no magic to it … just a strong dedication to a refreshed mindset and a more positive life.
For more tips on living your best life, read our blog post here on “New Ways to Start Your Mornings.”