In early 2020, I was talking to my friend Jennifer Mencarini about the weirdness of it all when she offered to share some Affirmations with me. As I read the words, I knew an Affirmation practice was something I was ready for.
Jennifer shared Affirmations from Mastin Kipp, author of Daily Love:
- I am flexible and able to safely manage change.
- This unforeseen event is a chance to evolve, grow and discover even more of who I am.
- I do not have to solve this problem by myself. I am free to ask for help from others, the Universe or God.
These phrases resonated with me, and I wanted to know more.
What is an Affirmation practice?
This wellness approach uses positive statements to challenge the negative self-talk that often happens in our heads.
These positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we think and act differently.
As I looked back at 2020 and 2021 Affirmations, and set my 2022 Affirmations, I was happy to see how my mind and attitude has shifted in a more positive direction in the past two years. I don’t want to discount the importance of other health-related measures I’ve taken to deal with the upheaval of the world, but I am convinced that my Affirmation practice has made a positive difference.
2020 My Affirmations
In 2020, my affirmations addressed the anxiety I felt in the new role, the isolation of working from home, and the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic.
- I can do this work. I have the skills and experience. I have the network and resources.
- I will look for joy in my work. I am helping people. I am not solving their problems single-handedly, but I am helping them find solutions that ease their pain.
- This is a difficult time, and I will give myself grace.
As I look back on these Affirmations, I remember the exact way I was feeling when I wrote them. I was honest in my declarations. I started every day by reading and repeating the Affirmations. During the day when I was stuck, I would go back to them almost as a breathing exercise.
The Affirmations made me feel much more at peace at a time when the world felt out of control, as did my response to the world.
The MindTools website says that using Affirmations is a way of harnessing positive thinking. Many of us experience the negative thoughts I was experiencing in 2020. A problem with negative thoughts is they can become self-fulfilling prophecies. However, if we deliberately use positive thoughts, the effect can be powerful.
Affirmations are not just “wishful thinking.” MindTools compares repetitive positive self-talk to the repetitive exercises we use to improve our physical health.
Here are my 2021 Affirmations
- What is meant for me will come to me
- Recognize that ruminating will blow events out of proportion. Action is a deterrent to the ruminating mind; stop ruminating and start moving.
- Recognize what I have no control over and stop worrying. Learn what I can control – primarily my own response – and focus on that.
- Let go and let God.
MindTool shares that evidence suggests that Affirmations help us perform better at work.
For example, before a job interview (or performance review, ugh!), spending a few minutes thinking about your best qualities can calm your nerves, increase your confidence, and improve your chances of a successful outcome.
I spent January 4 preparing myself for the New Year. I finalized my goals, I started new spreadsheets to track progress on projects, and I wrote my new Affirmations.
- Words matter.
- Embrace the mindset of abundance.
- I choose peace over being right.
- I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
- Everything is unfolding in perfect Divine order in my life.
- Look through eyes of faith and forgiveness.
After writing my new Affirmations, I was struck by the progress I ‘d made in two years as I compared my 2022 list to 2020 and 2021. Instead of using words such as “difficult time” my Affirmations seemed to reflect a shift in thought.
Instead of convincing myself through self-talk that I can get to where I need to be, I noted that I AM where I need to be. That was a WOW moment for me.
Set Your Own Affirmations
Visit Using Affirmations – Stress Management From MindTools.com, to learn more about the benefits of an Affirmation practice, how to use Affirmations, and how to create your own Affirmations.
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