You are what you think. Affirmations are powerful! Did you know they can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts?

It’s typically much easier to affirm others and more challenging to affirm ourselves. For the most part, this is a practice that we aren’t taught growing up but we need to remember to encourage ourselves, too. Affirmations are a powerful way to improve our mindsets on a daily basis, and research has shown they can increase our feelings of self-worth.

Let’s set some ground rules, however. Telling yourself “I’m financially abundant” when you feel completely broke isn’t going to magically attract more money. You don’t want to make things worse. Affirmations should focus on gently reminding ourselves of the value and interests that are already part of our core self. Things you know deep down you’re capable of doing. This isn’t about trying to convince yourself that you’re something when you don’t feel that way at all. Reflect on things you know and believe are good about yourself and your life.

Affirmations help filter our thoughts and rewire some of the thought patterns going on in our mind. Like exercise, affirmations push our brains to form new clusters of positive thoughts, and if practiced consistently, they strengthen. Let’s break that pattern of negative thoughts, speech, and therefore negative actions.

Here are some affirmations to get you started:

  • I am confident in my ability to overcome this
  • I give myself permission to do what is right for me
  • I trust myself for make the right decision
  • I am learning valuable lessons from myself every day
  • I give myself space to grow and learn
  • I radiate patience with myself and others
  • Setting boundaries doesn’t make me a jerk, it prevents me from becoming one
  • I put my energy into things that matter to me
  • I am at peace with who I am as a person
  • I make a difference in this world by living in it
  • I accept my emotions and let them serve their purpose
  • I am motivated to