The dictionary defines affirmation as, “the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed.” Not much to go on, so let’s break it down.
Affirm as a verb, to confirm or validate. To make solid or resilient, to make an agreement or plan explicit and definite. Okay, it’s starting to come together. Affirmations as positive statements can help you defeat negative thoughts, negative self-talk.
Here’s the not so great news, affirmations can be negative as well as positive. Unfortunately, many of us may repeat negative affirmations daily and not even realize it. Depending if negative programming was reinforced in childhood (things like, “you’re so stupid, you can’t do anything”) we may continue that negative self-talk into adulthood.
We can now, in adulthood, focus on erasing those old negative tapes spinning in our heads. We can take self-care responsibility and safely begin replacing negative self-talk with positive affirmations. Easier said than done, I know. Just start with baby steps and go from there.
Choose strong, positive affirmations that help determine and reinforce intentions and choices. When our thoughts are hopeful and optimistic, our body responds with hope and confidence.
Yes, affirmations as positive statements can help us defeat negative thoughts, negative self-talk. Write your favorites and place them everywhere. Repeat them daily. Believe them and live them. You are clever and you can do anything!