Most people probably have some thing or other about their life that they’d love to change. Whether it’s their job, home or health, many people are not contented with all aspects of their lives. As someone who has spent many years making goals and then failing to achieve said goals, I’ve recently realized why I didn’t achieve them. There is a process to goal-making that many of us know: write down your goal; set steps to take so you can achieve the goal; do the work. While this model is good, I’ve found it’s not going to get you where you want to go. To do that, you have to add something else – affirmations.
Yep, for years I had the idea that affirmations were for “other people” and I didn’t really need them. However, on January 2nd I started saying affirmations every night before I fell asleep. And, guess what? Somewhere in my beanie little brain, I started to think these affirmations just might be correct. And, since my easiest (ha! – easy!) goal was getting up and working out, that’s what I’ve done. I’ve now formed a habit, and I get up every morning between 4:45 and 6:00 (which is my idea of “sleeping late”) and work out. I don’t do this because I “love it”, I do it because it’s my goal, and now has become a part of my daily routine.
How did I come to this miraculous conclusion? Well, when I was writing my 200+ Days of Change post, I began wondering why I was actually achieving this specific goal against all the odds – family, time, naysayers, ME, and realized that the affirmations were the only thing I was doing differently this time around. My affirmations are specific to what I want to accomplish this year, but at the same time they are designed to increase my self-esteem and self-confidence (something a lot of people need to work on). I believe that the most important ones I say are: “I am a worthy person”; “I believe in myself”; and “I love myself”. Now that I’ve figured out this works, I’m going to start saying my affirmations in the morning, too. Maybe this will help me start achieving my other goals, too.
If you have low self-esteem, or self-confidence issues, I urge you to say these affirmations to yourself as many times as you can every day. Just keep saying them even if it makes you feel silly or uncomfortable – I had a really hard time at first, but just kept at it (fake it until you believe it). See if you don’t feel differently after 30 or 60 days of being consistent. It’s a small thing to do, but it just might help you change your life for the better.