Using Affirmations To Get Real
“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.”
How important is it then, that we see ourselves the way that we actually are so that we can project the truth into the world as opposed to the insecurities we’ve cultivated in its place?
If you believe in purpose, that everyone has their very own mission to live out, then that means all you have to do is go after yours; it’s already there for you. Obviously, it doesn’t pan out that easily. And with discouragement popping up left and right, it’s been super important for me to find ways to keep my mind right.
Enter in visualization and affirmations. Visualization is what I’m fancily calling daydreams. Sounds basic, but the act of envisioning what I want and how it feels to have it is invigorating. If you don’t already, taking time out to imagine your goals out in vivid detail can be a great exercise. Not only does it give you hope, but it also helps you to zone in on what actually makes you happy.
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Affirmations are what you get once you see that person in your head and you need a reminder. Don’t underestimate the power of positive reinforcement. Be your own biggest fan. Gas yourself.
You have to see yourself as you are, before you are. That means that a drop of insecurity, the beginning stages of a stronghold, a flicker of doubt can warf into a full blown roadblock.
You have to see yourself as you are before can become who you are.
You’ll talk yourself out of your dopeness before anyone else even gets the change. It’s why, 2 Corinthians 10:4, reminds us that the weapons of our warfare are meant to demolish human reasoning and false logic.A stronghold is any thought that challenges the truth and that's what we're up against.
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Recent studies have shown that affirmations can boost your ability to solve problems under pressure, help you to stay positive and even make us more receptive to our mistakes.
At their core, affirmations are about being intentional. I’ve been working on being more deliberate about even the smallest of actions, realizing that the more specific and thoughtful I am about the small stuff, the more impact I have in molding my life into my vision. Intentions are the specific things you’d like to see in your life. Think things you want more of or things you want less of. Every good affirmation starts with an intention.
Narrowing down your intentions makes it so that your affirmations are always relevant. Here are a few of my own to illustrate:
Intention: I want to stop letting my emotions guide my actions.
Affirmation: My feelings are important, but they aren’t in control. I allow myself time to cool off and think things through.
Intention: I want to learn how to enjoy where I am now, instead of always being ten steps ahead mentally.
Affirmation: I choose to be fully present in this moment as I enjoy everything it has to offer.
I have my own affirmations posted on my refrigerator so that they’re always in plain view. Writing them is only the first step. You have to incorporate them into your life. Whenever I walk past them I’ll say a few aloud. At first, it felt kind of weird, but now as the weeks have gone by they’re starting to pop up in my head at random times throughout the day. I take that as a sign that they’re really sticking. Sometimes in a moment that applies, I'll remember one and use it to talk myself back into reality.
It's so easy for life to trick you out of what you're meant to do. That's why you'll need a clear vision for what that is to begin with. If you're still trying to figure out what your life's vision even looks like, this workbook will make it crystal clear.