As the New Year rolls around we get an opportunity to step back from our busy lives and take stock of the last 12 months. We often ask questions about our achievements over the year. Our positives, but also our negatives. Questions that are common around this time of year. We usually look at how we can improve and how we can achieve our goals. That's why I want to help you as you move into the next 12 months. I want to give you my advice on how you can achieve your goals, and therefore achieve your best year ever.
One of the fastest routes to raising your confidence and motivation is to use affirmations. The effect that negative talk, people, and situations can have on our lives is massive. Using positive affirmations is a proactive way of counterbalancing the negativity that we can be subjected to by both ourselves and others on a daily basis. Affirmations are the best way to ensure that you provide yourself with a continuous supply of positive self-talk and more importantly a continuous, supportive, positive mindset .
Affirmations are positive statements that we can repeat to ourselves in multiple ways on a daily basis. You can write them down, you can read them out loud and you can even listen to them.
The best time to say your affirmations is first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The reason we need to say the affirmations twice daily is because we are trying to grow a new positive picture about a specific action we want to take or a goal we want to achieve. The more we focus on the goal and the positive outcome we want to achieve the more we believe a successful outcome inevitable. This positive belief then steers all our actions in the direction of success.
The important thing is to have the affirmation be relevant to what you are aspiring to achieve. If you are inclined to write your own personalized affirmations I would recommend you follow these 6 simple guidelines.
1. Start your affirmations with "I" or "My."
2. Make your affirmations short so they're easier for you to remember.
3. Write your affirmations in the present tense.
4. Don't begin your affirmations with "I want" or "I need."
5. Make sure all your affirmations are positive statements.
6. Add emotional words to your affirmations
Here are three of my favorite affirmations that I use on a daily basis to keep me committed to my nutrition and exercise routine. Maybe it would be a good idea to install one of the affirmations below or one of your own, as your screen saver or as a welcome note on your phone to help you maintain focus
1. I enjoy my workouts and always feel better afterward
2. I always drink the right amount of water for my needs every day.
3. I love to eat healthy because it provides me with maximum energy.
I have no doubt that you will notice the difference in your self-belief within a few short days and I would recommend you place your affirmations at the top of your daily to-do list. In my opinion, they are the most powerful tool we have available to us, which allow us to build unwavering belief in our ability and greatly improve our performance levels in all we do.
“One thing you have absolute control over is your own thoughts.
That's what puts you in a position to control your own destiny”
Now it's time for you to start to construct your own personalized affirmations and help yourself achieve your own personal best in 2018.
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