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September 15, 2008

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September 2008 Monthly Newsletter

Positive Affirmations

"A man is what he thinks about all day long." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine that your friend is down on herself and you want to encourage her by saying positive things to buoy her spirits. What are some of the things you will say to make her feel better? You may begin to think of her positive traits, her wonderful characteristics, and you may even give some examples of her thoughtfulness. The same thing goes for self. When you feel down or begin to doubt yourself, you also need to find words of encouragement to redirect your focus and stimulate positive thoughts within you. There are times when discouragements and doubts set in and you are the only one available to bolster your spirits and get you motivated again. This is where the positive self-talk comes in handy. Talk yourself into feeling better. Allow the continuous flow of positive talk to replace your negative inner voice at work. Logically and rationally explain situations to yourself. Do it continuously making it a daily habit.

The wonderful thing about positive self-talk is that is comes from within you. You get the credit for motivating you, which is an empowering feeling. It is an opportunity to use the power within you to bring about valuable changes in your life.

The following are tips on how to carry out positive self-affirmations:

1. Always use the first person singular pronoun "I" when giving self-affirmations. Remember the affirmations are only to self, so they must be subjective in nature and addressed to you. This personalizes the affirmation and allows more conscious awareness of the constructive feedback. This slowly replaces the negative beliefs lodged in the subconscious.

2. The positive self-talk must be brief, short, positive statements. It must be easy to remember, powerful, concise verbalizations that can be repeated continuously like a mantra. For example, I am a good person, I am positive, I am ambitious, and I am motivated.

3. Positive affirmations must be spoken in the present tense. This means the feedback is already occurring. It is not something that will occur in the future or has happened and continues to happen. For example, avoid statements that begin with "I am going to", or "I would like to." Instead say "I can" or "I will."

4. Positive self-talk must be realistic and believable. You cannot trick your subconscious into believing something that is not so. You also cannot believe other peoples criticisms of you. You must be real and true to self. Be open to receiving the truth about you and believe it.

5. Give yourself reminders. Use small post it notes to remind you of positive self-talk. Every time you find yourself saying something negative about yourself turn it around and replace it with something positive. Let this become a habit.

Here is a list of some positive affirmations:

  • I am beautiful
  • I am special
  • I am unique
  • I am a winner
  • I am courageous
  • I am lovable
  • I am fun and spontaneous
  • I am strong
  • I am proud of who I am
  • I take care of my health
  • I am grateful for all that I have
  • I am highly capable
  • I am kind and compassionate
  • I reach out to my community
Begin today to empower yourself by using positive self-talk and affirmations. Observe the transformation taking place in your life and give yourself the credit.

Tor Your Success
Audrey Marlene

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