Step 2: Saying Your Affirmations
Keep it slow and steady. Don’t rush through them. Your affirmations will be more effective if you say them slowly, pausing in between each one to let it sink in. Consider taking a deep breath in between each one to feel as if you are inhaling the positivity and exhaling your old negative way of thinking.
Say them like you mean it (even if you don’t). When reciting your affirmations, imagine that you are trying to convince someone else that they are true. Also, try using different tones or emphasizing different words, like you’re rehearsing a line for a play. Don’t mumble them or go too fast just to get them out of the way.
Recite your affirmations every day. If some haven’t sunk in yet, repeat them multiple times in a row. Choose a time that becomes part of your daily routine—when you first wake up, before meals, or right before bed. Also, vary the order of the affirmations so that your recitations don’t become stale.
Step 3: Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor
Don’t expect your affirmations to derail your negative thinking overnight; changing the way you think is hard, slow work. It could take weeks or months to feel yourself turn over to a new perspective. Have faith that over time your diligent recitations will pay off and come to mind spontaneously as you go through your daily life. You’ll also be more aware of the negative thinking that used to be so automatic.
Rather than wallowing in the suffering that always accompanies negative, self-handicapping thinking, daily affirmations will help you eagerly anticipate each new day and feel as if you can cope better with daily challenges. Most importantly, you’ll begin to feel the happiness that comes with a steady stream of positive thoughts—not to mention the satisfaction of purposely changing the way you think. If you don’t think that affirmations will help you, I’ve taken the liberty of writing your first one: “Daily affirmations can and will help me to think more positively!” The rest are up to you. Good luck!
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