Self-affirmation refers to behavioral or cognitive events that sustain, support and strengthen the perceived integrity of the self. Examples of self-affirming events include: (1) receiving positive feedback from others, and (2) reflecting upon positive aspects of oneself.
Positive affirmation is similar to real state or an asset of being that exists in you. You can achieve a full list of I am Y statements by taking a personal positive inventory of your attributes, strengths, talents, and competencies. Examples include: I am competent.., I am energetic, I am strong, I am intelligent, I am a good person, I am trusting, I am caring, I am generous, I am courageous, I am open, etc.
I suggest that every morning when you get up choose one of positive self-esteem affirmations. Say it to yourself throughout the day as many times as possible. Say it with enthusiasm and power. You can change the affirmation daily or you can stick with the one you like. Let it soak into your brain to fill it up with positive, encouraging energy.
The morning is a good time as you more relaxed after sleeping and you begin the day without being concerned about the challenges ahead of you. If you think about these positive affirmations first, you initiate positive feelings right at the beginning of the day and develop an optimistic attitude. If you are cultivating positive thoughts you are more likely to be constructive and successful.
By focusing and acknowledging your positives, you are really tipping the scales of self-evaluation back into balance, moving from the negative side to the positive side. Start a log and write them down in a journal or worksheet so that you remember it and know exactly where to find it. In this way, the positive qualities won’t get lost.
Also, it is important to note, you don’t have to do these positive things absolutely perfectly or 100% of the time – that is impossible. So be realistic about what you write down and look for gradual small incremental changes that would lead you toward desire change.
Re-read these affirmation and achievements you write in your journal, reading them over and over with care and consideration. Reflect on what you have written at the end of the day, week, or month. Let all the positive qualities pile up and “sink in.” This is really important so that you learn to take notice of these things and feel more comfortable acknowledging them, rather than just giving them lip-service. Developing a positive mindset is one of the most powerful life strategies there is.
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