The Power of Positive Thinking

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Affirmations are such a wonderful thing to do because they really help to change negative thought patterns and create positive change in a person’s life. An affirmation a day can have such a profound effect and even make dreams come true!

What is an Affirmation?

An affirmation, also known as a ‘mantra’ is basically a positive statement that you say to yourself over and over to create a positive effect. They are short, powerful statements relating to a specific topic or issue that a person wants to either change or create.

Why Staying Positive is Important

Negative thought patterns can have a very detrimental effect on our health and overall wellbeing. There has been a lot of research around the mind-body connection and how our thoughts and emotions have the ability to affect our physical body. Louise Hay, author of ‘You can heal your life’ and Dr. Lissa Rankin, author of ‘Mind over Medicine’ are experts in this subject and they both advocate the fact that we all have the power to change the state of our health by controlling our thoughts and mindset. Definitely check these amazing ladies out! Positivity is EVERYTHING – even when times are hard and you are faced with very difficult challenges, telling yourself that everything WILL be ok and focusing on the positive will be much more constructive than beating yourself up.

How to Stop Negative Thoughts

The only way to really stop yourself from thinking negative thoughts is to retrain your brain. Research has shown that we have around 70,000 thoughts per day, which is a staggering 70 thoughts per minute whilst we are awake! Many of these thoughts are subconscious so you are not actually even aware that you are thinking them! A high number of these thoughts will be negative thoughts such as putting yourself down, comparing yourself to someone else, beating yourself up because you didn’t do something and general non-productive, destructive self-talk.

When stating an affirmation, what you are doing is making a subconscious thought – a conscious, positive thought. By saying the affirmation over and over, it will eventually take hold and that way of thinking will become a natural thing for you to do. It also helps to use visualisation – actually visualise yourself doing whatever it is that you’re saying.

Positive Affirmations

There are SO many ways that you can use a positive affirmation and they can be used in literally any area of your life – whether it be money, love, health, career or self-esteem. If you come up with the words and focus on the issue that you want to create positive change in, then you can create a positive affirmation.

Here are a few of my favourites… (and a few from some inspirational leaders)

Affirmations for Success

I can achieve anything I put my mind to because anything is possible

Every day I am one step closer to achieving my goal, as long as I apply myself and take action

If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney

Affirmations for Self-Esteem

I love and approve of myself – Louise Hay

I have my own unique set of talents that the world needs

I play an important role in the world & add value to other people’s lives

 Affirmations for Love

I am open and willing to accept the love of someone special

I am surrounded by those who love and accept me

Life is a joy and filled with love – Louise Hay

 

Have you got any inspiring affirmations to share? If so, please share them in the comments below.

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Michelle is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner who is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and helping others to achieve their health goals. She is also a Jungle Body Dance Fitness Instructor, which not only keeps her fit but also helps her to inspire others to feel confident and get in shape.

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