I believe in the power of spoken affirmations. There is a reason why people for thousands of years in different cultures have always practiced the repetition of their founding beliefs. Affirmations are true and empowering statements that are confidently said in a way that grounds yourself or your business. The practice centers you and brings you back to your core values.
There is so much power in the words we say and think and it’s important how we use those words. Using negative words turns into negative thoughts and quickly turns into a negative viewpoint or experience. Depression and anxiety often start with just the same anxious thoughts in our head on repeat. “I can’t believe I just said that. I messed up. I’m not good enough…” Likewise, strong and positive views can have a remarkable effect on how we feel about ourselves, our relationships and our careers.
We’ve all seen this video of a little girl named Jessica in her bathroom. She is pumped! She is inspiring! She is exercising positive affirmations! She also might just be really joyful about her life – but isn’t that what we ultimately want? We want to feel powerful, inspired, confident and successful. And even if we don’t feel as confident as Jessica about our current situation, practicing positive affirmations can help us begin to feel that way.
Our thoughts are just that – thoughts. Our minds do not fully understand what is real or fantasy. Our thoughts about what is real define our experiences and concept of truth. For example: a teacher telling a 3rd grader that they aren’t naturally athletic. That interaction could stick around in the conscious or subconscious of that child for the rest of their life. That was just one interaction; It might not even be the truth! That person will unconsciously avoid sports and activities because “I’m just not a good athlete.”
Words have a huge effect on our careers. We can choose to say, “I’m very organized, I always know where my ________ are.” or we can choose to say, “I’m terrible at customer relations. I just can’t connect with clients.” Regardless of the actual truth, the more we say these things in our minds, the more we believe them. Repetition creates grooves. Think of a trail at a park. That trail once was nothing – just wild growth like the rest of the park. Over time, after constant moving feet following the same direction, a path forms. Our thoughts do the same thing. Our thoughts, whether positive or negative, create the things we believe.
In a really low point in my life, I found myself believing a lot of negative truths about myself and my life. I almost quit graphic design altogether, I almost moved home, and I thought I didn’t deserve my loving friends. It was in a dark moment one day that I shook off some of that darkness and refused to believe that truth anymore.
I am a badass lady and I can do anything I put my mind to.
That has been my affirmation since that day, for the last four years. It got me through a lot of scary, uncertain experiences, especially with my career. I said it every day for months. Sometimes I screamed it, sometimes I said it under my breath, and other times, I said it reluctantly, only in my head. And eventually, things started to look up and I actually started to believe what I was saying.
I still say my positive affirmation when I need a boost of confidence. Though these days, I have a visual reminder of my powerful phrase. I call her Boss Lady. She is a permanent fixture on my mac’s desktop and I have her printed out and posted near my workspace too. She is the embodiment of my affirmation. Boss Lady is a powerful, strong, badass lady ready to kick some evil butt.
Create a powerful, powerful affirmation for yourself. Spend some time outside and think of a phrase that will empower you. It can be about yourself: “I’m worthy”. It can be about your business: “We are innovative and we will succeed.” What matters is that you break down the untruths in your life with real, solid truth. Speak positivity into your life.