By: Nayelle Williams, Secondary English Education
With the chaos and complexities of this world, it is easy to lose focus and become somewhat pessimistic. However, it is essential to maintain a level of optimism and positivity. Daily affirmations enable one to do just that. According to Dr. Kathryn J. Lively, “Affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it. They are also used to help us create the reality we want”. By restating affirmations, we are confidently vocalizing our aspirations, dreams and desires.
It may be beneficial to incorporate affirmations into your daily routine. If you are unsure of how to create one, follow these simple rules:
1. Begin the affirmation with “I” or “I am”—affirmations are typically in the first person.
2. Speak your affirmation in the positive rather than negative.
3. Incorporate strong, emotional language in your affirmation to emphasize the point you are making.
4. Write and speak your affirmations in the present tense, as if they are happening.
Example: “I am successful. The words can’t and impossible are not in my vocabulary. I am someone!”
Affirmations are a powerful tool to stimulate self-esteem and positivity. It is important to believe what you are boldly stating. Try reciting your affirmations in the morning to start your day off right.