Negative thinking about oneself can be one of the most difficult things to overcome, but it is an essential skill if you wish to lead a happier, more positive and successful life.
The average person has thousands of thoughts every second, some of which are conscious, but many of which are unconscious. A number of these might also be negative – that is, self-critical in regard to many things. Even if they are “true” or accurate observations, negativity seldom helps bring about transformation, as compared with the power of positive thinking.
Negative versus Positive Perceptions
An example of negative versus positive perceptions is the image of the glass partially filled with liquid. Is the glass half empty, or half full? It is all a question of viewpoint. With the help of affirmations – positive, powerful statements, you can change your perception of yourself and begin to love the life you’re leading.
One of the best ways to first understand your own mind is to meditate for a few minutes each day. You can start out simply, just focusing on the breath going in and out, circling lightly past your nostrils. Once your breath is deep and even, try to count to ten slowly without any distracting thoughts interrupting you.
When you first start meditating, you will probably be amazed at just how busy your mind is, chattering about all sorts of things. Practicing meditators call this “monkey mind,” as it swings from one thought to the next with dizzying speed.
Once you have started meditating, a good tool to tame the monkey mind, sort out negative from positive, and choose an area of your life where you feel stuck, is to journal about the thoughts that keep coming up and undermining you. In this way, you can find affirmations that will counteract them.
Affirmations are powerful words and phrases that can change your mind, and therefore your world. Once you stop beating yourself up with negative and often untrue thoughts about yourself, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. Affirmations can boost your self-esteem and give you the kind of unshakeable confidence you’ve admired in other people and wished you had yourself.
Fear of Failure
One of the main aspects of negative self-talk is fear of failure. “What if I fail?” is such a powerful question that it can stop even the most talented people in their tracks and block them from trying to accomplish their goals.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
Affirmations can help you feel the fear, but do it anyway. Think of the Little Engine That Could. His affirmation was, “I think I can, I think I can.” Similarly, as Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
Our thoughts create our world. Negative thoughts create negative results. Positive ones create a whole new world of opportunities. Try these affirmations and see if they help the areas where you are stuck in your life:
1. I am strong.
2. I am fearless.
3. I’ve got this.
4. I’m ready for anything that comes my way.
5. I am unique and full of worth.
6. I don’t have to be perfect; I just have to do my best.
7. I attract all of the best things in life.
8. I always try to do the right thing.
9. I can do whatever I set my mind to.
10. I like and admire myself for all I am and will become.
If your mind is full of negative chatter, it’s time to eliminate negative thoughts about yourself by mastering affirmations so you can enjoy living YOUR best life.
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