The Power of Positive Affirmations
Happy February, Boss!
Today we’re kicking off a new series of Try It Tuesday posts to give you small, weekly challenges for our community to take part in together.
This month we’re focusing on bringing more self-love into our lives here at Bossed Up, and today I want to start by focusing on the power of positive affirmations.
Many of us struggle with negative self-talk. It comes with the territory of having a critical, analytical mind (which can be very helpful for problem-solving but not so great when it comes to boosting your self-confidence). Our negative thoughts can easily turn into self-fulfilling prophecies:
“I can’t convince my boss I’m worthy of a promotion”
“I’m just no good at getting my point across in meetings”
“I’ll never be able to earn my client’s respect.”
These thoughts can limit our perception of what’s possible, and dictate our behavior in a not-so-hot direction. If we don’t think we can get that promotion, for instance, why would we even bother trying?
Positive affirmations, on the other hand, can have an empowering effect. Some researchers found that spending a few minutes focusing on your best qualities before a high-pressure meeting can calm nerves, increase confidence, and improve your chances of success. Another study even found that affirmations can help mitigate the negative impacts of chronic stress.
For this week’s Try It Tuesday, I want you to start the day off by writing 3 things you love about yourself. Write them on a sticky note, on your LifeTracker Planner, or in a place where you’ll see them for most of the day.
Tag us online @BossedUpOrg to share your #SelfLoveChallenge check-ins or weigh in via our Courage Community on Facebook to show us what it looks like to love yourself loud and proud!
Repeat these affirmations to yourself whenever you find yourself struggling or stressed out throughout your day for an added boost of happiness and encouragement, too.
Here are mine for today – what are yours?
— Emilie Aries (@emiliearies) February 6, 2018