Changing your mindset is like embarking on a new eating plan or fitness regime – it takes time to make it a habit, but once it does it becomes as natural as the air that you breathe. Positive affirmations are like daily words of encouragement that you give to yourself, and while it may seem a little strange at first, they really do work.
The thing is, people who practice positivity don’t ignore the bad things which happen in life – because we all know bad things do happen – but rather, they choose to see them, and life, from a different perspective.
By undertaking this 30-day challenge, you will slowly but surely retrain your mind to see life from a different angle, and that will change your life completely.
How to Get the Best Out of This Challenge
I’d like to tell you that simply repeating these mantras out loud will be enough to take your life to another level, but there is a little more to it than merely speaking a few words. While these affirmations are powerful, they do come with a few caveats:
- Repeat them often. Saying them in the mirror before you brush your teeth is a good start, but for real power, you will need to repeat them throughout the day. Write each new one down on a Post-It or in a notebook and glance at it whenever you get the chance, then repeat it out loud.
- Always repeat affirmations in the present tense, as though whatever is written is a fact – a given. Speak it as though it is already happening. By doing this, your mind will slowly but surely begin to accept that what you are saying is a reality, rather than a goal.
- Make a conscious effort to stop negativity in its tracks by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
- Power through the awkwardness. Speaking words of encouragement to yourself may seem totally alien to you in the short term, but it shouldn’t. You encourage other people – children, friends, and family – so why shouldn’t you afford yourself the same kindness? In a relatively short period of time, it will become second nature.
- Say them with conviction. If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well, and in this case, the better you do the ‘job’, the faster you will see results. Don’t be wishy-washy about it, really mean what you say.
This is a 30-day challenge, and to get the most out of it you will need to participate every single day. Make sure you bookmark this page so you don’t lose it, and even set a reminder on your phone if you think you will forget. Repetition is key to this challenge.
Work your way through each affirmation in turn, one per day, and I promise you, you will never look back.
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Daily Positive Affirmations
Day 1: I Believe in Me
The cornerstone of self-confidence, this affirmation is a great one to start with. Even if you’re not sure, the more you say this to yourself, the more you will believe it, and the more you will believe in yourself. They say that mighty oaks grow from small acorns…well, this is your acorn.
Day 2: I Am Confident
You might not feel it, but just repeating those three little words throughout the day will make you feel confident, which will gently develop into actual confidence.
Day 3: I Am Always Positive
Simply saying this out loud will make your thoughts automatically turn to more positive things, so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Day 4: I Am Beautiful in Every Way
Seeing your own beauty is not conceit, it is confidence and self-love. Looking in the mirror and loving what you see is a huge step on your road to positivity.
Day 5: Other People See Me As a Beautiful Person
Not everyone cares what other people think of them, but if you are one of the many who do, this mantra will further strengthen your own self-belief. Sooner or later, you will be so confident in yourself that other people’s opinions won’t matter, but while it does, this affirmation will help.
Day 6: I Am Capable of Anything
Growing up, well-meaning adults will sometimes put a limit on the things they think we can achieve, believing they are saving us from disappointment later in life. But the truth is, you can achieve anything you want to achieve, and this affirmation will undo what the people in your past (or present) have said, and reprogram your mind to have faith in your own abilities.
Day 7: I Can Handle Whatever Life Throws at Me
The belief that you can withstand any scenario will ensure that you do. By telling yourself repeatedly that you can handle any and all of life’s curveballs, you are programming yourself to come out fighting, rather than shrink back in the hope that a situation resolves itself.
Day 8: I Always Find a Way to Success
Not quite the same as number 7, this one takes things one step further. Not only will you be able to withstand a situation, but with this belief behind you, you will make a success of it, too.
Day 9: I Am Kind to Myself
We are our own worst critics, and it’s time for that to stop. By repeating these words to yourself, you will set off an automatic response within yourself, so that you will repeatedly ask yourself if what you are doing or thinking is kind to yourself. If it’s not, you will adjust it accordingly.
Day 10: I Am Optimistic About the Future
It’s tempting to see the world in doom and gloom colors, especially when we’re bombarded with negativity on the TV, the radio, and in newspapers. Saying ‘I am optimistic about the future’ in the present tense tells your mind that it’s a done deal, and it will act accordingly.
Day 11: My Day Starts and Finishes With Gratitude
Being grateful at the start and end of the day is a wonderful way to live, but this affirmation goes further than that. By saying and believing that this is how your day will go, you are setting a memory scan in motion which will detect a whole heap of things for you to appreciate, presenting you with a who’s who of wonderful things when you wake and before you go to sleep.
Day 12: I Let Go of Any Negative Things in My Past
Giving yourself permission to purge yourself of any negative experiences and memories – and we all have them – is like taking a deep, clean breath of fresh air! It can become a habit, hanging on to old memories and feelings, but by letting them go, you are freeing up space in your heart and mind for a whole load of wonderful new ones.
Day 13: I Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
We’ve all been bogged down with things which, in the grand scheme of things, just don’t matter. Having this on repeat in your head acts as a powerful reminder to let the insignificant things go and concentrate on what’s really important in life.
Day 14: My Life Keeps Getting Better and Better
When using positive affirmations, you say them as if they have already happened. By telling yourself that your life is getting better and better, your mind will accept that it is so, and you will find that your life changes accordingly.
Day 15: I Am in Charge of How I Feel. Today I Choose Happiness
This is a hugely important affirmation because how you feel at the start of the day determines how the rest of your day will go. Even if something happens at the beginning of the day – you have a flat tire, for instance – you can still choose to be happy and not let it affect your mood. Choosing happiness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
Day 16: I Feel Enthusiastic About Life
I would bet money on the fact that you’ve come across someone who’s answer to ‘how’s it going?’ is ‘same ****, different day’. That’s a pretty miserable existence. Greeting life with a smile and feeling enthusiastic about it is a great way to live, and one you will master pretty quickly with these words of encouragement to yourself.
Day 17: The Power to Change is in My Own Hands
A lot of disgruntled, unhappy people sit around waiting for someone else to fix things for them. In a way, that’s a defense tactic, because if they don’t try, they can’t fail, and they can blame someone else into the bargain.
It doesn’t have to be that way. We all have the power to change things, and telling yourself this over and over again will allow that idea to take root.
Day 18: I Eat Healthy Food
Holding the thought of healthy eating in your mind will spur your subconscious into rejecting junk food and processed foods for more wholesome choices. Eating unhealthily will be at odds with what your mind believes, so without even thinking about it, you will make better selections when it comes to food.
Day 19: I See the Good in Everything and Everyone
If you are a person who tends to see the bad in situations or even people, rather than the good, this affirmation will change your life. When you can tease out the positives in even the most difficult of situations or the most disheartening of people, you are winning at life – it’s like the sun coming out after a long, rainy day!
Day 20: I Choose My Battles
Understanding that you don’t have to take part in every argument is a revelation, and with these four short words, you will quickly learn that. It’s a fast way to defuse any row that’s brewing, because they will have no-one to argue with, and you get to walk away in peace, which is priceless.
Day 21: I Am Full of Energy
Even when you struggle to get out of bed in the morning, repeating this affirmation will be enough to make you get up and face the day, filled with an energy you didn’t know you had.
Day 22: I Am Content With My Life
Allow a sense of calm and fulfillment to wash over you whenever you say these words of encouragement to yourself throughout the day.
Day 23: I Am Focused And Engaged on Whatever I Am Doing
Boredom, tiredness, or distraction can keep us from concentrating on whatever task we are doing, whether that is at home or at work. Beat the procrastination by choosing to repeat this line several times a day, which will encourage you to be mindful and in the present moment.
Day 24: I Know What I Need To Do For Success
Knowing that you want success and knowing what you need to do in order to achieve it are two different things. By uttering this phrase repeatedly, you are allowing, or instructing, your own mind to come up with a blueprint of what you need to do, and the steps you need to take.
Day 25: I Am Willing To Grow
Many people are resistant to change, but if you think about it, we all change every single day. Look back at yourself a year ago – are you the same , or have you grown and changed? Acknowledging your willingness to do so is hugely motivating, because growth is always exciting.
Day 26: All My Experiences Are Welcome, Good or Bad
Everything in life is either a lesson or a blessing, and while the lessons might cause us pain, they are also great teachers. Embrace everything which happens to you; enjoy the good, and learn from the not so good. Your life will be richer for it.
Day 27: I Know I Deserve Good Things
This is another hugely important affirmation, because when you don’t feel worthy of good fortune, you actually set up resistance to it. Accept that you are, indeed, deserving of health, wealth, friendship and love, and it will come to you in abundance.
Day 28: Money Flows To Me
As with the previous affirmation, an unconscious resistance to money can stop it arriving. The word ‘flow’ creates a mental image in which wealth (and you can apply it to love, health, or anything else you choose) literally streams smoothly into your life.
Day 29: I Am Finding New Ways To Get Even Healthier, Every Single Day
With these words of encouragement in your armory, you will automatically make healthier choices in everything you do, from eating cleaner to walking instead of taking a cab, and using the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
Day 30: I Love My Life
Not only will this mantra make you reevaluate how you see your life and everything in it, it will also encourage you on a subconscious level to make choices which will add to your appreciation of life.
Work your way through this list, starting from 1, and your life will steadily improve day by day. Repeating each one several times during the day will mean it takes root before you move on to the next one.
By day 30, your psyche will be literally brimming with positivity, and once you feel that enthusiasm for life, you will keep doing more of the same things.