In The Daily Routine Journal, the first section to fill out is "Today's positive affirmation" but let's explain why!
The word may sound a little woo woo but what are they? Who does them? When/how do you do them? and what are the benefits?
You may be surprised by the list of successful people that have credited their incredible fortunes due to practicing positive affirmations and visualizations!
What is a positive affirmation?
In short, they are positive phrases that you repeat to yourself which describe how you want to be. Affirmations can be used to reprogram our subconscious to believe certain things about ourselves or the world around us (good or bad).
Who does affirmations?
Anyone can practice their own affirmations but some well known celebrities that endorse affirmations include, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kayne West & the list goes on!
Will Smith is a huge advocate for positive affirmations and visualization as he credits it as a big part of his success and happiness.
One of his favorite quotes is by Confucius, "He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right." He was also quoted saying, “In my mind, I've always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y'all just didn't know yet.”
Another affirmation advocate is Jim Carrey. When he was a struggling and broke actor/comedian, in 1990 he wrote himself a cheque for future acting services of the sum of $10 million, he dated it for 5 years' time. As you know he ended up playing the lead roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber (all 1994).
How to do them
According to psychotherapist Ronald Alexander of the Open Mind Training Institute, affirmations can be repeated up to three to five times daily to reinforce the positive belief. He suggests that writing your affirmations down in a journal and practicing them in the mirror is a good method for making them more powerful and effective (Alexander, 2011).
Some of the benefits
Below are examples of empirical studies that suggest that positive self-affirmation practices can be beneficial:
- Self-affirmations have been shown to decrease health-deteriorating stress (Sherman et al., 2009; Critcher & Dunning, 2015);
- Self-affirmations have been used effectively in interventions that led people to increase their physical behavior (Cooke et al., 2014);
- They may help us to perceive otherwise “threatening” messages with less resistance, including interventions (Logel & Cohen, 2012);
- They can make us less likely to dismiss harmful health messages, responding instead with the intention to change for the better (Harris et al., 2007) and to eat more fruit and vegetables (Epton & Harris, 2008);
- They have been linked positively to academic achievement by mitigating GPA decline in students who feel left out at college (Layous et al., 2017);
- Self-affirmation has been demonstrated to lower stress and rumination (Koole et al., 1999; Weisenfeld et al., 2001).
Are you currently using positive affirmations? Comment below your favorite affirmations you use.