Self-affirmations are the statements that we store within our subconscious, told to ourselves, from ourselves, in order to spark self-change. They are designed to alter our beliefs about ourselves so that they are more positive.
You might be thinking about the cliche protagonist of a movie reaffirming their confidence or prowess in the mirror before a night out. While this image is comical in satire, the evidence behind self-affirmations is undeniable. One study shows that after 4-weeks of repeated self-affirmation activity, participants experienced an increase in their mental well-being.
Self-affirmations work like vitamins in the psychological immune system, giving you a necessary daily dose of ‘good stuff.’ Our positive reminders make harsh or critical situations more manageable, keeping a positive mentality despite the exterior forces.
The importance of a morning affirmation for a high-performance day
Setting your daily intention and reassuring your self-image keeps your purpose top of mind — an invaluable asset in a caregiving environment. Affirmations allow you to become more in tune with your mentality, creating a positive response you crave. Creating positive statements of reassurance will strengthen your subconscious, helping it release thoughts, feelings, and assumptions that get in the way of living in alignment with purpose and value. When we accept and strengthen our self, we’re able to do the same with others, heightening our social interactions and create more positive environments. This indirectly benefits others as well, as attitudes are actually contagious and will make your friends, family, and coworkers feel better also.
Starting your day with just five minutes of positive affirmations, be it writing, verbally stating, or just mentally thinking, can bring a world of change to your work.
Here are a few examples of self-affirmations based on our Deliberate CARE™ model to get your journey started:
"I Decide to make a difference for myself and others."
"I Explore who I am and what I want."
"I Love who I am and what I do."
"I Imagine unlimited possibilities for myself and am a lifelong learner."
"I Build excellence around what matters most."
"I Engage all areas of my life and seek energetic balance."
"I Release thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that no longer serve me."
"I Am Authentic, appreciating and accepting everything as it is and everyone as they are."
"I Transcend judgment and shift to a higher level of mindfulness."
"I Empower myself and others to be an example of integrity and a source for positive change."
The more you practice the more you’ll begin to notice the positive changes in your life and your work outcomes. We promise the absolute hardest part is just beginning. Try one of the examples above or make your own! Let us know in the comments what your affirmations include!