“Watch your thoughts for they become words, watch your words for they become actions, watch your actions for they become habits, watch your habits for they become your character, watch your character for it becomes your destiny.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-
I often speak about the power of affirmations. Reciting positive statements can counter so many of the negative messages we tell ourselves every day. Stress-reducing affirmations remind us of what we know to be true, despite what others may say or when our own ego plants that seed of doubt. They help us choose our thoughts wisely.
To make your affirmations most effective:
- Keep them brief, positive and in the present.
- Write them down and post them where you can see them every day, like your bathroom mirror, car dashboard and desk.
- Say them to yourself, out loud and, when appropriate, to others.
Imagine if you could choose one unique, empowering thought each day. A thought that you could create an affirmation around and use it as a tool to help you be your best.
That’s the intention of the new book, The 28-Day Thought Diet. In it, a diverse group of authors share brief chapters based on a specific thought, such as self-confidence, a peaceful home, forgiveness, resilience, persistence and receiving gracefully. Their reflections are often personal and profound.
Your simple affirmation might be: I am resilient or I love my peaceful home.
I love to remind people how wise they are! (That’s one of my affirmations.) In my chapter on choosing a thought of wisdom, I share how meditation, trusting your intuition, and gaining insights through your dreams can help you tap into that wisdom. After all, you don’t have to know all the answers; you just need to know where to look. And often the place to look is inside.
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