Success stories can teach us many different things about ourselves and what certain practices can do for us. One of the ones I recall often is the story of Oprah Winfrey.
Before she became one of the wealthiest women out there, she grew up in a very dismal environment. She was a delinquent, and pregnant at 14 years old with a stillborn. Furthermore she was raped and abused on the regular by family members too. But one thing that started to keep her together was affirmations.
From a life where most people would say there’d be no hope for someone like that, Oprah turned her life around to what it is today.
Of course many other things played a roll in her life, but one of those things she did was practice affirmations.
Affirmations Are Reminders
Affirmations can influence our lives in a major way. Just like Oprah, we too can change our lives drastically. This can be done when we say affirmations, but believe in them fully.
At the beginning, it may sound rather silly, saying certain things out loud to ourselves to lift our spirits. But even that is a habit that can spur us into action.
Affirmations can influence our lives by first using them as reminders.
Reminders of what we value and how we should be thinking of ourselves that is. This can influence us because we know this is how we truly think of ourselves despite what others say or think about us.
Affirmations Can Boost Confidence
Fall seven times, rise up eight. — Anonymous
After we start using them more often, affirmations can be a source of boosting our own confidence.
In a sense, affirmations are essentially confirming our view points or the habit that we are trying to reinforce in our lives.
You could even go as far as saying everything you say is an affirmation. As such, affirmations are great sources of literally anything and everything in your life.
So by saying things that instil confidence in you, this will boost our confidence. When we truly believe in ourselves, and express that, we raise our confidence.
Much like with Oprah, she turned her life around because she had some level of faith in herself and practiced affirmations.
Affirmations Can Change Our Lives
I have the power to do the most incredible things. — Anonymous
And just as Oprah started to believe in herself and practiced affirmations, her life began changing over time.
She moved in with a relative who took serious care for her and supported her.
You may be at this stage too if you’ve been practicing affirmations. You may know already you are going places or making a lot of progress.
But never forget what got you there.
It all stemmed from the belief that you held, the belief that you will achieve what you affirm.
By practicing affirmations, you are only strengthening yourself and it’s a powerful pick-me up in the morning. Much like with expressing gratitude.
You may roll out of bed and be feeling happy, but by practicing gratitude, much like with affirmations, we are only reinforcing what we already know.
It’s that tingling sensation that makes us feel happy and we can learn more about ourselves.
Now is some time to take some serious action. Now that you know how powerful affirmations can be, start by practicing a few. Make a list of five things that you want to remind yourself or want to develop into.
From there start telling yourself those and take actions as well.
If you are telling yourself you are smart, start reading books.
Telling yourself you are stronger? Start working out.
You can even employ those actions into the affirmation as well.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 3 of 91 of this series.
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