By Jill Lawson from Jill Lawson Yoga
Many of us believe the power of thought can greatly affect the course of a day, if not our feelings and attitudes that shape the opinions we have of ourselves. As quoted by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny,” thoughts can promote positive or negative experiences for us.
The following daily affirmations work to cement positive thoughts in our subconscious mind, allowing us to practice healthier habits and lead us to more fulfilling and much happier moments. They are helpful when we are having a bad day, but equally as effective when we are feeling good already. The more we can put a positive thought toward something, the closer we are to actually bringing that thought into our reality.
“I rise and I shine”
Start the week off with this affirmation immediately upon arising. Believe you will shine throughout the day and shed positive light on whatever lies ahead. Trust in your heart that you have the remarkable ability to glow and be an inspiration to those around you.
“I nourish my body with good food”
Say this phrase to yourself while you are preparing to eat a meal. Notice how it enhances your relationship with food and your choices about nutrition. At those moments when you feel the urge to hurry up and eat whatever is available, repeat this affirmation with conviction and take charge of your diet.
“I am deserving of time for myself”
Mid-week can be challenging as we begin to pine for the weekend. Vow to alleviate a Wednesday slump and take some time for yourself. Give yourself permission to pamper your body, take care of your needs or just relax. Repeat this affirmation as a firm reminder that you deserve it.
“I trust in my ability to get things done”
Procrastination can lead to depression and a sense of feeling overwhelmed with the tasks at hand. Take charge of your “to do list” and get moving! When you feel confident, you will have more energy to do what is needed, so tell yourself over and over again that you are fully able to complete your duties.
“I have a strong and fit body and mind”
When you believe something you are more likely to achieve it. Repeat this affirmation whenever you need a boost in your day. Try it when you are exercising and feel like quitting early, or if you just need a little motivation to put those running shoes on your feet.