How do you usually start your day? What are the first thoughts that come to mind as you get out of bed?
For me, it’s usually “I need to make coffee or else I won’t be able to function.” Throughout the day, I find myself thinking in a similar pattern.
- I won’t be able to go through this day with drinking a can of Monster.
- I cannot finish this post without going out for a some chai tea latte.
- There’s so much to do that I don’t know where to start. I’ll be overwhelmed with work.
- With so much going on, I’ll probably be depressed by bedtime and have trouble sleeping again.
Do you see how this way of thinking can make your day worse than it has to be?
Your mindset, especially in the morning, can determine how things progress throughout the day. As such, mastering your mindset is essential for you to have a good day.
But that’s such as generic idea, isn’t it?
So here’s what I want to share with you today: using positive affirmations to help turn your day into a good one.
It’s rather simple, both in theory and practice.
Take another look at the statements/thoughts I listed above. What do you notice? They’re all phrased in a negative way. Words such as “can’t”, “don’t”, and “won’t” are all over the place.
While this may seem inconsequential, in reality, the negative phrasing doesn’t really help you gain a positive outlook. That translates to looking at your day from the point of view of a pessimist.
A slight change in thinking – using positive affirmations – instead, will make a noticeable difference to your day.
Here are some examples of using positive affirmations.
- I am going to start my day on a strong note, with or without coffee.
- I will use [so and so tool] to help me manage time at work and get things done.
- I’ll achieve my goals, and at the end of the day, I’ll reward myself with something and go to bed feeling self-fulfilled.
You may have doubts as to how this slight shift in thinking and phrasing can actually turn your day around, but I challenge you to give it a try. It might not be so easy as I mentioned earlier – after all, a habit needs time to be formed, but if you really want to have more good days than bad, this is something you can do.
Why don’t you make a list of your own negative statements and then write them again, this time using positive phrasing?
Try it out for a week or so, and see how things change for you.
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