One of the most difficult challenges in life is changing the core beliefs we have about ourselves. Those incessant, nagging beliefs that follow you no matter where you go, who you’re with, and what you’re doing seem to forever linger in the air. There seems to be no way to escape them.
Yet, these are the beliefs that create the thoughts and feelings that exist in the mind and influence our lives. And of course, we must be with our mind for all of our lives. So, if we are destined to accompany our mind day after day, then we must work hard in changing the beliefs we have. And we can do that by repeating new thoughts to ourselves. Rather than being subject to the thoughts that already exist, such as, “I’m not good enough” or “I’ll never be as successful as him” or “I’m the most pathetic person on the planet,” we can create new thoughts.
Research indicates that our bodies and the brain respond to the thoughts we have. It’s as though our whole system is listening to the thoughts we have. What’s remarkable is that we have the power to replace old thoughts with new ones. And one way to do this is to begin to repeat certain, clear thoughts to ourselves. These are called affirmations.
Below is a list of affirmations to consider, adapted from a list provided by Michael Bedillion. Choose one that speaks to the core belief you’re attempting to change and then repeat in your mind as often as you can.
I am a good person.
I am intelligent.
I put all negativity behind me.
I am loved.
Today, I will rejoice in my abilities.
I have many talents.
My Higher Power loves me.
I am blessed.
I have confidence.
I am not a victim.
I have a wonderful life.
I look forward to each new day.
I no longer feel the need to control others.
I will be who I am.
I affirm my worth and goodness.
I am a loving person.
I am a strong person.
I am a friendly person.
I am a capable person.
I am not alone.
I am emotionally calm.
I respect myself.
I feel happy.
I am at peace with myself.
I am a responsible person.
I can be playful.
I can trust all of my thoughts and emotions.
I trust people.
I make decisions confidently.
I am a new person.
I touch those near me with love and gentleness.
I have a new awareness in my life.
I acknowledge my needs.
I allow my Higher Power to enter my life today.
I trust in the serenity my Higher Power provides.
I am calm and tranquil.
I can face my fears and work to overcome them.
I take full charge of my life today.
I let serenity flow into my life.
I feel appreciated today.
I can give to others with no strings attached.
I accept my parents and affirm my independence from them.
I am independent.
I can meet new opportunities without fear.
I am alert.
I am courageous.
I am joyful.
I will seek out friends today.
I am a friendly person.
I am a good listener.
I do not dwell on the past.
I look for new challenges.
I feel complete today.
I feel great hope.
I feel great potential for myself.
I feel surrounded by love.
I can make things happen.
I feel relaxed.
I am a resourceful person.
I am non-judgmental.
I am tactful in my dealings with others.
I am learning to express my love.
I feel good about myself.
I express my feelings.
I make wise choices.
I treat myself with kindness and patience.
I am an important person.
I am beginning to establish my limits.
I am in charge of my life.
I forgive myself and others who have hurt me.
I am a friend to myself.
I can enjoy leisure without guilt and anxiety.
I can express my anger openly, honestly and appropriately.
Today I view my childhood without shame.
I open my heart to my inner child.
I can handle criticism with ease.
Use these affirmations to change your life through the process of changing your thoughts!
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