When I told my husband about the article I’d just read that sparked this post, he said, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me.” Why? Because that’s what we all think of when someone talks about personal “affirmations.”
Nearly every self-help book or expert in the world is a proponent of affirmations. Even my personal coach recommends I stand in a mirror and give myself compliments. But if you’re like me, affirmations sound like a good idea, but are never quite put into practice. So how can you get the benefit of affirmations without sounding like Stuart Smalley? One yoga teacher and writer from MindBodyGreen.com has it figured out. Lauren Rudick recently wrote “The Healing Power of iCal Affirmations” and I think this advice/idea is revolutionary!
Here’s how Lauren did it:
I created a daily affirmation calendar of the person I am aspiring to be. The person I had briefly lost in my self-imposed gloom. “I am kind.” “I am generous.” “I am respectful.” “I am successful.” “I am loving.” I set each phrase as its own event and spaced them out every few hours. I scheduled alarms so that I would actually be texted with these words every day. In just a few short weeks, I started internalizing these notions. Shortly after, relationships with friends seemed stronger. New yoga job opportunities opened up, I actually felt like a better person and this made me happy. Really happy.
I plan to create my own affirmations calendar including affirmations about running, entrepreneurship, time, etc. What would you like texted to you twice a day? Set it up now and it might just change your life slowly and surey.