Are you the glass-half-full person or the glass-half-empty? The answer says a lot about your mindset, outlook towards life, and attitude towards yourself. Simply put, it tells you whether you are optimistic or pessimistic in your approach.
Your mental makeup doesn’t end with your behavior or ability to connect with others. It has a big say in the course of your life – your accomplishments, relationships, and even health and well-being.
There is no denying that we are our own worst critics. To some extent, this would help us in self-improvement. But when negative self-talk crosses the limit, it can do immense damage to our mental as well as physical health.
In case you have the glass-half-empty outlook, do not despair. You can change your mindset with simple mental exercises like positive self-talk.
Why think positive?
Positive thinking is neither magic nor can it bring about miracles. It cannot make your troubles vanish into thin air. What it can do is give you the mental strength to face those problems, try to find solutions, succeed in solving them, and move on in life.
A positive attitude is considered the stepping stone to success in personal and professional life. Even if you feel skeptical about its benefits, you can reassure yourself that there is no evidence of positive thinking resulting in harm to self or others.
The ability to stay positive, even in trying circumstances, can help you stay afloat and win friends. This can turn out to be a huge asset in life and help you succeed in your endeavors. People with a positive mindset are known to be more productive in whatever they are doing. Overcoming hardships in life, forming meaningful and lasting relationships, and leading a happy and content life – list of advantages of a positive attitude goes on.
You can cultivate positive thinking with positive self-talk and positive imagery.
This article lists a few positive self-talk choices for you to try along with an outline of how they will benefit you.
20 Positive Affirmations You Should Tell Yourself Everyday
More often than not, we tend to be the hardest on ourselves. All of us can do with a big dose of pep talk. What better way to get that than from ourselves?
1. I love myself
This is the starting point for the change. You need to love yourself before you can love others.
2. I am loved.
At times, you may find this hard to believe. You need to convince yourself that someone loves you.
3. I am lovable.
When your relationships fail or you are having a hard time in matters of the heart, it is natural to place the entire blame on yourself. You may start analyzing your actions and words minutely and think that you are impossible to be loved. Just assure yourself that this is not the case. You too are lovable.
4. Today, I am going to be wonderful.
Starting a day on a positive note can provide momentum to everything you plan to do ahead. Even if you end up facing roadblocks in your path, your “can-do” attitude would help you overcome it with the least effort and inconvenience.
5. I am strong and confident.
It is the mental strength we are talking about here. You need that in ample measure to deal with adversities that you may encounter. Confidence is the key that can unlock many doors for you. Without it, you may find yourself hesitating to make attempts.
6. I am doing my best.
It would be unfair to expect anything more than that from you.
7. I am comfortable in my own skin.
Not meant in a literal sense, feeling happy and content about yourself is a vital component of a positive outlook.
8. I am capable of accomplishing my goals.
The first step in the path to success is setting goals. To reach goals and attain success, you need to believe in your ability to achieve them. Your trust in your competence can get you past the hurdles you may have to face.
9. My past failures don’t define me.
Everyone makes mistakes. It is what you do later that makes all the difference. Learn from them, let them guide you to the right path, and let them go. There is no need to be ashamed of your past mistakes.
10. I am grateful for all the blessings.
Nothing can fill you up with as much positivity as the feeling of gratitude. Reminding yourself of the gifts, favors, and luck you have received in your life can help you face the future with optimism and confidence.
11. I can make a difference.
Look around you, skim through the pages of history. All big changes that happened in the various corners of the world were started by individuals. Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr… the list is endless. When you see injustice, do not hesitate to raise your voice. Your smile and kind words can also make a difference in the lives of the recipients. Be the one to start a virtuous circle.
12. I love challenges.
Treat challenges as an opportunity for growth and learning rather than an inconvenience and hurdle in your path. The fruits of hard work are always sweeter.
13. I am the master of my destiny.
You need to firmly believe that you are in total control of your life’s progress. Be it happiness, fulfillment, or success, tell yourself that you hold the reins of your life. Sit in the driver’s seat of your life and permit yourself to choose your path and destination.
14. I am a survivor.
Facing challenges and hurdles and overcoming them makes you a survivor. Learn from the experience and feel proud of your achievements and move on. Let it give you the confidence to face future challenges.
15. I am unique.
Let this be the answer to all those who think you are weird or do not conform to the rules of society.
16. I choose to focus on things within my control.
Accept the fact that everything is not in your control. And there is no point in beating yourself up over things that you cannot influence. Just focus on the ones you can.
17. I am happy with who I am.
Accept that you may not fit the definition of perfection but you are perfect in your eyes and in your own way. And that is all that matters.
18. My life is filled with endless possibilities.
Don’t confine yourself with limitations. Just open your eyes and become aware of the unlimited opportunities awaiting you.
19. I deserve good things in life.
Don’t succumb to negative feelings and think that you are unworthy. You need to think positively to realize your potential.
20. I am kind to others and myself.
Both are equally important. Kindness is an attribute that can only bring you happiness and contentment.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.” Gandhi
All the more reason for you to change what you believe about yourself. Positive self-talk can do that for you.