There are many self-help resources explaining the power of affirmations in shifting your mindset, including articles here on this blog. Instead of staying stuck in a funk, you can change your thought patterns to completely innovative ideas and ways of being. When you can take control of your mind, you can change your outlook and perspective on life and can make choices and changes that are positive.

assorted-color balloons flying on sky during daytimeWhen you wish to transform your mindset for the better, you can do so with the simple implementation of affirmations. Affirmations are phrases or statements that you can tell yourself repeatedly to gain a greater sense of confidence in your capabilities. If you can notice negative thought forms when they occur in your mind, then you can start to substitute these thoughts with positive affirmations.

These affirmations can challenge our negative thoughts and allow space for us to question what we genuinely believe about ourselves. Even if we think negative thoughts about ourselves, we can still use positive affirmations to shift our mindset to one that is more positive and promising. Practicing affirmations takes dedication but is an amazingly easy system to implement.

How do you define Mindset?

Each of us has a unique and individual mindset that is based on our beliefs and ideas. Sometimes the beliefs are subconscious, meaning we don’t even know what they are or how they became a part of our mindset in the first place.

Your mindset is the series of thoughts you have about yourself, others, and the world. Most of us are thinking thoughts continuously every day and never even get a break from our own minds.

Instead of fixating on our thoughts and living from the self-concept they create, it is important to identify thoughts for what they are and determine if they have value for our mindset. Each thought we have is based on a belief or judgement, so, if we examine our thoughts deeply, we can begin to find the root of the belief.

When we can begin to identify the source of our thoughts, we can start to identify our mindset. Our mindset is the outlook we have which contributes to our thought patterns, and really, to our overall happiness and satisfaction with life. Mindsets govern our thoughts and allow us to only think within a certain range of opportunities.

Sometimes our mindsets can have a negative slant that is detrimental to our happiness and fulfillment. In these cases, we must establish and maintain an acute sense of what we are thinking, how it is affecting our mindset, and how our mindset is impacting our life.

How Affirmations Help

Affirmations are the perfect companion to a desired mindset change because they are so simple to implement and can be used anywhere and anytime. Affirmations are short phrases that we choose to say to ourselves on repeat to break old patterns of thought and bring into our mind innovative ideas and perspectives.

Affirmation statements, used consistently, help us feel better, are positive and uplifting and create opportunities for better outcomes. When you use positive affirmations, you repeat something new to your mind, and you raise your vibration to the level where the positive thought is true. So, when you repeat a positive mantra or affirmation consistently, your mind automatically begins to believe it is true.

When you have practiced the affirmation enough times, it will eventually become second nature to your body and mind, resulting in the belief becoming true. Affirmations have been taught throughout the years as a practice of meditation and mindfulness.

Repeating a positive affirmation aloud is a simple practice that has proven to be effective over thousands of years. Affirmations, when used consistently, will change your perspective – and your mindset – for the better.

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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