How can we make a positive contribution to our world?
I have found that the BEST thing we can do to make a positive contribution to our world is: FIRST to be a positive source for ourselves. For when we are kind and gentle to our own person, we are then invigorated, fortified, and equipped to be a positive source, so that we can bestow love and kindness to others and our world. One of my favorite ways to take care of my inner self is to employ positive affirmations. What are positive affirmations?
Positive affirmations are specific statements that help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. These statements help you to believe in yourself as you visualize positive attributes about your character. You are declaring to yourself statements that will help you to make positive changes. Louise Hay was a champion and founder of positive and powerful self-talk she defined as affirmations.
On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Louise Hay transitioned peacefully in her sleep at age 90. Louise was an extraordinary luminary, visionary and advocate. Everyone who had the privilege to meet her, either in person, or through her words, felt her passion for serving others. I count myself doubly blessed, as I had the honor to meet her in person two years ago, on September 20.
Louise wrote, “I have come to this planet to learn to love myself more, and to share that love with all those around me.” She built a remarkable life around her positive work as she advocated love and kindness, especially to ourselves. The power of our words can heal our bodies (and our world). Louise Hay dedicated her life sharing with us how to live a positive and empowered life with the aid of positive statements and beliefs, as she taught and popularized affirmations. (Here is a link to: 101 Best Louise Hay Affirmations of All Time)
Remember, these positive statements assist us in overcoming negative thinking and self-sabotage. They are usually short, positive statements that target a specific area, behavior, or limiting belief. The more personalized these affirmations are to us, the better. So, exactly how do we construct our own affirmations?
You start by thinking of the areas of your life you would like to change. Write down areas or behaviors you would like to work on. Then, for each of these, come up with a positive, present-tense statement that you can easily repeat to yourself several times a day.
Affirmations should be formed in the present tense, as if they are already happening. This helps you believe that the statement is true right now. The power of affirmations also lies in their repetition. It is useful to have a visual cue of your affirmations like on a post-it note or a pop-up on your smart phone or computer. Most importantly, you will want to repeat your positive self-talk as soon as you start to engage in a negative thought or behavior.
Your positive self-talk will be more effective when these positive statements are thought or said with feeling and conviction. Every affirmation you choose to repeat should be words that are meaningful to you.
Here are a few of my favorite affirmations that I use daily:
- I am grateful for this moment.
- I enjoy what I am doing right now.
- I am creating a better life and a better world.
- I am valued and appreciated.
- I am worthy.
- I believe in myself.
- I am exactly where I need to be in this moment.
How did it feel to read those to yourself? I know I get a boost of positive energy when I repeat these to myself, which carries into my work, my life, and how I present myself to others. That boost of positive energy empowers me to be loving and kind to all those around me, which in turn becomes a positive contribution to our world. The practice of positive self-talk (incorporating affirmations into our routine) is one of the best ways to be a positive light in our world.
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