We all have our phases when negative and toxic feelings engulf us. We feel all our efforts are wasted. This happened to me some time ago I was feeling overwhelmed, stressed and just sad. I had zero motivation to work for days together. There were things which didn’t go as planned, leaving me hopeless.
Thankfully, I realized something had to change. I had to change. My happiness is utmost important to me and I can never compromise on this. There was no way I would let negativity overpower me. I did have a vague idea about self-affirmations but I seriously took practicing it during that difficult time.
These are some positive affirmations that helped me to bounce back. I have listed out over 21 such affirmations and I sincerely hope you find these useful.
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But wait! What are self-affirmations?
Self-Affirmations are your catchphrases or statements that you utter for motivation, confidence and inspiration. Studies have shown that self-affirmations help you to concentrate and focus better on your goals.
How to practice it?
There are no hard and fast rules. You can utter these statements whenever you feel low. You can repeat these statements every day, any day at particular time or whenever you wish.
But if you ask me, I will urge to first to believe in these affirmations before repeating. If you don’t believe in affirmations these will be just words or some mumbo jumbo that you repeated.
Believe in what you are saying and just see the difference.
As for practicing, it may seem odd at first to actually say out loud but it helps if your ear can hear you speak these sentences. So you don’t really have to shout but say it loud enough for you to hear it.
21 self-affirmations for motivation and goal-setting
I will not let other people’s opinion dictate me
This is my rule number one in life. I am done with what others think of me.
There was a time when I was easily affected by what everyone thought about me. It mattered to me a great deal so much that it affected my mental peace. I was angry and irritated almost always.
There were too many people in my life and honestly it felt a little crowded. So when I decided to cut off all negative and toxic people, my life improved like magic.
Today I have fewer people but they are amazing and my strongest pillars of support.
If you relate to this, let me tell you I hear you, I understand you and this is the reason I say this from the bottom of my heart – You don’t need validation from anyone.
Most importantly, why do you need validation from anyone? Embrace yourself and others will follow you.
How many times you were sad because your Instagram likes were few or when someone didn’t compliment you enough or the number of times you altered yourself to fit into a particular group?
Think about it!
If you feel demotivated by what others say maybe it’s time to move away from such people.
Better days are ahead
When you are demotivated remember it’s just a phase, a testing time. But time changes and it only gets better when you have seen your worse. So better days are definitely ahead you just have to believe in yourself.
It is rightly said life is a roller-coaster so there are good days and bad days. It is said bad days are important to appreciate good times.
It’s a new day
This simple phrase is so powerful, when you realize its depth. Every single day brings some new opportunity. It gives you a chance to change yourself. It gives you the chance to create something new.
When you are bogged down and you find absolutely no motivation to work, repeat this line. Think about how best you can live this day. What you can do differently today?
You have the power to make each and every day the best day of your life. Appreciate each day and be grateful you are living.
My happiness is important
Your happiness and wellness matters the most. It’s okay to think about yourself. Put yourself first. Sometimes that would mean saying no to others but if that is important for your mental peace and happiness you must do it.
I am proud of myself
Are you proud of yourself? Are you proud how far you have come and how much you have achieved? No? You should reflect where you started and where you stand now.
Think about every milestone you have achieved, how you handled every problem. Understand your self-worth and give credit to yourself where it’s due.
You survived and that one simple fact is so motivating.
Everything will shape up – Leo Tolstoy
This is my favourite quote by my favourite author Leo Tolstoy. This quote is from his book Anna Karenina. It is an insignificant quote in the book uttered by a minor character but somehow I found it to be very comforting.
This line has stayed with me and when I am at my feeling low and not having a good day I repeat this line to myself. And trust me, everything eventually shapes up.
My mistakes only make me better
Everyone makes mistakes and that’s okay. Take every mistake as a learning curve. Your mistakes will make only you better and more experienced. Instead of brooding over mistakes, accept it and move on.
I am unique
The current world population is over 7 billion and each individual in this world is born with a unique identity. Isn’t it a reason enough to celebrate? There is after all no one quite like you in this entire world. Reflect on that extraordinary thought.
Breath in, breath out, I am okay
This self-affirmation is for those moments when you feel overwhelmed by stuff. Life can be difficult even on normal days. Just remember to keep breathing.
When I feel overwhelmed there is just one thing I do – sleep. I just take a good long sleep and when I wake up I feel much better.
Setbacks are temporary, progress is permanent
Setbacks are disappointing but when you quit something due to few setbacks that is more damaging. Instead of feeling demotivated, work harder.
When you keep progressing despite setbacks, it means you are on the right track and truly motivated to achieve your goals.
I am full of positive energy
Do you get the feeling that some places are so perfect that you never want to leave. Your life is just like that. All of us attract positive and negative energies.
There are some people you feel so good around them, while there are some who exude a negative vibe. The kind of energies you attract will make you the kind of person you want to be.
I am bigger than my fears
This affirmation will give you the courage to push ahead and face challenges head-on. It will help you to get out of your comfort zone, which you totally should.
I will create and live an amazing life for myself
You have the power to create an amazing beautiful life for yourself. A life you absolutely deserve. Most importantly, you can do it, you only have to believe.
Half of your work is done if you only believe in yourself.
I am my biggest cheerleader
Yes darling! You do your thing. Be your biggest cheerleader and turn that tide. Even when others don’t root for you, you need to be your strongest support.
I don’t doubt my decisions
There will be instances when others may doubt your decisions but if you feel it in your gut that it’s the right decision you must take it.
Also it could be that not all your decisions may bear the same results and it is perfectly okay. So don’t regret any decision you make rather think of it as a stepping stone to success.
I am willing to take risks
This is important if you have your own venture. You must be willing to take risks. Don’t be afraid when you have to take a path which is riskier. If you trust your instincts you shall never fail.
I filled with quiet confident
Be confident in your skin there is nothing more beautiful than a person who is confident, not over-smart, not arrogance but a clam confidence that exudes from your aura.
I will give my 100% and more
Success demands hard-work. So give your 100% and more if you want to be successful. There are times you will feel like giving up, calling it quits. But trust in yourself during those times, hold that chin up and move ahead.
I dare to be different
Not many people can dare to be different, be that person who dares, creates an identity and stands apart from the crowd.
I am beautiful
There are so many of us who are never satisfied with the way we look. We wish we were better, a bit more perfect. But perfection is an illusion. So say this to yourself every single day until you believe it.
I am filled with abundance
There is an old saying, “complain less and you shall gain.” Hence concentrate on the good things in your life. Think how fulfilling your life is.
I am surrounded by love, laughter and positivity
Reflect on all those people who have made a positive impact on your life. Aren’t you happy to have them? When you feel demotivated remember those people who made you laugh, who love you.
Hopefully these self-affirmations have pumped you enough to keep the motivation going. It may seem weird at first but these will make you more positive, confident and happier. You will see the difference in you. If you liked this post do post your thoughts. Do you have any favourite self-affirmation you would like to share? I would love to know about it!