Affirmations don't make things happen. They make things welcome. - Michael Beckwith

An affirmation is a positive statement that you make to yourself over and over.  For a long time, I couldn't take affirmations seriously.  I had seen Stuart Smalley on SNL.

But in the past two years, I've found that they have value.

They are a useful tool for reprogramming our brains.

We get tons of negative programming. You know.  That voice inside your head that says: can't, shouldn't, stupid, idiot....

The discipline--and joy--of making positive statements to ourselves on a regular basis, especially when we design those statements to specifically address a thought pattern that we struggle with is incredibly powerful.

There are many people who write about this.  One of my favorites is Louise Hay who has a number of audio books which simply reinforce healthy thought patterns.

How we talk to ourselves matters. And sticky notes on our mirror and index cards on our desk with beautiful words can influence us--especially when we write them ourselves.

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