“Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap” George Bernard Shaw
An affirmation is a positive statement that you declare for your benefit and realization. When stating an affirmation you declare it to be true. Affirmations are often spoken over areas concerning your abilities, aspirations, and visions for the future.
People often find affirmations weird when initially greeting the topic, yet we are already using affirmations whether we are aware of it or not. We are always framing the future through our thoughts, words, and actions. We affirm our current beliefs to ourselves and others each moment we think to ourselves and communicate with others. It can be quite scary when we stop to look at the affirmations that we currently repeat to ourselves and to others such as “I will never be able to do this”, “my team is so useless”, and “these people just can’t get anything right”. Surprisingly, people constantly speak negatively while expecting to see positive changes.
Here are five key affirmations to declare in your success journey as a manager and leader:
- “I value and develop people”
- “I am continuously growing by learning new things each day”
- “I am confident in making decisions and taking action”
- “I am a good communicator through both my words and my actions”
- “I am successful in attaining all my goals and plans”
The words ‘I am’ are a powerful component of any affirmation as they affirm the realization and awareness of self. The greatest and true “I AM’ rests in the person of God and being made in His image we are a reflection of this great “I AM”. It is liberating to affirm our identity and all that we are capable of.
What sort of conversations are you having with yourself at present and what are the words that you speak concerning you, your abilities, your present, and your future? I challenge you to take a moment to list the negative affirmations you currently speak into your life and to list new positive affirmations. It takes about four weeks to adapt a new habit so I urge you to be disciplined in your new affirmations to make them stick.
Remember, affirmations should be said on a consistent basis using positive words, and in the present tense. Begin with a positive internal monologue in thoughts and conversations!