“The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.” Dr. William James, circa 1900
An affirmation is a statement of fact that is evidence of support for an idea or for a person. We all need a lot of affirmation in our lives. It is ideal if we receive just enough affirmation from our families to give us a strong sense that we can accomplish what we want to accomplish in our lives, overcome the challenges, and have a real purpose in life. Of course, we also need some challenges in life to put that belief in ourselves to the test, and make us stronger.
Some of us came out a bit too strong on the “challenges” part of that ideal formula, and little short of the “affirmation” from family; so we have to give plenty of affirmation to ourselves. Fortunately, it is highly effective to overcome any lack of affirmation by learning to affirm yourself through your thoughts about yourself. Even if you received a lot of negative messages about yourself from the influential people in your life, you still have a chance to make up for that by convincing yourself that you are worth something. It can take a lot of persistence, but it can be done. I know.
It is actually a very old concept that has been tested and proven 100% correct an infinite number of times since way before the time of Christ: As a person thinks, so is he or she. (Fill in the blank: I Am _______________________. My Life is ___________________. God is ________________________. )
Who and what do you want to be? If you can answer that question, then start thinking that way. Also, repeat those thoughts over and over again. You must consistently, repeatedly think of yourself as the person that you know you have the potential to be in order for this concept to work. Persistence is essential for this to work.
Many people start down the road of saying affirmations to themselves, then give up, either with or without some discouraging event happening. You can be sure that if you start thinking that you are a valuable person with some specific purpose in life, then someone or something is going to come along to discourage you or prove you wrong about that. Be sure of it. But, also be sure that if you persist in believing in yourself, then you will overcome any doubts about your ability to be who and what you want to be. (Personally, I add: “With God’s help.”)
No matter what happens, keep believing in yourself. Keep saying affirming statements to yourself. You will eventually reach the point that you do have the confidence you need; and you will see the results of confidence in your life through an increased sense and reality of purpose in your life.
Just keep those waves of affirmation flowing in your mind, all day, every day. Affirmations are powerful. You will see the results.
Christopher Knippers, Ph.D. April 19, 2017