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Published on May 6, 2020

30 Daily Positive Affirmations to Boost Your Motivation

30 Daily Positive Affirmations to Boost Your Motivation

The power of the mind is becoming increasingly more apparent. That’s why you’re seeing all this focus on activities such as mindset development, meditation, and mindfulness.

Our mindset forms the foundation and plays a big role in our overall success and happiness. That’s why it’s so important for us to find ways to improve our mindset. Failing to do so puts you at a significant disadvantage as you will allow your mindset to hold you back.

Benefits of Daily Positive Affirmations

This is why many people have begun adopting the practice of performing daily affirmations. Research shows that these daily positive affirmations can increase our mindset, improve our motivations, and increase our feelings of self-worth.[1]

Thus, we will talk about affirmations and how to use them. I’ll also give you a list of daily affirmations that will help you maintain your motivation through challenging times.

Using Daily Affirmations Properly

Essentially, daily positive affirmations serve as positive reminders or statements that you can use to encourage and motivate yourself or others.

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However, you need to use these properly. Many people use positive affirmations to convince themselves of something they perhaps don’t believe about themselves yet.

For example, telling yourself “I’m financially abundant” or “I’m well-liked by everyone around me” when you feel broke or unloved isn’t necessarily going to make you attract more money, nor is it going to make the people around you like you more.

Research shows that people who say positive self-statements like “I’m a lovable person” when they don’t believe it can make them feel worse.[2]

This is why it’s much more effective to utilize these daily positive affirmations to remind yourself of the values and interests that constitute your true or core self. It allows you to outline the things that you would consider to be your core values. It’s taking stock of who you are and what you care about.

Using daily affirmations in this way forces you to think positively about the important things in your life.

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This means that rather than trying to convince yourself that you’re something that you don’t really believe you are, you instead think positively about the important things in your life.

It forces you to reflect on things that you know and believe are good about yourself and your life. This will help you slowly build towards where you want those affirmations to take you.

Different Ways to Implement Daily Affirmations

You can implement these daily affirmations in a variety of different ways to improve your daily motivation. Some people simply stand in front of a mirror to themselves every morning or evening. Others like to write them on sticky notes and put them up in places they can regularly be visualized, such as the bathroom mirror.

Some people like to journal about these affirmations and go into a slightly deeper reflection. Some people even like to repeat these affirmations over and over again during phases of meditation.

The method you choose doesn’t matter. What matters much more is that the method resonates with you.

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For example, if you already meditate, maybe pulling these affirmations is the option for you. If you like to write and reflect, then consider doing some journaling.

Likewise, the list I’ve outlined above is by nowhere near exhaustive. There are millions of affirmations you could come up with. Again, the important thing is to find affirmations that resonate with you.

Start by choosing a few from the list that I created for you. Pick the ones that resonate with you. From there, decide what method you will use to reflect on these affirmations, write them down, or recite them in your head, and make sure you commit to it. Try to make it a regular part of your daily routine.

Choose the Ones That Speak to You

You don’t need to say the same list of affirmations every day or even any of the same ones day after day. Just choose the ones that speak to you.

For example, I don’t personally like using affirmations with the words ‘abundance’ or ‘manifest’ in them. This is just a personal choice. There’s nothing wrong with them, but they are just too woo-woo for me.

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Influencers toss around these terms despite having no purpose or meaning other than to motivate their audience to take action. This gives their audience the false idea that there is a reward at the end of the tunnel if they put in the work, but that’s not always the case.

I much prefer terms like ‘capability’ and ‘confidence’ because they remind me that I can make certain changes in my life if I wish to do so.

30 Daily Positive Affirmations to Improve Motivation

  1. I trust myself to make the right decision. I have the tools and abilities that I need to do so.
  2. I am becoming closer to my true self every day. Every challenge, loss, and success brings me closer to that goal.
  3. I am learning valuable lessons from myself every day, and I will continue to keep trying to learn from myself.
  4. I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
  5. Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy. These are emotions I can use to motivate myself throughout the day.
  6. My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil. This shall provide me with the alignment I need to conquer the tasks ahead of me today.
  7. I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.
  8. I have been given endless talents, which I begin to utilize today, and I have the confidence to do so.
  9. I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
  10. I allow myself to be who I am without judgment because that is what is going to allow me to be happiest in my life.
  11. I listen to my intuition and trust my inner guide because that is going to take me closer to what makes me truly happy.
  12. My drive and ambition allow me to achieve my goals because I have a fire inside of me pushing me forward.
  13. I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful, and I have the confidence to apply those skills in ways that will enable my success.
  14. Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.
  15. My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.
  16. I am courageous, and I stand up for myself and for others who may need my help in doing so because it is the right thing to do.
  17. I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind that gives me the ability to make good decisions throughout my day
  18. I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.
  19. I permit myself to do what is right for me because that is how I allow myself to be the most authentic.
  20. I give myself space to grow and learn because I understand that there is always room for growth in our lives.
  21. I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.
  22. I acknowledge my self-worth and am willing to improve it in areas that I consider are weaknesses right now.
  23. Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life. Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.
  24. My efforts are being supported by those around me who also want to see me succeed and do amazing things.
  25. My obstacles are moving out of my way; my path is carved towards greatness. I just need to continue walking that path.
  26. I am creatively inspired by the world around me, and I can use that inspiration to achieve amazing things in my life.
  27. My mind is full of brilliant ideas that I can use to benefit myself and others.
  28. I put my energy into things that matter to me because that is what brings me the most happiness in my life.
  29. I am at peace with who I am as a person because I understand what is important to me and what is not and live by my values.
  30. I make a difference in the world by simply existing in it and trying to make it a better place in whatever ways I can.

Final Thoughts

That is all we have on affirmations for now. I hope you enjoyed the article and now have a greater understanding of how these daily affirmations can influence our minds in powerful ways and, in turn, impact our future success and happiness.

Now that you understand what an affirmation is and how to properly use it in your life, take some time to create a few positive daily affirmations for yourself.

Practice this crucial skill because it can help you in many ways throughout your life.

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The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Critical (And How to Strike a Balance)

The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Critical (And How to Strike a Balance)

It is easy to hear the term “self-critical” and be immediately put off. After all, it’s difficult to be our own critics. However, utilizing self-criticism means taking a more self-aware path to ensure that you aren’t overlooking any possible areas of self-improvement.

Self-criticism affects your self-esteem and can be a useful tool to identify patterns of weakness that you can look to eradicate by adapting your behavior.

Self-Criticism Vs Self-Deprecation

In exploring the idea of self-criticism, one has to first consider what it means for the individual. It’s important to remember that there is a significant difference between being self-critical and being self-deprecating.

Self-deprecation is the act of putting oneself down, sometimes in an attempt to be humorous, but oftentimes out of a place of doubt and insecurity[1].

Self-deprecation erodes one’s confidence. It isn’t something to use lightly, as your own self-talk will play a part in defining your existence and how you are perceived, and, more importantly, in how you perceive yourself.

At the same time, you can’t take yourself so seriously that you are unable to make light of your mistakes as you pursue self-improvement. There is, of course, a balance to be struck, and both self-criticism and self-deprecation can be utilized in moderation.

Learning the difference between the two is the key to pursuing a productive life that will allow your successes to compound and your failures to be reduced. While self-deprecation can highlight flaws in your approach to life, self-criticism is more concerned with addressing those flaws and then acting to correct them.

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Self-Criticism: A Roadmap for Positive Change

Self-evaluation as a tool can open your eyes to the problematic behaviors that are derailing your goals. By identifying those behaviors, you can identify the steps to become the best version of yourself.

“Your thoughts affect how you feel and how you behave. The way you think has the power to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” -Amy Morin[2]

This idea underlines the importance of not allowing self-criticism to blur into the realm of self-deprecating behavior. That will only work against you as you are attempting to constructively analyze your own behavior.

Auditing is necessary and good. Look at industries across the board and you will find that the most successful companies, people, and products have worked hard to refine their final output. Auditing your life, schedule, clients, contacts, and more will help you to identify the good from the bad.

If you don’t look back on what you’ve done and allow yourself to be self-critical of the areas that created more problems and less results, how will you learn how to avoid those missteps in your future endeavors?

Auditing with critical thoughts will allow you to build your own map to success by targeting behaviors that are ineffective in your pursuit of goals, and it will help you realize the changes that need to take place in order to correct for those inefficiencies.

The Pros of Being Self-Critical

Self-Criticism Opens Your Eyes to Areas of Improvement

In life, you ought to be your biggest fan and instill the confidence in yourself to show the world that you are worthy of the life that you’ve achieved up until now.

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At the same time, however, you need to have the self-awareness to understand that you can feel like a million bucks while still having room for improvement. Learn to be self-critical enough to increase your overall success in the pursuit of your goals.

You can check out this TED Talk with Tasha Eurich to learn more on how to improve your self-awareness:

We all need to look in the mirror at times and work to identify the deficiencies in our own behavior in order to find room for improvement. So many people live their lives in a manner that allows no room for self-reflection and thus are missing out on key opportunities.

For example, many people complain about not having the money to save for retirement, but instead of working to identify a solution, they assume that it cannot be fixed. Some of those individuals might find that if they challenge themselves and open themselves up to criticism, they may find the source of their problem.

Perhaps they don’t have a proper budget in place and are spending more money than they bring in on a week-to-week basis. Being self-critical would help them realize this.

I’d argue that if we all spent more energy evaluating our place in life, how we got there, and where we want to go, it would clear up what is missing from the equation.

Self-Criticism Allows You to Realize Your Potential

By working to analyze your own behaviors and identify areas that need to be improved upon, you will be able to better strive to reach your full potential in life and unlock success.

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Being self-critical will help you to go from where you are now to where you want to be, and it will increase your self-awareness. There are so many positives to be gained by adopting a self-critical attitude.

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The Cons of Being Self-Critical

Self-Criticism Can Overemphasize Negatives

The problems that could arise if one is overly self-critical are not always clear, but there are a few issues that can pop up if you start being too hard on yourself.

If you are self-critical too often and don’t allow space in your own audit of yourself for praise, celebration, and reassurance in your victories, then you may be on a path of negative self-talk and perhaps even depression.

If you are constantly looking for what is wrong with your actions or pursuits while failing to see what you are doing right, then you aren’t utilizing self-criticism properly. While the line is thin, there is definitely a difference between appropriate, foundation-building self-criticism, and over-zealous, confidence-eroding self-deprecation.

Self-Criticism Can Lead to Negative Distortions of Yourself

One struggle I often see in individuals is with their own perception of self. If you have been raised to believe that you are a failure, for example, then you may not have a healthy expectation of yourself.

By being overly self-critical, you might be distorting your own self-image. The key here lies in utilizing the device of self-criticism correctly, which many people often do not do.

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If utilized properly, self-criticism can be a fantastic tool, but if used incorrectly, it can have devastating effects on your own self-worth and confidence.

Final Thoughts

When used properly, self-criticism can be a tool for success.

We must work hard to ensure that we are in fact exercising a constructive analysis of our own behavior and not falling into self-deprecation.

Unfortunately, it seems as though many view the idea of being self-critical with a negative connotation. However, it can be an extremely positive and fruitful exercise if pursued with the right mindset.

It helps tremendously when you have a community of friends and family who also help to uplift you and encourage you as you are pursuing your dreams in life.

In evaluating your own situation and in attempting to constructively self-criticize, you should also take a look at the people you surround yourself with to try and better understand if those individuals are helping you in your aspirations or if they are holding you back as you work to better yourself.

“We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.” -Jim Rohn[3]

If you work to adopt a healthy version of self-criticism and avoid allowing it to delve into self-deprecation or self-doubt, then it will serve you well as a tool to lend support to your goals and aspirations.

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