You’ve probably heard of using positive
affirmations to improve self-esteem.
Changing the way you talk to yourself has
been shown to have a positive impact on
your mood, your behavior, and successful
outcomes…even the neurochemistry of your
brain changes if you think more positively.
The Down Side
The news isn’t all good, though.
There has also been research to show
that if you struggle with low self-esteem,
saying positive things about yourself might
actually worsen your mood, at least initially.
So, should you use positive self-affirmations
like “I’m a lovable person!” or just let it go?
Positive affirmations are not for everyone.
If using them makes you feel worse, then don’t
use them. But know that if you suffer from low
self-esteem, it can take awhile before using
positive affirmations actually “feels” better.
Working It Out
Positive affirmations help by giving your mind
an alternative to consider, which is a new
experience not unlike when you work out a muscle
you haven’t worked out before..
and your muscle is sore afterwards.
Keep working it out and the soreness leaves and
the muscle gets stronger.
So will your self-esteem.
Give ‘Em A Chance!
Like so many things in life, you have to give
using positive affirmations a real chance if you
want to see results.
You can’t use them for a day and call it quits.
Or you can, but you’re not likely to think they do
Give it a week, two weeks, a month, six months…
whatever you can commit to and see what happens.
Then you can make an informed decision about it’s
effectiveness in your life.
It’s Week Three in A Year to Change! Don’t forget to
work on your exercise related to “The Given,” which
can be one of the most powerful exercises you’ll do
all year! Do not skip it!
For more information on how to use positive affirmations
successfully, see : 100 Positive Affirmations