CAREER ADVANCEMENT / OCT. 26, 2014
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How to Use Affirmations

‘I’m a poor public speaker’. ‘I’m always late for every meeting’. ‘My colleagues don’t like me’. ‘I don’t have what it takes to do this job’. Many people harbor such negative thoughts consistently. As a result, they end up having a negative outlook towards their lives. In many cases, negative thoughts end up becoming self-fulfilling prophecies. For instance, if you don’t think you have the ability to carry out a task, you are likely to perform poorly at it. Such thoughts not only affect our careers, but also our personal lives. It is therefore very important to learn to use affirmations to bring about positive change in our lives.

Affirmations are positive statements which you can use to counter negative, self-sabotaging thoughts. Repeating such statements allows you to believe in and visualize what you are saying. This eventually results in positive changes in your career and life in general. People who make positive affirmations regularly are less likely to experience depression or any other health conditions.

Affirmations can be useful in a wide range of situations. You can use them when you want to:

  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Improve your productivity
  • Complete projects successfully
  • Manage negative feelings such as impatience or depression
  • Boost your confidence before an important presentation
  • Stay motivated after setting personal goals

Here are some tips for using affirmations:

  • Affirmations should target specific beliefs or behaviors which you are struggling with. Take time to think of where you would like to see changes in your life. Do you want to be more productive at the workplace? Do you desire a more intimate relationship with your colleagues or friends? Do you want to be more patient? Write a positive statement for each area you would like to work on.
  • Write your affirmations in the present tense. This will help you believe that changes are happening right now. For example, ‘I’m confident and well prepared’ would be a good affirmation when you are going for a presentation.
  • When it comes to affirmation, repetition is very important. Repeat your affirmations several times a day, especially when you find yourself lapsing back into negative behavior or thought.  
  • Make sure your affirmations are realistic. This will make it easier for you to believe what you are repeating to yourself. For instance, if you have just joined a bank as a cashier, affirming yourself about being the branch manager in two years does not make sense.  

The following are a few examples of positive affirmations:

  • I’m successful
  • I can do this!
  • My colleagues and boss will receive my work positively
  • I’m honest in my work
  • I love working with my team
  • My opinions and suggestions are valued
  • I’m thankful for my job
  • I’m happy
  • I’m generous
  • I’m skilled in what I do
  • I have a positive attitude
  • I complete my projects and tasks on time

Just like regular physical exercise develops our physical health, repeating affirmations helps us reprogram our thinking patterns. With time, we are able to think and act in a new manner.

Have you use Affirmations while in or applying for a job role? How effective did you find them? Your thoughts and comments below please…

 

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