Over the years, I have learned that positive affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you feel braver while taking the necessary risks to make your big dream a reality.
If you believe that you have the power to create the change you need then your idea has the potential to become a reality.
But you must first believe without a doubt, with all of your heart, and with all of your mind that you deserve your dream. You must be able to feel your dream coming true. You must become excited about your vision and happy when you picture it in your life.
Many would-be dreamers do not understand how a positive mental state can assist you in overcoming difficult situations that call for bravery. From my own experience, I’ve witnessed first-hand how your thoughts impact your life.
When something unpleasant happens to you–how often do you allow the situation to spiral your thinking into negativity and use it as a reason to walk away from what you truly want?
When you allow your thinking to feed the negative–it grows bigger–just like adding water to a plant makes it grow.
Your mind is capable of leading you towards great achievements, but your intellect will only help you produce what you feel with an emotional connection. If you intensely feel what is wrong in your life and you allow your thoughts to dwell there, your mind will reveal nothing but what is wrong and how to create more of it.
Your creative mind is an obedient servant feeding you precisely what it sees that you are feeling and where you’re focusing your energy.
For example, one morning someone almost slammed their car into me on the highway. I was furious. I began to curse and immediately focus on the negative “what if” outcome of being smashed in my car on the side of the road. My cynical thought fed upon itself until I couldn’t let go of my anger. And what do you think happened because I clung to my irate frame-of-mind?
Little “accidents” continued to occur throughout my workday.
My phone froze and stopped working. It started to rain, and I slipped, bruising my arm. I knocked over my coffee, spilling coffee on my desk and into an open drawer with important files. My printer jammed so hard that I had to take it apart to get the paper unstuck. My lunch order was wrong. A presentation I was working on crashed, and I lost an hour’s worth of work. It was at this point that my feelings of anger spilled over into tears.
Once I stopped crying, I realized that my emotional opinion since my “almost-car-accident” had created a future string of negative events. I’d allowed my pessimistic view to destroy my emotional well-being, which in turn created more negative drama for me in the present moment.
What I should have done after the accident is happily welcomed the fact that no one was seriously hurt and see that the incident was probably trying to tell me something about my life. Accident near misses is a sign that you need to slow down and be more fully present. I should have hailed to the heavens that everyone was alright and thanked the universe for being able to remain brave during a scary event. I’ve been feeling tired from all the activity happening in my life right now and to be honest; I haven’t taken time off to rest and recharge.
Boom! There was my sign.
Haven’t you noticed that when you are open to more good in your life then more good sweeps in to support you?
When I wanted something more than being a media designer. I blessed these thoughts and I chose became excited about the idea of creating something more expansive in my life. I began to day-dream about all the ways I could empower women–not just in my country–but internationally as well. I decided to pray about it, offer up positive affirmations about my new dream, and I believed with a deep feeling that my answer would find me.
A few days later, Catherine, the founder, and editor-at-large of 8WomenDream sent me an email asking me if I wanted to write a series of articles for 8WD to share my thoughts with this website’s massive following from a South African perspective. I saw it as an opportunity to gain exposure for my work and add another accomplishment to my resume to further enhance my career goals. Boom! A win-win.
And that’s precisely how positive-feeling affirmations work.
You have to be open to all of the possibilities that arise and believe with intense emotion that you deserve the good that is there for you if you will only open your eyes to it.
You may be wondering how to use an affirmation. It’s as simple as creating a short sentence affirming what you want and then becoming happy as you see it coming true in your mind, then believe with all your heart that you deserve it.
Faith and belief are the water that makes your dream affirmation grow into something physical in your life. It is magical.
Every day, instead of saying:
I wish I had a better life. I hate my situation.
Affirm for yourself:
I attract positive opportunities in my life everyday and I welcome these opportunities right now!
I am happy! My life is great!
I love my life! I am grateful for everything about my life today!
Things are only getting better for me!
I am grateful for the positive opportunities in my life today!
You need to speak positively about what you want from life and believe that you deserve it. Each day you need to speak your dreams into existence and believe that your affirmations create your world. You must do it with an excited feeling.
Don’t let negative thoughts overshadow your goals.
When you first get out of bed in the morning, welcome each day with a positive-feeling attitude. Be grateful that you are alive for another day and you have yet another chance to make your big dream a reality. Set your intention for the day. Tell yourself with a happy feeling how great of a day it is going to be and then be open to all the wonderful coincidences that follow.
This week, I affirm for you with all the feeling in my heart that you are having the best week of your life. It is filled with positive energy. I believe this for you, and you will receive it.
Because I also believe you deserve it! So come on–won’t you be brave and feel it too?
Sue Faith Levy
Sue Levy is the founder of the South African Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. She’s a motivational writer and media designer, who is obsessed with everything inspirational with a hint of geek. She thrives on teaching women how to be brave and take big chances on themselves. You can find Sue on her Twitter page @Sue_Levy.
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