I hate my job. I’m so unhappy. No one loves me.

Does any of the above sound familiar to you? Don’t be surprised if you’ve thought one or all of those statements at one time or another. In today’s society we are programmed to focus on the things we are unhappy with and the things that we wish would change. Unfortunately, this mindset leads to negative thinking, and these kinds of thoughts can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many people are starting to realize that to change their lives they first need to change their thoughts; this is where positive daily affirmations come in.

Everything we think, everything we say, is an affirmation. Whether conscious or not, we are continually analyzing our existence. The way we think about ourselves and our lives shapes the way that we respond and react to the environment around us. If we tell ourselves we hate our job we’ll spend so much time focusing on that, we will fail to notice things such as we have friends we work with, the great employee care our company offers and career advancement opportunities. Conversely, if we were to tell ourselves we loved our job we would smile more at work, be more productive and excited about our work and network and make more connections that could lead to a coveted promotion.

Positive affirmations work by the power of thought, and the power of thought plays a large influence on our lives. Many of the extremely successful people today operate with daily affirmations, and you can too. You are the only limit to your dreams; only you can create the reality you want.

Daily affirmations are available in many places (online, in books), but the more personal they are, the more effective they will be. This is why we encourage you to write your own. It’s easier than you might think. First, grab a paper and a pen. Write down what you are unhappy with, or what you would like to change in your life. Then, write in present tense what would make you happy. This might look something like, “I hate being broke,” and then, “I am financially secure and happy.” If you have trouble with this, start simple and short. You can always edit your statement later on to be more specific. “I am happy,” is a fine beginning.

Now that you have your affirmation, you need to use it. You’ll want to make positive thinking a part of your daily routine. Try to do this first thing in the morning, and then throughout the day if you find your negative thoughts are creeping back in. Look at yourself in the mirror. Be convincing, be enthusiastic, and make yourself believe what you are saying. Keep a paper with your positive statements on it with you at all times. Take it out and read it to yourself if you need to. Don’t feel silly. Remember that you have the power to change your life, and positive daily affirmations can be the first step in a great journey.

Author's Bio: 

Jill Magso is a member of the Silva Team and contributes to spreading enlightened ideas and sharing teachings about meditation practices. The Silva Method encompasses a variety of powerful exercises that take you deep into Alpha and Theta levels of the mind so that you can work within your subconscious as well as your conscious mind.