After reading these two posts on Mind Body Green and having to do a 21 day affirmation project for one of my classes this semester, I’ve had affirmations on my mind a lot recently. Now first of all, I’m not one for all those motivational quotes and inspiration images you see all over Pinterest and Instagram. Quite frankly, I hate them most of the time.
So when I was forced to do a project with creating an affirmation and saying it everyday for 21 days, I didn’t like it. I think that fact that we crafted our own affirmations instead of using some cheesy “over said” one you might find online, it was a bit better, but still not for me. I thought after 3 weeks I might find it more pleasant, but still not for me.
The problem I find and which is touched upon in those articles from Mind Body Green, is that simply saying something isn’t going to change a thing. You can’t expect to say something a have it magically happen or even change your mindset. Just like you can’t say you’re going to run a marathon tomorrow with no prior training and survive. It’s just not realistic.
Affirmations are supposed to be used to create a positive change in mindset and affirm, “declare”, something. It’s a declaration or supportive statement. But that’s all it is support. It’s really just strung together words that have no meaning if you don’t take action on them (and fully believe them!). It’s the passive “Have a good day!” from the cashier after you check-out at the grocery. That’s great that you should have a good day, it may even put a smile on your face, but if you don’t actually do anything to MAKE it a great day, it’s not just going to happen.Read More