Positive affirmations are reminders that you’re a good person, that things are all right or some other positive thing you can tell yourself. This is a popular life coaching technique. It helps you remain calm in a stressful situation.
Positive Affirmation is import because it gives a sense of self-worth to the recipient. It also helps to positively reinforce their attitudes and habits. In addition to those reasons it also helps to build a positive rapport with the recipient.
I asked readers, researchers, and curious folks like yourself what they felt was most important about this topic. What follows is a combination of some of the better answers in a long series of interview-format articles. The answers are raw, personal, and hopefully add some insight to your life.
Today’s Focus: Positive Affirmations
R: In a few words, can you describe what is the biggest reason you think this topic is important?
I: It reassures the recipient. It boosts self-esteem. It gives a sense of pride
R: How’s this subject relevant to making or changing the lives of those around us?
I: People responds positive to this kind of affirmation. Missions get accomplished. There is less obstacles to reaching one’s goals.
R: Please tell me about your own experience with this topic and how it helped someone be better.
I: Understanding positive affirmation is priceless in parenting. I grew up with a parent who would see a fault from 10 miles away, and point it out ignoring 5 good things I had done. Needless to say, that messed me up. I am a parent now, and I make sure I always praise the good things my daughters do before I tell them that something needs improvement. I want to be a good parent who brings up confident daughters not afraid of making an occasional mistake.
R: Is there anyone you can think of that seems to be a great role-model as far as this topic is concerned.
I: Motivational speakers, whether as a group or individuals, are skilled at using and understanding Positive Affirmations. Motivational speakers travel and speak to those who are going through difficult times; giving them ways they can use positive affirmations in their daily lives. One such way some motivational speakers use positive affirmations often is to write on a sticky note and paste it to your mirror so that you will read it first thing in the morning! Or I’ve heard some say to keep a journal full of positive affirmations by writing why the day is good upon waking and what was good about the day right before you go to bed. Some motivational speakers are religious and will use the guidebook (Bible, etc)that their followers are already familiar with to further their messages by using positive affirmations. They both use and understand this as it is a tool they utilize on a regular basis.
R: Tell me who in your personal experience is not up-to-speed on this subject at all.
I: Groups of people who do not know what this means is people who have a hard time reading. Sometimes it’s hard to understand things. It’s easy for some people to ask questions to them, without reading.
R: How could the average person plan to bring this topic into the stuff they do on a daily basis?
I: Most people begin to learn about new topics by going to reliable sources for information. These include, but are not limited to: looking up the topic on an internet search engine, going to a library and finding books about the topic, and talking to someone who works in that field. They might ask their friends or coworkers about the topic.
R: Is there a specific time when this topic is best worked, used, or made apparent?
I: There is no perfect time in a person’s life to bring in positive affirmations, but there are always times that it can be of great value to a person. When they have reached a great height in their career. It is of also great to hear these during an annual review. In your personal life it is always nice to hear from a loved one like a spouse or significant other positive thoughts and opinions to help boost the relationship.
R: When do you think folks should absolutely NOT work on this topic?
I: When a person is wallowing in grief, they may not want to hear positive affirmations at that moment. Sometimes they just need to grieve for a while. Save the affirmations for another time.
R: In a few short sentences, tell us where people could get some good use out of this topic.
I: the best environment would be around your family. Those are usually the people that feel true joy for you. Those people should always support you.
R: What place is this subject just totally inappropriate for?
I: If a person is so far down on themselves that they have little self-worth, there is not much good that positive affirmation can do for them, or so it seems. They may think you are trying to make fun of them, or that you are chastising them for their work. There is nothing to be done in a case like this except continue with your affirmations. As time goes on their self-worth will build more and more.
R: Who’s someone that could gain quite a bit from looking further into this topic?
I: People who’re depressed. Children could use a great deal of training in this. Parents of kids who struggle with self-esteem.
R: Can you give us any hints or tips for working this topic into our lives?
I: To attain a better understanding of positive affirmations one must use them in their own lives. When you see someone do something good, let them know. When you see how much harder they work because of a positive attitude, you can take that experience and apply it to your own life as a positive event.
R: Share with us your thoughts on what’s most damaging when it comes to this subject.
I: It would be wise to avoid fluff opinion pieces on this topic. It would also be wise to avoid any new-age type websites, or websites that promote pop psychology. It is likely that a lot of good research material exists on this topic, however one should be careful to try and find material that is backed up with reputable sources.
R: Describe a good idea for bringing this topic into our lives today.
I: The best way to understand about positive affirmation is to practice them. Nothing lets you understand more than practice and seeing people’s response to your positive affirmation can teach you a lot. You don’t need to act like a suck-up, just be positive with the people you come in contact with and let them know you appreciate them.
I trust you enjoyed this trip through learning more about this topic. Often, I find some of the most useful (and colorful!) pearls of wisdom come out of the quick little answers we give each day. I hope you do too and that some of these nuggets of awesomeness were here for you.
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