I am sugar free. In more ways than one. My challenge was to create affirmations for myself. The real challenge was expressing affirming statements of reality, not unicornville.
In my work life I am known for many humorous and serious philosophies. One is that I am sugar free in that I prefer being straightforward over sugar coating. Another infamous saying is “Forks. No spoons” with regard to being self-sufficient. You get the idea.
I came across the article Why Affirmations are Bullshit which did a good job describing my thoughts about many of common affirmations that I read. Here are some snippets from the article:
There are two major ways in which this flavor of affirmations stifles your personal growth practice:
- They lie.
A better idea: think true thoughts. What are you really doing?
- They make you lazy.
A better idea: choose thoughts that motivate you to action, not just to gratification.
Here is a two-question litmus test for de-bullshitting your “affirmations”
Question 1. Do I believe this thought?
Question 2. Does this thought feel good?
Armed with this clarity, I created affirmations for myself. I realized that it was meaningful to me for my statements to reflect actions or taking action.
- I make choices that support my goals.
- I teach myself to find the opportunity in every obstacle.
- I choose thoughts that move me forward toward my goals
- I have the awareness and ability to change my thinking and change any thought to something positive.
- I am deliberate and thoughtful with my food choices.
- I value maintaining my progress more than giving in to a momentary urge.
- Focusing on my why’s relieves me of distractions.
- I am eager and willing to do the work to obtain and maintain my health.
- I am confident that my lifestyle supports hormonal balance.
- I am sugar free and find no value in sugary, soft or flowery statements.
- I value being unvarnished and straight forward.
- I have a strong mind and sensitive spirit.
Believe it. Say it. Repeat it. Repeat often!
More to come…..