Did you know that the average person speaks up to 2,000 words a day?
Depending on your personality, you may speak more or less.
What's important is not the quantity of your words, but their quality. We speak so often that we sometimes forget the power behind our words.
Your words shape the reality you'll experience.
That's why affirmations are so popular today, especially among those who prioritize self-care, self-love, and living their best lives. At FYIG, we believe in the power of affirmations, and we're proud to be riding the affirmation wave.
Affirmations are not just positive statements that you speak aloud at a designated time in your day. Affirmations are being declared every time you open up your mouth. Whether you are saying something positive or negative. You are constantly affirming who you are, what you believe, and how you feel about yourself.
Paint a future that you'll enjoy experiencing by being mindful of your words
It's crucial to be conscious of your words about yourself and others. While your brain is intelligent, it cannot differentiate between self-talk and other forms of communication.
Choose Love over Anger to Attract Positivity
When you're feeling angry, opt for words of love instead. This will not only help you stay centered and open to receiving good things but also teach you to focus on the positive when facing challenges.
Perhaps some of you may feel skeptical, thinking that your words don't carry much weight, but they do.
I can recall my sophomore year in high school when I felt confident about my campus life, social circles, and academics....until I ran into Tony; a handsome senior on the football team. I admired him from afar and wished that we could become a couple, but he never spoke to me. One day, as I walked through the gymnasium looking my best, I saw him and decided to take a chance.
"Hey, Tony! Great game last night," I said to start the conversation.
"Thanks Amirah! Where are you headed?" he replied.
"To cheer rehearsal!" I exclaimed with a huge grin. He nodded and smiled.
His interest in my whereabouts boosted my confidence even more, allowing me to flirt and show my interest without hesitation.
I flash my million-dollar smile, tossing my hair over my shoulder with confidence as I suggest, "I'm sure you have practice too - perhaps you can call me afterward?"
He laughed out loud. "Okay, fine...let me grab a pen and jot down my number on that big forehead of yours!"
I had no idea that a group of people had entered the gym until I heard their laughter from behind.
I felt incredibly embarrassed. This event changed my perspective of myself. From that day forward, I went from feeling super confident to extremely insecure....
When we don't comprehend the impact of spoken language, we start to believe that other people's opinions hold more weight than our own self-worth.
We become reliant on others to define our identities, and what they say and see becomes the language we use to describe ourselves.
For the remainder of the school year, I went out of my way to avoid him. The sight of him made me feel incredibly insecure and I couldn't bear to face him.
The day of his graduation arrived and even though I was just a sophomore, I had to attend and perform with the cheerleading squad.
As I was walking to the parking lot after the ceremony, I spotted him. Despite receiving Honors and being awarded four football scholarships, the words that came out of those surrounding him were with negative.
That’s when I learned that words carried power.
You see, that day in the gymnasium, Tony was showcasing to me the words he allowed to color his world. He was giving me much of what he probably received. Negative, embarrassing, and demeaning language. Although he was talking to me, the words out of his mouth were affirming who he was, what he believed, and how he felt about himself.
Dedicating time each day to write and speak positive statements to yourself is incredibly important, and here's why: Many of us have come from environments and experiences that have exposed us to harmful language that does not support our full potential. It's easy to fall into believing what others say about you is the truth...but that's not true. Who you are and what you become is directly associated with how you see and feel about yourself.
Your past experiences may have diminished your confidence, affected your self-esteem, and altered your self-perception. Affirmations can help counteract these negative influences and, over time, foster a more empowering mindset.
Positive Affirmations Can:
Be a powerful way to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.
Rewire your brain to remember who you were before the world told you who you weren’t.
Regain control of defining and assigning who you are and what you believe.
Reframe how you speak about yourself and others
Affirmations enabled me to successfully overcome insecurities, self-doubt, and limiting beliefs, which I had unwittingly harbored due to my lack of awareness of just how impactful words can be.
From this healed space, I offer you the following: write your own story, and when others offer their opinions and try to tell you who you are...don’t you dare add a single point to the pages of your life, unless it supports how you see yourself.
For Your Inner G believes in the power of the spoken word. Affirmations can help counteract negative influences and, over time, foster a more empowering mindset. Here are a few resources to help you begin to think, speak, and rewire your inner dialogue to support and encourage your self-love journey!
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