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Do you say a daily affirmation?

Asked by Cruiser (34983 points ) September 8th, 2012

If you do is it the same everyday or do you use change it as needed? How long have you been practicing daily affirmations and does it work? Please share you thoughts on this and your affirmations if you will!

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Cruiser's avatar

I do, and everyday I say I will not drink and you are so handsome! At least one out of two is working! :)

janbb's avatar

I really must get out of bed.

chyna's avatar

I will go to the gym today. It works about twice a week.

cookieman's avatar

“Get moving fat boy. Stuff to get done.”

downtide's avatar

I have never had any success with positive affirmations. I was always acutely aware that I was doing nothing more than telling lies to myself.

bkcunningham's avatar

Today is going to be a good day. Today is going to be a good day. Today IS going to be a good day. Today IS A GOOD DAY!!

Used it for many, many, many years.

marinelife's avatar

I don’t now. I did at one time, and it really helped my self-esteem and ended my self-hatred.

wonderingwhy's avatar

Does half-consiously cursing the fat little wrens that think pre-dawn grey is the proper time to start chirruping 10 feet from my window count?

jca's avatar

No. I kind of roll with the punches, or “go with the flow.” If something is bothering me, I’ll talk myself out of it, but nothing specific, nothing daily, nothing scheduled.

gailcalled's avatar

Yes. “I’m awake; I’m breathing; Milo has not taken the Lear Jet and gone to Canada. This means a good day ahead.”

Cruiser's avatar

@gailcalled Sounds like Milo can be a handful!

gailcalled's avatar

I can’t write now because he is nearby and watching

Sunny2's avatar

“Okay. Get UP!” But I think I’ll change it, because it is NOT very affirming. I’ll have to give it some thought.

ragingloli's avatar

I do not even know what that is.
It does sound like repeatedly lying to oneself though.

Cruiser's avatar

@ragingloli I would offer that an affirmation would be a lie if you knew it would not be possible to achieve and a true affirmation is one you believe is possible to achieve.

dabbler's avatar

Seems like it could be a haphazard version of self-hypnosis.
Might as well learn proper technique and go for the real thing.

It also seems related to neuro-linguistic programming. The words you use set up resonant vibrations in your mind. That could explain why @Cruiser is more likely to be handsome and have a drink following that particular ‘affirmation’ ;-) The concept of ‘drink’ is more vivid than the concept of ‘not’.

gailcalled's avatar

@ragingloli: I have several choices on how to greet the day.

1) I am even older than I was yesterday

2) My knees and back ache.

3) I am miserabe

Or:

1)I am awake

2) I am breathing.

3) How lucky I am.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Daily affirmations are good if you believe in self-fulfilling prophecies. (Or would that be if you don’t believe? Since knowing you are deceiving yourself prevents any real changes in thinking, hmm…)

I remind myself to take life one day at a time. Sometimes when I’m really stressed and quite frankly losing it – an hour at a time.

ragingloli's avatar

@gailcalled
Correction:
1)I am awake
2) I am breathing.
3) How lucky I am.
4) Wait… THAT is what I am happy about?!
5) FML, where is my gun?

gailcalled's avatar

Yes, considering at my age, that it might not be true. I find it to be very successful.

What do guns have to do with POV?

ragingloli's avatar

to end it all.

gailcalled's avatar

Your affirmation, your choice.

Symbeline's avatar

I don’t have anything like that, although I do offer sacrifices prayers to Nyarlathotep every now and then.

bkcunningham's avatar

I was in a black period of my life and unable to move. When I opened my eyes one day and realized I had slept without pills and without waking to the sound of my own screams in the night I whispered, “This is going to be a good day.” I rolled over and went back to sleep. I did this routine until I was able to get out of bed and start living again.

I crawled first. Then I took baby steps. I fell down a lot. I got back up and kept going. One day at a time. Sometimes, even now, it is one minute at a time. But, I greet everyday with the affirmation that this is going to be a good day.

It hasn’t failed me. I’m still here. I’ve been blessed with some amazing friends, family and honestly, with a life that has had moments that people only dream about.Today is a good day.

bookish1's avatar

I try to say thanks every day. Sometimes I forget.

Often, I will tell myself “It does matter,” or “It’s going to be OK,” because I spent most of my life telling myself that “It doesn’t matter,” and feeling like things would never be OK.

Also when I remember, I tell myself I am living my dream. Seriously, I never thought I would have it this good just 3 or 4 years ago.

YARNLADY's avatar

Every day when I wake up the first thing I think is “Am I really awake?” Then I turn over and if my eyes stay open I think ”Y*A*Y another happy day.”

Pazza's avatar

Every day I ask the eather – please make this the day that the hundredth monkey awakens….

and I’ll open the wardrobe to find a clean ironed shirt…...

So far, I hit 50% on a daily basis.
But that’s mostly due to a loving wife…...

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’d better pee now.

yankeetooter's avatar

SNL flashback: I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!

Sunny2's avatar

I’ve decided to try, ” I can be better and stronger than I think I am.” Hope it helps.

bkcunningham's avatar

Give it a try, @Sunny2. You are better and stronger than you think you are. You really are.

Sunny2's avatar

@bkcunningham Thank you. I think so too, but I get down and forget.

Cruiser's avatar

@Sunny2 I second @bkcunningham ‘s reply and put a sticky note on your mirror if you have to!

Sunny2's avatar

@Cruiser Bleary eyed in the morning, I might do better to writ it in lipstick, but that’s so messy to clean up. No, I’ll remember, and say it to myself before I get up.

Cruiser's avatar

@Sunny2 Then a tattoo on the forehead is in order! ;D

rooeytoo's avatar

I read the little card on the wall above the computer. I don’t think I’ve ever followed it exactly, but even trying helps! it says:

Just for today, I will try to live through this day only,
and not tackle my whole life problem
at once. I can do something for twelve hours
that would appall me if I felt that I had to
keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today, I will be happy. This assumes to
be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that
“most folks are as happy as they make up
their minds to be.”

Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind.
I will study. I will learn something useful.
I will not be a mental loafer. I will read
something that requires effort, thought and
concentration.

Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is,
and not try to adjust everything to my own
desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes,
and fit myself to it.

Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three
ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and
not get found out. I will do at least two
things I don’t want to—just for exercise.
I will not show anyone that my feelings are
hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not
show it

Just for today, I will be agreeable. I will look
as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low,
act courteously, criticize not one bit, not
find fault with anything and not try to improve
or regulate anybody except myself.

Just for today, I will have a program. I may not
follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will
save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all
by myself, and relax. During this half hour,
sometime, I will try to get a better perspective
of my life.

Just for today, I will be unafraid. Especially I
will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful,
and to believe that as I give to the world, so
the world will give to me.

Sunny2's avatar

@Cruiser Of course! Written in reverse!

gailcalled's avatar

@Sunny2: Try, perhaps, to make it more specific and concrete and forget about the “I can” and the what “I think I am.” It’s an affirmation, remember.

For example;

Today I will do( one thing) well. ) Name the one thing, even if is adding a T. of ground flax seed- great source of Omega-3, to your cereal.

Today I will congratulate myself for that action.

Tomorrow I will wake up feeling better than I did today because of the flax seed.

Aster's avatar

No; but Cruiser, you said you got up and did yoga each morning then felt great! Did you give that up?

Sunny2's avatar

@gailcalled I don’t think I think strongly enough to make such a starkly definite statement. There’s nothing I can think of that I wish to affirm at this time. Maybe when I feel better and stronger, I can try again.

bkcunningham's avatar

You are better and stronger than you think, @Sunny2. You really are. You are better and stronger. You are better and stronger. Repeat after me. I am much better and I am stronger. I am better and I am stronger. I am great and I am strong!! Roar!

gailcalled's avatar

@Sunny2: Often the smallest concrete action will make you feel better. Otherwise, these abstractions are floating out there in the stratosphere and meaning nothing.’

Is there not one thing you can think of to do tomorrow that would cheer you up, for a minute or two?

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Just another day of uphill shit, keep going, you will sink deeper into it till you cant breathe!

Cruiser's avatar

@Aster No, I still do that almost each morning. Works like a charm!

Sunny2's avatar

@gailcalled I had a rehearsal last night and another this evening. My music and the people with whom I sing is what keeps me going when I’m feeling low.
@bkcunningham Thanks for the vote of confidence.

gailcalled's avatar

@Sunny2 ; There ya go.

Repeat after me:

“Tonight I will make a glorious noise and set the rafters to ringing. I will also open the bathroom window and sing in the shower. The birds will love that; so will the mailman. I feel sad because Gail cannot carry a tune, poor thing.”

gailcalled's avatar

Here’s a cheat sheet if you’re having trouble finding the most appropriate affirmation.

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