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3 Reasons to Choose Affirmations Over Resolutions

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What a year this has been! As we prepare to enter 2021, what are you thinking about? Are you making resolutions, or do you see them as a waste of time? This time last year I was challenging myself to come up with a list of resolutions that were different than previous the years. It seemed like every New Year’s brought the same resolutions – eat better, exercise, more self-care. Well, my list ended up looking the same except for one resolution: to start and maintain my blog. That was my only different resolution and the only one I kept. This year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of going into the new year with resolutions, I am going into the new year by doing affirmations.

Affirmations are something I have been hearing and reading a lot about and want to incorporate into my daily routine. Resolutions are the things you want to see happen while affirmations are those things that you want to make happen. They are positive statements about yourself that work best when you are intentional about what you are saying. Here are three benefits of affirmations.

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Speak desires into existence

We can sometimes limit ourselves by the way we speak and the way we think. When you only think negative thoughts, negative words are far more likely to come out of your mouth. Speaking affirmations almost forces you to speak positively. When you hear yourself repeating these positive statements over and over, the hope is that you will eventually begin to believe them. So, speaking an affirmation surrounding healthy living can help fulfill the resolution of eating healthier. Healthy eating will almost come naturally after affirmations concerning your health and the desire to live healthily.  Affirmations utilize the power of your thoughts and words to create a desired change.

Build Self-Confidence

As stated earlier, negative thoughts will have you giving up before you even start. We often have lofty resolutions that we often do not keep due to our own lack of self-confidence. You can have a resolution of writing a book or going after your dream job but if deep down you do not feel like you really deserve it, it will not happen. Repeating affirmations and believing what you are saying can lead to your self-confidence rising to the point where you begin to make decisions and take actions that line up with your goals.

Become Aware of Negative Thought Patterns

Some affirmations are also helpful because you can see which ones are difficult for you to wrap your head around. If you already feel that you are loved, you will be able to say these types of affirmations easily. But if you find it hard to let go of your past mistakes and forgive yourself, then those affirmations that encourage you to forgive yourself may not come as easily.  This will let you know what areas you probably need to work on in your journey of personal growth. Your thought patterns and self-talk will become more evident as you begin saying affirmations.

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Hopefully, these benefits of affirmations will help you begin to incorporate them into your daily life. Do you already do affirmations? Do you feel like they help? Comment below with either your experience with affirmations or whether you want to start saying affirmations.

14 thoughts on “3 Reasons to Choose Affirmations Over Resolutions

  1. And the fact that most people don’t stick to their new resolutions. Positivity speaking and thinking is key.

    1. Exactly. Positive thinking and positive self-talk will put you in a much better position reach your goals.

  2. I love this post! Affirmations along with lifestyle changes are my go to for me when it comes to making and setting yearly goals. Resolutions tend to be unrealistic in my opinion, making them harder to achieve.

    1. Resolutions are made for what you want to see happen. If they are unrealistic they are going to be much harder to achieve. When I think of the resolutions I did not keep it was those that I really had no business making anyway ☺️. I think affirmations and lifestyle changes are more effective in getting you to where you really want to be.

  3. I love this, I always really struggle with resolutions, but affirmations I can get behind!

    1. I struggle with resolutions also. The great thing about affirmations is if you say the right ones for your situation you will be better able to keep your resolutions.

  4. What a great concept. I love practicing affirmations and I think that they make more of a positive impact on life in the long run. Here’s to positivity and more self esteem in 2021!

    1. I agree totally. They are definitely more life-changing. Looking forward to much more positivity in 2021. Happy New Year!

  5. I just came across a powerful affirmation for me yesterday with my health coach to say to myself when I am tempted to break my fast. I find affirmations very powerful in combating negative self-talk and it serves as a great mood booster!

    1. Yes! You are literally fighting the negative self-talk with positive self-talk. And it really does put you in a better mood.

  6. This is good. We tend to tie resolutions to happenstance, but nothing will change unless we do. Affirmations reinforce the idea that we have and are everything we need to succeed. Happy New Year!

    1. Yes. Once you realize you have everything you need, you can reach be intentional with reaching your goals. Happy New Year to you also!

  7. […] did not make any New Year’s resolutions this year, choosing instead to reach my goals through affirmations and intentional living.  So often we have dreams and desires but are not intentional with the way […]

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