Behind Every Great Person Is A Great Affirmation
“I am the greatest”- Muhammad Ali
Another well-known example of the power of affirmations is the great Muhammad Ali’s “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!” Many people thought he was crazy, or conceited, for repeating his affirmations out loud. But, he wasn’t always talking to us. Muhammad Ali was great because he believed he was great and we believed it because he did. He accurately predicted many of his fights through affirmations.
“You are beautiful”- Matthew Hoffman, Founder of the You are Beautiful Project
Practicing affirmations can be difficult for many of us because we tend to be our own worse critics, but with patience and consistency we can overcome negative thinking.
“One area in which most of my clients struggle is their relationship with themselves – their mind chatter is the worst. They think [and] talk about themselves in the most negative of terms, in a way they’d never dream of speaking to anyone else, even someone they dislike,” said Liza Baker, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
“When you catch yourself thinking, ‘Ugh, I’m so fat!’ catch yourself and add something positive: ‘…but I have beautiful skin!’ Slowly, your self-criticisms will be caught before they even arise, and you’ll start praising your positive attributes instead of critiquing your less desirable ones. If we incorporate such affirmations into our daily life – catching ourselves in negative self-talk and flipping it into an affirmation – we can heal our most important relationship – with ourselves,” said Baker.