As most successful people will tell you, a healthy mindset is more important than anything else when it comes to being successful. You could be starting from the absolute bottom of the ladder, with no extra help, and make it to the top if your mind is in the right place.
Similarly, you could have all the help in the world making it to the top, and if you have a bad mindset, you still may fail. Learning to utilise positive affirmations is a powerful thing that can both help and hinder you, depending on how you use it.
Positive affirmations are things that you tell yourself in order to get yourself motivated and happy. This can be anything from you telling yourself how good you are at your job to you telling yourself that you will block out negativity.
For the most part, positive affirmations are beneficial and sometimes necessary for you to become successful. If you’re always thinking about how much you’re failing and unable to look on the good side of your progress, you won’t get very far.
Positive affirmations help you develop a brighter outlook on your path to success, which can help in the long run. What you need to watch out for when it comes to this is the possibility of losing the ability to constructively criticise yourself.
Sometimes, to get yourself out of a rut, you need to beat yourself up a little bit, look at your flaws and recognise them so that you can improve. If you’re overly caught up with positive affirmations, you may try to block out any and all negativity.
You need to remember that some of the right kind of negativity can be a good thing. Additionally, too much positivity can sometimes hinder you. It really comes down to how each individual works best.
You may be more driven by positive comments, working a lot harder each time someone compliments your work or you hear an inspirational quote. In this case, positive affirmations can work well for you.
On the other hand, you might get lazy when people respond well to your work, almost letting off the gas. Inspirational quotes and other motivational tools might just make you think of yourself as a failure since those quotes don’t apply to you.
These types of people might benefit more from jostling themselves around a bit in order to get motivated. Everyone is different, so if you feel like affirmations might work for you, give it a try but, make plans to evaluate your progress and drive on a specific schedule.
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