According to a 2014 Annual Review of Psychology study, practicing positive affirmations led to improvements in education, relationships, and health. Your thoughts orient your actions. Practicing self-affirmations can create a positive feedback loop, break the cycle of negativity, and build up your confidence.
Reflect on how to use positive affirmations
Learning how use positive affirmations is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.
When was the last time you gave yourself a pep talk?
Exercises to help you use positive affirmations
Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to use positive affirmations.
- Jot down 3 positive statements about yourself. For example, “I possess the qualities and tools I need to be successful today” or “I have the confidence to...”
- Validate your affirmations with a close friend or colleague. They can help you restructure your statements to reflect a positive tone and confirm that you’re being kind to yourself.
- Recite your affirmations the next time you feel nervous before a presentation. Get into the habit of referring to your affirmations once a day or when you need a boost.
Additional resources to help you use positive affirmations
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