We all have “one of those days” , and often the cause of it is completely outside of our control.
However, how we react to a bad day can make the difference between a quick recovery and lasting damage. It’s better to take action that can turn things around, or at least stop them from getting worse.
Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Affirmations help purify our thoughts and restructure the dynamic of our brains so that we truly begin to think nothing is impossible. The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady / strengthen. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” . However, we cannot rely purely on thoughts; we must translate thoughts into words and eventually into actions in order to manifest our intentions.
The difference between low self esteem and high self esteem is the difference between misery and happiness, between failure and success, between tears and laughter. If you are unable to respect yourself, don’t expect others to do so.
If you believe the phrase “you are what you think”, then life can truly stem from your thoughts. People often say that if you tell yourself something enough times, you eventually begin to believe it, even if you started out having very little faith. This can certainly be the case with giving ourselves positive affirmations, if we suffer from low self-esteem.
So do positive affirmations work? Well, they’re worth a shot and may just help you in your hour of need.
Check out our top affirmations to help you cope with a bad day in work:
When you are confused
“I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents”
“I receive all feedback with kindness but make the final call myself”
When you are angry
“I let go of my anger so I can see clearly”
“I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions”
When you are scared
“I breathe in calmness and breathe out nervousness”
“Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life”
When you doubt your abilities
“I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today”
“I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful”
When your creativity is struggling
“Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas”
“My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite”
When your confidence is low
“My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity”
“I acknowledge my own self-worth”
When things go wrong
“Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good”
“Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones”
When you can’t see light at the end of the tunnel
“My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now”
“I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible”
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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