Achieving a major goal in your personal life or in your career is never an easy task. There are always obstacles that stand in your way, fear of not succeeding, and time barriers that can seem insurmountable.
One simple and effective way to help yourself achieve your goals is through affirmations.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t an affirmation when you stand in front of the mirror and repeat a cheesy mantra to yourself?” This is one way to use an affirmation, yes, and it’s the way that people think of most often, but it’s certainly not the only way to empower yourself.
For many people, repeating a significant phrase a few times every day can be an effective tool for reminding yourself of what you’re capable of. Knowing something in your mind will take you part of the way, but hearing it out loud can give that extra boost needed to push you forward. But if verbal mantras aren’t your style, there are lots of other ways you can use affirmations to achieve goals.
Using affirmations can look very different from one person to the next. For example, written affirmations can be a very helpful tool. Write yourself a note on a Post-it and stick it somewhere that you will see it every day. Your note might have a list of things you need to do, a sentence on why you’re trying to achieve this goal, or a motivational phrase. Quotes from people you respect and admire can also be great written affirmations. A written affirmation that helps you push forward might read, “For my kids.” For someone else, a Post-it scrawled with tough love like “Failure is not an option” might be more effective.
Visualize with Imagery
Another excellent way to positively affirm your actions is with images. Make the wallpaper on your computer a picture of the vacation spot you’ll travel to once this task is completed. Put pictures on your desk of the family members that you work to support. Or hang up artwork on your walls that you find inspiring or motivational for whatever reason. Those motivational posters that say things like “Teamwork” or “Attitude” have their place, and many people find them effective, but don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to these sorts of images.
Empower with Music that Inspires
Music can also be a great way to affirm your goals. Create a radio station on Pandora that gives you the energy you need to complete your work, or play a specific song at the beginning of each day to get yourself in the right mindset. Whether it’s an old song you love that always makes you feel good or a pump-up song that gets you amped for the day ahead, music can be a great tool for empowering yourself.