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Affirm, Affirm, Affirm

Self-affirmations aren’t BS—they have the power to transform our subconscious.

By: Meron Nephtalem

A photo of a girl looking into a mirror.
Photo By: Sophia Kysela

“I am healthy. I am smart. I am confident.”

Every morning, I look in the mirror and repeat these phrases out loud. I always make it a point to begin my day with affirmations. If you don’t know what those are, affirmations are words or phrases that provide support and encouragement.

From the moment we step out of our dorms or apartments, we are immersed in the reality around us. We might receive a poor test score or have a bad workout. Our lives have plenty of room for error. When we face rejection, or things don’t go how we want them to, we can become filled with negative thoughts. These negative thoughts can send us down a steep spiral, giving rise to an obstructive mentality that hinders our self-growth.

Our subconscious mind drives all our automatic or intrinsic actions—like riding a bike or writing on paper. We don’t need to use our conscious mind to do these simple tasks. This automatic, habitual state means that our subconscious is also susceptible to absorbing constant negative thoughts. Saying things like “I can’t do this” or “I’m a failure” infiltrate our subconscious, making us believe we actually are.

By reaffirming ourselves daily, we can reprogram our minds, which, in turn, opens up the door to growth and self-love. Repeating these daily affirmations will eventually trick your subconscious into believing them, counteracting the effects of negative self-talk.

So, tomorrow morning, I urge you to try affirmations. Look in the mirror, speak clearly, and repeat your positive phrases three times. Say them with intent. Continue this practice for at least a month, and watch as you transform into your best self.

Your subconscious mind is powerful, so use your words to your advantage.


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