By Alex Demczak
Alex is a former SEC quarterback for the Missouri Tigers where he graduated with a degree in Communication and minored in Business. A communicator, facilitator, trainer who aspires to challenge businesses, schools, sports teams, and non-profits to maximize their potential and make a difference, Alex is a husband and father too. He is the author of Thrive U, which is a collection of stories from 100 collegiate and professional athletes from across the country. Alex has a website, podcast, and a lot of energy (apparently).
According to a recent study, the average person has around 500 negative and intrusive thoughts per day. If that statistic is even remotely true, think about how much time is wasted on negativity. Think about how many dreams are never pursued because of the lies that hold people back. Think about all that you could accomplish if you decided to listen to the positive rather than the negative.
I listened to two audio books recently that really had an impact on me. The first was Winning The War of Your Mind by Craig Groeschel. The second was Soundtracks by Jon Acuff. These are two of my favorite authors and podcasters. The overall message of both books is that we must be intentional to foster positive self-talk and cultivate a positive mindset in our lives. No one drifts into being a positive, impactful person.
Reading both books has challenged me to look at my own thoughts and observe the “soundtracks” I am choosing to listen to. If I am being honest, I have a lot of broken and negative soundtracks that I choose to listen to daily; you probably do as well. In light of this, I’m challenging myself with the goal of speaking positive self-affirmations or declarations for 30 days straight. Every morning before I start my day, I will read aloud a list of affirmations that I hope will help me replace the negative soundtracks in my mind with positive ones. I challenge you to do the same and let’s see how it impacts our lives for the next month.
If you are like me, you probably think this sounds like a cheesy idea that won’t make a difference, but after reading both of these books, it is clear that some of the highest performers in the world use daily affirmations to cultivate a more positive mindset– which impacts their faith, their relationships, their career, and their ability to overcome obstacles. I think that your own affirmations need to be customized according to what works for you. There is nothing wrong with using someone’s else’s, but I think there is power in creating your own personal affirmations. Here are a few examples from Craig Groeschel’s book:
– I wake up with purpose, direction, and meaning every day of my life.
– I bring my best—and then some. It’s what I bring after I do my best that makes the difference.
– My God has not given me a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
– I love people and believe the best about others.
These are just a few examples that Craig mentions in his book. I challenge you to think of a list of daily affirmations that speak to you personally and write them down. Then say them to yourself every morning for the next 30 days. Whether you take the challenge or not, in a world filled with negativity, it has never been more important to fill your life with positive encouragement that allows you to flourish and become the person you were always meant to be.
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