“The most influential person who will talk to you all day, is you.” – Zig Ziglar.
I don’t know if anybody else will admit this, but I have self-talk all the time. I’m always thinking and pondering imaginary conversations in my mind. Sometimes I feel weird about it. But I found most people talk to themselves. Some even talk out-loud. I have now found out that this is actually healthy.
“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind” – Zig Ziglar
In an earlier post, My Miracle Morning, I talked about my morning rituals – the things I do every morning to improve my day and my life. I learned these from the book, Miracle Morning. The 6 rituals form an acrostic, SAVERS, and I want to talk about each over the next few posts.
A is for Affirmation
Affirmations are truths that you tell yourself. It may sound weird, but we are what we think. If we think failure, we will become failure.
If you constantly say critical and negative things about yourself internally, you will continue to live below your potential. You will live up (or down) to your expectations.
You need to speak positive things to yourself. This doesn’t mean you gloss over your weaknesses or never admit mistakes or sins. We must be honest with ourself. But it does mean we need to be realistic and positive about the direction of our life.
So what are some of my affirmations? Let me share with you a few of my own personal ones, and then I will share some others that you can use. I encourage you to write down those that inspire you, and speak these to yourself. Anytime you find a quote or Scripture passage that you can personalize, add them to your morning ritual.
- Because it’s the best news in the world, I dedicate time each day to share the Gospel with an individual.
- Because people are under stress all around me and they really matter, I leave every person I speak to better than I found them because I genuinely care about what is happening in their lives and I’m not afraid to give them an honest compliment.
- I am just as called, committed and capable of achieving my ideal outcome as any other person on earth, and I will prove that today with my actions.
- Building my church isn’t about me and what I want. It is about connecting with God, my church family, the unchurched, and my leadership to find out what’s important to them and then matching Jesus or our ministry to meet their wants and needs.
- Jesus is worthy of more of the Christianity than I am living right now.
- I am 100% committed to treat all people the way I would want to be treated, treat them the way I would treat Jesus if they were Him, and treat them the way Jesus has treated me.
These are about half of my affirmations. Others are more personal. If you want to read my entire list, please contact me.
Affirmations are simply declarations of truth about yourself to yourself. The greatest declarations are from the Bible. I am starting to add more Scriptural affirmations to my list. Here are a few I found:
- This is the day which the LORD has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalms 118:24).
- For the joy of the LORD is my strength (Neh 8:10)!
- I trust in the Lord with all my heart; and lean not unto my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him, and He shall direct my paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- Jesus keeps me in perfect peace, as my mind is stayed on Him: because I trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).
- I wait upon the Lord, and He renews my strength; I mount up with wings as eagles, I run, and am not weary; I walk, and am not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
- My delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law do I meditate day and night. And I shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season, my leaf also shall not wither, and whatever I do, shall prosper (Psalms 1:2-3).
- My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
- God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think, according to His power that works in me (Ephesians 3:20).
- Because of all You have done for me, I present my body to You as a living sacrifice for this day. I want to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, affirming that Your will for me is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
I hope this helps you as you begin each morning. Start every day with truths that will encourage you to live the life God wants you to live.
You also may want to affirm others around you, like family members. Affirm the truth about your children and spouse every day. Remind them who they are in Jesus.
Please share some of your affirmations with me. I would love to add them to my list.
You can read my original post: My Miracle Morning