Most of us don’t doubt the power of positive thinking. Did you know, however, that the positive messages you tell yourself can do more harm than good?
Why, you ask? Aren’t all messages of positivity, well…positive? Not necessarily. I’m going to explain the differences between two commonly used methods for healing, affirmations and mantras, and tell you why neither works.
Affirmations actually do more harm than good because you are essentially telling a lie. Whether your affirmation is something as simple as, “I am at peace with myself” or “I am free of unwanted stress,” you’re still unintentionally causing your subconscious stress level to rise by repeating a goal, not a reality. And stress, as I have mentioned, is the cause of 90 percent of illness and disease.
Now you may be wondering what’s wrong with a mantra? Well, repeating a mantra, which could be as simple as a single word such as love or peace, has been clinically found to reduce stress. However, it’s merely a distraction. The underlying issue is still there. You’re simply avoiding the problem and not fixing anything.
So how can we use positive thinking and positive energy to make positive change in our lives? The method I advocate is called a truth statement. Truth statements work because they are founded on facts and not goals, like an affirmation. They also aren’t simply covering up the problem by reducing stress, like a mantra. A truth statement is a directive to the body and mind and although of the three methods it’s the one least prescribed, I have found it to be the most effective.
Truth statements are unique to each individual, because one person can say "I believe I am just as good as anyone else—no better, no worse," and believe that statement. For them, it's the truth. But if another person said it, they would be lying, and it would spike their stress.
There are principles where you can make as positive a statement you can and still be telling the truth of what you truly believe, for you. One such area is self-esteem. You might say, “I want to believe that I am as good as anyone else, no better and no worse.” Then, after saying that a while, you will come to both say it and believe it.
Low self-esteem responds extremely well to truth statements, so it’s a great area to begin integrating truth statements into our lives. And if we are confident in our daily lives it impacts not only ourselves, but the people we interact with. Self-confidence can be contagious!
Here are seven truth statements to combat low self-esteem that you can begin using immediately.
- I am a person of worth, even if I have done wrong (as everyone has).
- I am worthy of forgiveness, just as everyone is.
- I can change my life at any time, today, just has people have throughout history.
- IF I change my life, I can have a GREAT, HAPPY, life that is the perfect one for me.
- A great life will be living in the present moment in love, as best I can.
- If I have the great life, I will have no regrets, which means PEACE, no matter what my circumstances.
- If I have peace, I have very little stress - which means health and happiness to the maximum, for me.
Remember, every day is a brand new opportunity to live a joy-filled life. I pray that these truth statements begin transforming your life today.