Affirmations. I tend to roll my eyes a little bit when I hear that word. It evokes images of someone looking into a mirror and lying to themselves. Or… Gaston (am I right?!). But then I also think of this viral video of a little girl doing her morning affirmations and totally rocking it.
Every freaking book that I’ve read lately has suggested three things that I need to be doing:
- Get up early
- Five minutes of meditation/prayer
- Say Affirmations
Getting up early is hard enough, but when I say that doing my affirmations is harder – it is a significant struggle for me. Why is it so hard for me to look in the mirror and say out loud: “You are strong, beautiful, and successful. You were made to inspire other people. Your dreams are becoming a reality today.” Yeah. There’s no way in hell I’m saying that out loud. I feel like an idiot.
Okay… that’s a lie. Here’s the real reason I can’t say it out loud: I will cry.
I will cry because I know deep deep deep deep down that those things are the truth about me and that I have been given all the power that I need to become that version of myself. The tears are mixed desperation, desire and gratitude. And I just can’t start every day as a blubbering mess!
So I came up with a compromise until I can work up the courage to really say those things out loud. I created a playlist of music that I can listen to as I’m getting ready in the morning and when I’m in the car. I can sing if I feel like it. Or I can just absorb all the uplifting words into my heart and mind.
Here’s how you create an Affirmations playlist:
- First, every song should be written in the 1st person. (I, my, me) This is important because if you’re listening (or singing) and really internalizing the words of the song, it should be your anthem. You should be talking to yourself and also telling the universe who you are.
- Second, the songs need to be very very positive and uplifting. Songs of victory. Songs of joy, confidence and perseverance. You need to feel happy and empowered when you listen to them.
- Third, they should make you a little emotional. Pick songs that speak to you deeply. Pretty much every song on my playlist can make me cry if I let it. They are songs that hit real close to home and touch my true identity. Whenever I’m having a tough time struggling with anxiety, anger, frustration, despair – I turn this on and after a few songs I will feel so much better. (especially if I’m in the car and I can scream the words and cry without too many people noticing) 😀
- Finally, try to have 30-60 minutes worth of music in your playlist, and keep it on shuffle. You don’t want it to become too routine. And add and remove songs as needed! Mine is definitely still growing.
If you want to copy my playlist, go for it! Here it is:
- Good to be Alive (Hallelujah) – Andy Grammer
- Better when I’m Dancin’ – Meghan Trainor
- Fear – Ben Rector
- Make Something Beautiful – Ben Rector
- Get back up Again (From Trolls) – Anna Kendrick
- Wild Things – Alessia Cara
- Fight Song – Rachel Platten
- Try Everything (From Zootopia) – Shakira
- My Song – Alessia Cara
- BO$$ – Fifth Harmony
- Almost There (from The Princess and the Frog) – Anika Noni Rose