30 Daily Positive Affirmations to Boost Your Motivation

The power of the mind is becoming increasingly more apparent. That’s why you’re seeing all this focus on activities such as mindset development, meditation, and mindfulness.

Our mindset forms the foundation and plays a big role in our overall success and happiness. That’s why it’s so important for us to find ways to improve our mindset. Failing to do so puts you at a significant disadvantage as you will allow your mindset to hold you back.

Benefits of Daily Positive Affirmations

This is why many people have begun adopting the practice of performing daily affirmations. Research shows that these daily positive affirmations can increase our mindset, improve our motivations, and increase our feelings of self-worth.

Thus, we will talk about affirmations and how to use them. I’ll also give you a list of daily affirmations that will help you maintain your motivation through challenging times.

Using Daily Affirmations Properly

Essentially, daily positive affirmations serve as positive reminders or statements that you can use to encourage and motivate yourself or others.

However, you need to use these properly. Many people use positive affirmations to convince themselves of something they perhaps don’t believe about themselves yet.

For example, telling yourself “I’m financially abundant” or “I’m well-liked by everyone around me” when you feel broke or unloved isn’t necessarily going to make you attract more money, nor is it going to make the people around you like you more.

Research shows that people who say positive self-statements like “I’m a lovable person” when they don’t believe it can make them feel worse.

This is why it’s much more effective to utilize these daily positive affirmations to remind yourself of the values and interests that constitute your true or core self. It allows you to outline the things that you would consider to be your core values. It’s taking stock of who you are and what you care about.

Using daily affirmations in this way forces you to think positively about the important things in your life.

This means that rather than trying to convince yourself that you’re something that you don’t really believe you are, you instead think positively about the important things in your life.

It forces you to reflect on things that you know and believe are good about yourself and your life. This will help you slowly build towards where you want those affirmations to take you.

Different Ways to Implement Daily Affirmations

You can implement these daily affirmations in a variety of different ways to improve your daily motivation. Some people simply stand in front of a mirror to themselves every morning or evening. Others like to write them on sticky notes and put them up in places they can regularly be visualized, such as the bathroom mirror.

Some people like to journal about these affirmations and go into a slightly deeper reflection. Some people even like to repeat these affirmations over and over again during phases of meditation.

The method you choose doesn’t matter. What matters much more is that the method resonates with you.

For example, if you already meditate, maybe pulling these affirmations is the option for you. If you like to write and reflect, then consider doing some journaling.

Likewise, the list I’ve outlined above is by nowhere near exhaustive. There are millions of affirmations you could come up with. Again, the important thing is to find affirmations that resonate with you.

Start by choosing a few from the list that I created for you. Pick the ones that resonate with you. From there, decide what method you will use to reflect on these affirmations, write them down, or recite them in your head, and make sure you commit to it. Try to make it a regular part of your daily routine.

Choose the Ones That Speak to You

You don’t need to say the same list of affirmations every day or even any of the same ones day after day. Just choose the ones that speak to you.

For example, I don’t personally like using affirmations with the words ‘abundance’ or ‘manifest’ in them. This is just a personal choice. There’s nothing wrong with them, but they are just too woo-woo for me.

Influencers toss around these terms despite having no purpose or meaning other than to motivate their audience to take action. This gives their audience the false idea that there is a reward at the end of the tunnel if they put in the work, but that’s not always the case.

I much prefer terms like ‘capability’ and ‘confidence’ because they remind me that I can make certain changes in my life if I wish to do so.

30 Daily Positive Affirmations to Improve Motivation

  1. I trust myself to make the right decision. I have the tools and abilities that I need to do so.
  2. I am becoming closer to my true self every day. Every challenge, loss, and success brings me closer to that goal.
  3. I am learning valuable lessons from myself every day, and I will continue to keep trying to learn from myself.
  4. I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
  5. Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy. These are emotions I can use to motivate myself throughout the day.
  6. My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil. This shall provide me with the alignment I need to conquer the tasks ahead of me today.
  7. I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.
  8. I have been given endless talents, which I begin to utilize today, and I have the confidence to do so.
  9. I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
  10. I allow myself to be who I am without judgment because that is what is going to allow me to be happiest in my life.
  11. I listen to my intuition and trust my inner guide because that is going to take me closer to what makes me truly happy.
  12. My drive and ambition allow me to achieve my goals because I have a fire inside of me pushing me forward.
  13. I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful, and I have the confidence to apply those skills in ways that will enable my success.
  14. Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.
  15. My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.
  16. I am courageous, and I stand up for myself and for others who may need my help in doing so because it is the right thing to do.
  17. I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind that gives me the ability to make good decisions throughout my day
  18. I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.
  19. I permit myself to do what is right for me because that is how I allow myself to be the most authentic.
  20. I give myself space to grow and learn because I understand that there is always room for growth in our lives.
  21. I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.
  22. I acknowledge my self-worth and am willing to improve it in areas that I consider are weaknesses right now.
  23. Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life. Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.
  24. My efforts are being supported by those around me who also want to see me succeed and do amazing things.
  25. My obstacles are moving out of my way; my path is carved towards greatness. I just need to continue walking that path.
  26. I am creatively inspired by the world around me, and I can use that inspiration to achieve amazing things in my life.
  27. My mind is full of brilliant ideas that I can use to benefit myself and others.
  28. I put my energy into things that matter to me because that is what brings me the most happiness in my life.
  29. I am at peace with who I am as a person because I understand what is important to me and what is not and live by my values.
  30. I make a difference in the world by simply existing in it and trying to make it a better place in whatever ways I can.

Final Thoughts

That is all we have on affirmations for now. I hope you enjoyed the article and now have a greater understanding of how these daily affirmations can influence our minds in powerful ways and, in turn, impact our future success and happiness.

Now that you understand what an affirmation is and how to properly use it in your life, take some time to create a few positive daily affirmations for yourself.

Practice this crucial skill because it can help you in many ways throughout your life.

More Positive Affirmations

Motivation is one of the main reasons we do things — take an action, go to work (and sometimes overwork ourselves), create goals, exercise our willpower. There are two main, universally agreed upon types of motivation — intrinsic motivation (also known as internal motivation) and extrinsic motivation (external motivation).

The intrinsic kind is, by inference, when you do something because it’s internally fulfilling, interesting or enjoyable — without an expectation of a reward or recognition from others. Extrinsic motivation is driven by exactly the opposite — externalities, such as the promise of more money, a good grade, positive feedback, or a promotion.

And of course, we all know about the big debate about money. It’s surely an external driver, but is it possible that it can sometimes make us enjoy what we do more? A meta-analysis that reviewed 120 years of research found a weak link between job satisfaction and money.

And what’s more — there is some evidence to suggest that more money can actually have an adverse effect on your intrinsic motivation.

Regardless of its type, motivation is still important to get you moving, to improve, excel, and put that extra effort when you feel like you don’t have a single drop of energy left to keep going.

So, let’s see some of the best things you can do to keep the fire going, even when you’d rather just indulge in pleasant idleness.

Why Intrinsic Motivation Tops Extrinsic Motivation

“To be motivated means to be moved to do something.”

Generally speaking, we all need motivation.

An avalanche of research, though, shows that when it comes to finding the lasting drive to “do something,” internal incentives are much more powerful than extrinsic rewards.

Why? It’s simple.

There is a great difference when you engage in something because “I want to,” as opposed to “I must.” Just think about the most obvious example there is: work.

If you go to work every day, dragging your feet and dreading the day ahead of you, how much enjoyment will you get from your job? What about productivity and results? Quality of work?

Yep, that’s right, you definitely won’t be topping the Employee of the Month list anytime soon.

The thing with external motivation is that it doesn’t last. It’s susceptible to something psychologists call Hedonic Adaptation. It’s a fancy way of saying that external rewards are not a sustainable source of happiness and satisfaction.

When you put in 100-hour weeks in order to get promoted, and you finally are, how long does your “high” last? The walking-on-a-cloud feelings wear off quickly, research tells us, making you want more. Therefore, you are stuck on a never-ending “hedonic treadmill,” i.e. you can progressively only become motivated by bigger and shinier things, just to find out that they don’t bring you the satisfaction you hoped for, when you finally get them.

Or, as the journalist and author Oliver Burkeman wonderfully puts it:

“Write every day” won’t work unless you want to write. And no exercise regime will last long if you don’t at least slightly enjoy what you’re doing.

If you want to find out more about the different types of motivation, take a look at this article: 9 Types of Motivation That Make It Possible to Reach Your Dreams

Benefits of Intrinsic Motivation

If you are still unconvinced that doing things solely for kudos and brownie points is not going to keep you going forever, nor make you like what you do, here is some additional proof:

Studies tell us that intrinsic motivation is a generally stronger predictor of job performance over the long run than extrinsic motivation.

One reason is that when we are internally driven to do something, we do it simply for the enjoyment of the activity. So, we keep going, day in and out, because we feel inspired, driven, happy, and satisfied with ourselves.

Another reason has to do with the fact that increasing intrinsic motivation is intertwined with things such as higher purpose, contributing to a cause, or doing things for the sake of something bigger than ourselves or our own benefit. A famous study done by the organizational psychologist Adam Grant is case in point.

By showing university fundraisers how the money donated by alumni can help financially struggling students to graduate from college, their productivity increased by 400% a week! The callers also showed an average increase of 142% in time spent on the phone and 171% increase in money raised.

Internal motivation has been found to be very helpful when it comes to academia, too. Research confirms that the use of external motivators, such as praise, undermine students’ internal motivation, and, in the long-run, it results in “slower acquisition of skills and more errors in the learning process.”

In contrast, when children are internally driven, they are more involved in the task at hand, enjoy it more, and intentionally seek out challenges.

Therefore, all the research seems to allude to one major revelation: intrinsic motivation is a must-have if you want to save yourself the drudgery we all sometimes feel when contemplating the things we should do or must do.

6 Ways to Enhance Your Intrinsic Motivation

So, how does one get more of the good stuff — that is, how do you become internally motivated?

There are many things you can do to become more driven. Here are the ones that top the list.

1. Self-Efficacy

The theory of self-efficacy was developed by the American-Canadian psychologist Albert Bandura in 1982. Efficacy is our own belief in whether we can achieve the goals we set for ourselves. In other words, it’s whether we think we “got what it takes” to be successful at what we do.

Find intrinsic motivation with self-efficacy.

It’s not hard to see the link of self-efficacy to higher self-esteem, better performance, and, of course, enhanced motivation. People with high self-efficacy are more likely to put extra effort in what they do, to self-set more challenging goals, and be more driven to improve their skills.

Therefore, the belief that we can accomplish something serves as a self-fulfilling prophecy — it motivates us to try harder to prove to ourselves that we can do it.

You can learn more about self-efficacy in this article: What Is Self Efficacy and How to Improve Yours

2. Link Your Actions to a Greater Purpose

Finding your “why” in life is incredibly important. This means that you need to be clear with yourself on why you do what you do and what drives you. What is intrinsically rewarding for you? 

And no matter how mundane a task may be, it can always be linked to something bigger and better. Psychologists call this “reframing your narrative.”

Remember the famous story of John F. Kennedy visiting NASA in 1961? As it goes, he met a janitor there and asked him what he did at NASA. The answer was:

“I’m helping to put a man on the Moon.”

Inspirational, isn’t it?

Re-phrasing how your actions can help others and leave a mark in the universe can be a powerful driver and a meaning-creator.

3. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the world. It can also help boost your internal motivation by making you feel important in supporting the less fortunate, learning new skills, feeling good about yourself, or linking to some of your inner values, such as kindness and humanitarianism.

When you remove any external reward expectations and do something for the pure joy and fulfilment of improving others’ lives, then you are truly intrinsically motivated.

4. Don’t Wait Until You “Feel Like It” to Do Something

A great piece in the Harvard Business Review points out that when we say things as “I can’t make myself go to the gym” or “I can’t get up early,” what we actually mean is that we don’t feel like it. There is nothing that psychically prevents us from doing those things, apart from our laziness.

But here’s the thing: You don’t have to “feel like it” in order to take action.

Sometimes, it so happens that you may not want to do something in the beginning, but once you start, you get into the flow and find your intrinsic motivation.

For instance, you don’t feel like going to the gym after a long day at work. Rather than debating in your head for hours “for and against” it, just go. Tell yourself that you will think about it later. Once in the gym, surrounded by similar souls, you suddenly won’t fee that tired or uninspired.

Another way to overcome procrastination is to create routines and follow them. Once the habit sets in, suddenly getting up at 6 am for work or writing for an hour every day won’t be so dreadful.

5. Self-Determination, or the CAR Model (As I Call It)

The Self-Determination theory was created by two professors of psychology from the University of Rochester in the mid-80s—Richard Ryan and Edward Deci. The theory is one of the most popular ones in the field of motivation. It focuses on the different drivers behind our behavior—i.e. the intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.

There are three main needs, the theory further states, that can help us meet our need for growth. These are also the things which Profs. Deci and Ryan believed to be the main ways to enhance our intrinsic motivation—Competence, Autonomy, and Relatedness (CAR).

If our jobs allow us to learn and grow, and if we have enough autonomy to do things our way and be creative, then we will be more driven to give our best, and our performance will soar. In addition, as humans are social beings, we also need to feel connected to others and respected.

All of these sources of intrinsic motivation, separately and in combination, can become powerful instigators to keep us thriving, even when we feel uninspired and unmotivated .

6. Tap Into a Deeper Reason

Some interesting research done in 2016 sought answers to how high-performing employees remain driven when their company can’t or won’t engage in ways to motivate them—intrinsically or extrinsically.

The study tracked workers in a Mexican factory, where they did exactly the same tasks every day, with virtually zero chances for learning new skills, developing professionally, or being promoted. Everyone was paid the same, regardless of performance. So there was no extrinsic motivation at all, other than keeping one’s job.

A third kind of motivation was then discovered, which scientists called “family motivation.” Workers who agreed more with statements such as “I care about supporting my family” or “It is important for me to do good for my family” were more energized and performed better, although they didn’t have any additional external or internal incentive to do so.

The great thing about this kind of driver is that it’s independent of the company one works for or the situation. It taps into something even deeper—if you don’t want to do something for your own sake, then do it for the people you care for.

And this is a powerful motive, as many can probably attest to this.

Final Thoughts

Frederick Herzberg, the American psychologist who developed what’s perhaps still today the most famous theory of motivation, in his renowned article from 1968 (which sold a modest 1.2 million reprints and it the most requested article from Harvard Business Review One More Time, How Do You Motivate Employees? wrote:

“If I kick my dog, he will move. And when I want him to move again, what must I do? I must kick him again. Similarly, I can charge a person’s battery, and then recharge it, and recharge it again. But it is only when one has a generator of one’s own that we can talk about motivation. One then needs no outside stimulation. One wants to do it.”

Herzberg further explains that the so-called “hygiene factors” (salary, job security, benefits, vacation time, work conditions) don’t lead to fulfillment, nor motivation. What does, though, are the “motivators”—challenging work, opportunities for growth, achievement, greater responsibility, recognition, the work itself.

Herzberg realized it long ago…intrinsic motivation tips the scales when it comes to finding long-term happiness and satisfaction in everything we do, and to improving our overall well-being.

In the end, the next time when you need to give yourself a bit of a kick to get something done, remember to link it to a goal bigger than yourself, and preferably one that has non-material benefit.

And no, don’t say that you tried but it’s just impossible to find internal motivation. Remember the janitor at NASA?

Because once you find your internal generator, you will be truly unstoppable.

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