Resolutions are very common at the beginning of a new year. Resolution in this context is defined as ” a firm decision to do or not do something.”* Therefore a resolution is like a pledge or a promise. An affirmation is “action or process of affirming something or being affirmed or to positively state to be true.”** An affirmation is an active process to attest to the validity of something or strengthen its validity with new evidence or facts. Where a resolution has me thinking about the past and the future, an affirmation keeps me centered in the now, the moment where actual choice is possible. For me the whole resolution/promise to self scenario seems like a set-up for failure; where the affirmation is a more a fluid process with the possibility of good and bad moments and the ability to get back on track when you get off. I find it is easier way to follow through and make my goals reality. I am a fan of affirmations. My husband and I even wrote our wedding vows in affirmation form. When you write an affirmation you write it in the present tense like it is already happening. Today’s affirmation for me for the #21daysofsquats #laurenbrooksfitness is ” I am doing 30 goblet squats with a 20 pound kettlebell.” Play with the idea of affirmations and see if they might work for you.
* dictionary.com www. **merriam-webster.com/dictionary