Cultivating the Positive Mindset: Using Your Best-Self Flow Affirmation

We all have a “best or Flow self”.  That is the side of us that comes alive when we are in the Flow, doing what we do best, feeling confident and joyful and successful.  You can discover what your best Flow self is by following this simple process.

The great thing about this Flow Affirmation is that is draws on actual experience.  Having the affirmation is the reminder of who you are at your best.  This affirmation can be a powerful way for you to make choices to live that best, Flow self.  And by doing so, you are incorporating Flow into your life and cultivating a more positive, success-oriented mindset!

What are some ways to do this?

First, remember what you are like at your best and use your positive affirmation to inspire you in your work, such as in a performance, as a powerful reminder of what you are like when you are in the flow.  You can also select one word from your Flow Affirmation each day and make it a goal to be that person.  

Second, be aware of the times that you are not at your best.  What message are you giving yourself?  This is the time to answer with your affirmation, the reminder of what you are like when you are at Flow so that you can inspire yourself to take more positive actions and be your Flow self.

Moreover, when you are not at your best, ask yourself what it would take to be your best.  You can make it a goal to improve this area and then figure out the strategies for achieving that goal. 

Be sure to document your successes.  Keep a journal of the times that you feel great about what you have accomplished.  What did it take for you to achieve that result?  Remember that the next time you are stuck!

Furthermore, your affirmation is the starting point for creating a brand that reflects you at your best and tells others the most unique and the most memorable things about you.

In addition, your affirmation can inspire you to network effortlessly and effectively so that you are sharing the best of yourself with others and remaining confident while you connect with and learn from others.

Taking charge means that you are making a choice to be positive and powerful.  It also means that you see your options around how to make that choice a reality.  In fact, understanding that you have options is another aspect of feeling positive and feeling that you can take charge.

In short, the choice to be your best, Flow self can help you to be confident, as well inspire you to continue working towards achieving your career vision.  This spirit of confidence is an integral part of the entrepreneurial mindset, which then can serve as a motivation to seek out opportunities and take actions towards big, inspiring goals.

© Astrid Baumgardner 2014

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Astrid Baumgardner, JD, PCC is a professional life coach and lawyer, Coordinator of Career Strategies and Lecturer at the Yale School of Music and the founder and President of Astrid Baumgardner Coaching + Training, which is dedicated to helping musicians, lawyers and creative professionals take charge of their lives and experience authentic success.  In addition to her work at YSM and her individual coaching practice, Astrid presents workshops at leading conservatories and law firms on topics including Career Planning, Goal-Setting, Time Management, Dynamic Communication, Conflict Management and  Personal Branding and Networking.  She is the author of numerous articles on the various aspects of how to achieve and live authentic success.