The Power of Positive Affirmations

Mosadoluwa Obatusin always knew he wanted to be a leader within his community. Full of ambition, Obatusin joined multiple clubs as a freshman studying biomedical engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Balancing this with his 18 course credits was no easy feat. After his first two years of college studies, Obatusin felt more than overwhelmed.

“It was a time in my life where I hit rock bottom education-wise,” says Obatusin.

Obatusin’s grades were suffering; he’d stretched himself too thin. In need of a change from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Obatusin transferred to the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). This experience proved to be an invaluable teaching moment. Obatusin arrived at NYIT with a better understanding of what he needed to do differently.

This second time around, he knew not to take on too many responsibilities so that he could dedicate more time to studying.

“A few of my friends and I founded a chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers,” says Obatusin. “This is something I had known about and wanted to bring to this campus.”

As a campus leader, Obatusin was invited to attend an event featuring motivational speaker Steve Birdine. He was introduced to new techniques for building mental resilience and leadership streng

th. One of those techniques – practicing daily positive affirmations – really stuck with him.

“I was inspired after [the] speech, and Steve was kind enough to share his affirmations and other materials with me,” notes Obatusin.

Armed with new exercises, Obatusin began to incorporate positive self-talk into his daily routine. Obatusin created flashcards with daily affirmations for him to access throughout the day using his smartphone.

“I made it into a routine where I woke up every morning and would speak the words into the mirror and go about my day. I had less negative feelings and overall the process built my mental resilience,” says Obatusin.

He notes there is no set time frame for practicing affirmations and the amount depends on the individual.

“You reap more of the benefits if you start at a young age than if you started at a later stage, but if you don’t have a process where you constantly feed your mind positive thoughts, it’s hard to reap the benefits,” says Obatusin.

Since graduating from the NYIT, Obatusin continues to recite his favorite affirmations to himself when faced with challenging situations.

“I still say I’m doing the best with the circumstances I’m in and the resources available to me,” says Obatusin. “You can’t focus on everything that is going on around you.”

You can find Obatusin’s original affirmation notecards here.

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