If you’re ready for something a little deeper. Try thinking of characteristics that affirm a skill or talent you have. For example, “I am capable of this task/job because I am focused and driven.”
Taking it another step further, we could target our deepest thoughts or fears. Imagine how powerful it could be to repeat the words, “ I am enough” to ourselves on a regular basis and actually believe it.
The practice of building self-confidence through words of affirmation is not a novel concept. This is something that has been done for ages, written in loads of self-help books. But, how many people do you know that actually follow through? When was the last time someone told you to just say nice things about yourself?
As children, it might be common for a parent, teacher, or mentor to encourage kind words to self, but that fades over time and we tend to focus on ways to make our inward selves match the outward perceptions of reality. This is often based on how we see the world or what we choose to influence us. This type of thought can be exhausting and incredibly limiting.
The challenge today is to get back to our roots. To share kind words with ourselves, just as we so often encourage kids (and others) to do.
Words we speak over ourselves matter. These words affect us. They influence our ideas and opinions of ourselves. Let’s choose these words carefully. Let’s choose words that impact us in ways that motivate us and lift us up. Words that build strength.
So, if you’re ready, let’s put that notecard and sticky note to good use. No matter which stage of affirmations you’re in, think about some of your qualities that you like about yourself. Choose one or two that resonate with you. Write them down. Put the sticky note somewhere you can see it clearly (mirror, dashboard, laptop screen, etc.). The notecard can go anywhere (as a bookmark, wallet, nightstand, etc.).
Repeat these incredible words to yourself on the daily. Even multiple times a day. Over and over and over again until you start to believe them. Until they become a part of you.