December 20, 2021

I believe in the power of affirmations.

That is an affirmation. But it’s also a fact. In a world that continues turning upside down and sideways, we need to look for the little things that will continue to get us through each day.

We have all heard the usual ones:

  • I am strong.
  • I am confident.
  • I can do this.
  • I am ready for anything.

Simple affirmations like this are helpful, but they can also be generic.

  • How are you strong?
  • What are you confident about?
  • What can you do?
  • What does “anything” include?

To me, the small daily affirmations that make a big difference in your life are the ones that cause you to think and do some self-evaluation.

When you can dig down and find something personal to attach to the information, I think they become much more powerful. Those are the ones that will make a big difference.

Here are a few that I have adapted.

Old: I am confident.

New: I am confident in my ability to _____.

Taking a moment to define your ability and why you are confident in it can give you an extra boost of positivity. It doesn’t even have to be specific to the task at hand. Any time you recognize what you are good at, you affirm your self-worth.

Old: I am talented.

New: I can share my talents by _______.

One of the best ways to feel good about what you do is by doing good for others. Honestly, talent is wasted if it is not shared with people. A singer can have a great voice, but what if nobody hears it? An author can write a terrific book but may lack the confidence to publish it.

Talent doesn’t have to manifest itself in those “usual” ways either. Maybe your talent is for listening to other people. Or perhaps you have a knack for understanding complicated situations and explaining them more simply. Identify your talent, but also figure out how you can share it.

Old: I own my emotions.

New: I channel my emotions to _______.

This one is a little tricky, but that can’t all be super-easy, right? People often look at being emotional as weak or unpredictable – and frankly, that can be the case. But if you can identify how you can channel your emotions into something better or in a positive manner, you take control.

Old: I am proud.

New: I feel proud when I ______.

Everybody has heard the saying, “Pride goeth before a fall.” And pride for the sake of being proud can come across as arrogance. But being proud of something you have achieved or accomplished is a different story.

Identifying when and why you feel proud allows you to pat yourself on the back (that’s okay to do every so often, especially if nobody else will). It also allows you to evaluate the positives that led you to be proud.

It’s like a bunch of little affirmations rolled into a bigger one!

Those are just four that you can personalize for a better sense of self-awareness. But there are others where you don’t have to fill in the blanks (but you can if you want to).

I trust myself.

Your intuition is one of the most vital parts of your character. Sadly, many people ignore this and instead get caught up in the noise that constantly surrounds them. Learning to listen to that little voice in your head is a confidence booster, especially when your intuition turns out to be proven correct later.

You can “personalize” this by adding specifics. I trust myself to make the best decisions for my kids. I trust myself to understand the repercussions of my actions. I trust myself to listen to all points of view and determine the right path.

I am constantly learning.

Young woman sitting at kitchen table with cup of coffee and writing affirmations in textbook

It doesn’t matter if it is business-oriented, helping your kids with their schoolwork, or making personal choices. Knowing that you don’t know everything and are in a constant state of learning keeps you grounded.

It also keeps you from being blindsided by new information. If you repeat the affirmation that there is more to learn, every incident or occurrence can be a teaching and learning situation.

I make a difference.

This is one of my favorites. Each person is unique, and people should cherish individuality. You can add how or why you make a difference if you want to.

But you make a difference in the world just by being in it.

That’s the most powerful affirmation of all.

If you want to chat with me about how I can help you bring positivity and optimism into your daily life, Let’s Chat!

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