Hey there! This is Meghan and I’m excited to be one of the new interns at Open Our Eyes! This is just something that I’ve been thinking about this week and it’s given me a lot of encouragement, so I thought I’d share it with you!
The link above is to a video entitled “Jessica’s Daily Affirmation”…and it has stolen a piece of my heart. I’ve lived for many years as my own biggest critic. I have constantly battled with myself, my mind being filled with ways I could have improved, areas of my life I am not meeting my own personal (and often unrealistic) standards, and talking myself out of going for certain opportunities or reaching out to certain people. But what if I let all the expectations go and simply was okay with me—however I appeared to be? What if I took the perspective of this little girl and noticed the positive things in my life? Maybe then I would realize that our thoughts are probably the most powerful things we can ever possess, and our most important conversations are often the ones that we have with ourselves.
Self-talk has a tremendous impact on our attitude and our behavior. Negative self-talk produces bad attitudes, poor efforts, giving up. Positive self-talk leads to good attitudes, motivation, and perseverance. Life is a process, but for me, I certainly grow at a more steady pace when I am affirmed for the positive strides I have made, rather than the steps I have left to take. I encourage you to focus on your value as a human being this week; that there ARE some positive things to affirm about who you are. Focus on the things you do well, the things that are “life-giving.” Write out some of these things and begin to intentionally meditate and think on them (Ex. I am a person of value. I have something to offer. I am able to receive encouragement and support from others. There are good things planned for me in the day ahead. I am a good person and I like myself. I have power to control my thoughts and attitudes today. etc).
If you are a person of the Christian faith, feel free to use Scripture to affirm your identity in Christ (Ex. I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation. (Romans 8:1-2; Ephesians 1:7-89; 1 John 1:9) I am fully resourced to do everything God has called me to do (Deuteronomy 8:18; Luke 6:38; Philippians 4:13) I have the wisdom of the Lord concerning every decision I make (2 Chronicles 1:7-12; Proverbs 2:6; Ecclesiastes 2:26; James 1:5) ) Do whatever works for you. I have a few of these “affirmation statements” written out on a notecard, and I read them outloud every day. I’ve heard that if you say something enough, you’ll come to believe in its’ truth. Let’s give it a try this week.
Be nice to yourself; YOU DESERVE IT! 🙂 — Meghan