It’s easy to feel silly when you’re doing self-affirmations. I sometimes laugh when I try, thinking of Stuart Smalley from that old SNL sketch.
But (as usual), my heroes RuPaul and Richard Simmons are absolutely right.
Confidence, self-respect and love of self are crucial to any kind of meaningful success. You have to know that you are worthy of your own hard work, and that you deserve happiness, achievement and triumph. The really cool thing is… you are and you do! Just by virtue of your humanity, you are a unique individual who is loved and deserving of good things.
This is something I struggle with. Like most people these days, I have insecurities and anxieties that seem insurmountable at times. So I try to battle that negative inner voice with positive self-talk. I’ve found the trick is to back each generality up with a specific piece of evidence. Some days it may be difficult to convince yourself that “I’m awesome!” but you can’t really argue with “I finished a marathon!”
Here are a few of my fitness-related affirmations (I also talk to myself about being a good person/friend/family member, but only my poor husband and therapist should have to hear about that):
- I am strong and resilient: I have lost 45 pounds and stuck with my weight loss plan for 27 weeks without giving up, even though there have been setbacks and failures.
- I am enthusiastic and don’t hold myself back: Warrior Dash. No pants. I rest my case.
- I am not afraid of hard work: I try to get some kind of exercise every single day. My trainer told me that he loves my work ethic, and that I am an athlete.
I encourage you to come up with your own; I guarantee they’ll help you along your way. And I love hearing the affirmations of others, if you would care to share!