Have you seen that YouTube video of the little girl standing on the bathroom countertop and talking to herself in the mirror? She dances and punches the air as she tells herself what she loves about her life. She essentially gives herself a pep talk to take on the day! After watching it I couldn’t help but think about how we all need more of these daily reminders and motivational pep talks! It reminded me of the caretaker from The Help who tells the little girl she nannies for every day, “You is smart, you is kind, you is important.” We work hard to affirm children, but you know what! As adults we need these affirmations too! There is too much hate and negativity in this world and it can be easy to believe the lies people say. We need reminders of truths about who we are and who we are working to become (read more about Who You Are in this post).
Did you know that by choosing to focus on new thoughts, you can actually rewire your brain? According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “ As we think, we change the physical nature of our brain. As we consciously direct our thinking, we can wire out toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts,” (Switch On Your Brain, Leaf). Training your mind to think differently takes discipline, but is extremely doable. It is also Biblical: “ Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his pleasing and perfect will,” (Romans 12:2).
We must take charge of our thoughts and renew our minds DAILY! Here are three affirmations to tell yourself everyday to begin rewiring your brain:
I am loved
Did that make you cringe or roll your eyes when you read it? Well guess what, that means you need to say it and believe it even more than the average person. To believe it, try picturing someone you know that loves you and how they make you feel. This is a truth straight from the word of God: You were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and are loved beyond all measure (Ephesians 3:19) just the way you are (Romans 5:8) and nothing can take that love away (Romans 8:35). Say it. Repeat it. Believe it.
I am capable.
Don’t let anyone, including yourself, tell you you can’t. Some things take more work than others. Some take time, but know this truth: “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13)
I am intelligent.
Speaking as someone who has taught Middle School Special Education for five years, I can tell you with confidence that there is no such thing as “stupid.” Each of us has innate intelligence, and the more confident we are of that, the more that intelligence grows. No matter what your education, or who tells you otherwise you are intelligent (Acts 4:13 and Proverbs 9:10). Trust it. Know it. Walk in it.
Start with these three daily affirmations and begin asking God what else you need to say to yourself daily. Journal about it. Reflect on it. Talk to others about it. Believing in yourself is a key aspect to creating a life you love.
I am always here to help you process and brainstorm. If this is an area you’d like support in, let’s set up a call.
Peace, love and affirmations,