Do you remember the Frank Sinatra song “It had to be you”? “With all your faults I love you still. It had to be you, wonderful you. It had to be you!”
That’s the song that was running through my head this morning as I was preparing to write this post. When we love someone we overlook their faults. We love them for the whole person they are. So why don’t we do that for ourselves? A few weeks ago I wrote a post about silencing your inner voice, the one that tells you “you’re not good enough”. Here we are again and I’m sharing some affirmations to help you in your journey of self-acceptance.
Just to be clear. Self-acceptance is NOT self-esteem. Self-esteem is feeling good about yourself through accomplishments and achievements. Self-acceptance is about loving yourself with all your faults, mistakes and failures. It is not dependent on finding your dream job or landing that promotion, it IS loving yourself despite what may be going on the outside. In that way, it can be a powerful tool in finding your joy.
WHAT ARE AFFIRMATIONS?
They are short powerful, positive statements.
WHAT DO AFFIRMATIONS DO?
Affirmations train your thoughts. Remember that voice that keeps playing in your head telling you you’re not good enough? We want to create a new synapse if you will, to bypass that train of thought and create a new one. You know the phrase “You are what you think”? It’s true!! Many people compare affirmations to water dropping on a rock. A couple of drops will not change the rock however, if the drops fall continuously over a period of time, the rock will be worn out. In order to change your thought patterns you must be diligent and continuous with your affirmations. It takes time to change your thought patterns. That being said, there is no time like the present to start accepting “You, Wonderful You!”
There you go! There are 7 affirmations to create new, positive thoughts about yourself. Remember those pesky thoughts don’t go away after one day of saying these affirmations. Which one speaks to you the most? Start with that one. Say it to yourself when you get up, when you look in the mirror, when you are heading to work, when you feel discouraged. Then a few days later, add another one–now you are saying two. Day by day you are that drop of water that is wearing down the old thought pattern and creating a new one. You may forget at first and that’s okay–just get right back into it when you remember. You are WORTH IT!