Self affirmation can help stop the viscous circle of self destruction. It takes practice and determination. It does not occur overnight, or even in a week. Self affirmation does work, however, if you are diligent!
Self affirmation is you telling yourself positive things about yourself, making sure that you impart the same caring for yourself that you would provide for another.
Repeat affirmations to yourself each and every day, and each and every time your “dragon” attacks you with a negative thought. If you make this a constant habit, you will not only be able to battle the “dragon”…you will begin living the words you are telling yourself and truly believing in yourself!
Here’s a few examples of daily affirmations that you can start with.
I love unconditionally, as well as myself. (This one especially good for those “bad hair” days, or when our dragon is tearing us down for our appearance.)
I look for the unique gifts in people, as well as myself. (This one is good for those “should haves” and “should not haves”)
I am worthy of respect, as well as from myself. (We would never say the same things to others that we “tell” ourselves, it’s time to break this cycle!)
I am kind to people, as well as myself. (This goes hand in hand with the respect issue)
I am forgiving, as well as to myself. (How often do we relentlessly beat ourselves up for a mistake?)
I appreciate what I DO have, so I don’t need to waste time being upset over what I don’t have. (Practice writing down at least 5 things you are grateful for. 5 too many? Make it 3)
When you practice affirmations daily, you will be able to add more of your own, ones that fit your personality and situation better.
When the “dragon” rears it’s ugly head upon you, remember to go back to the first affirmation…I love unconditionally, as well as myself. Repeat this over and over, the “dragon” will not give up so easily…neither “should” you!!!