Don’t look in the mirror, we are our own worst critic. Look at someone else’s favorite photograph of you. They love it because it captures more than your looks, it captures you. Whether it’s a picture of you being silly or serious, smiling or making a face; it shows something beyond your looks. It shows something your friend sees in you that they like, something beautiful.
Back when you were heading off to your first day of school and your mother said “You’re going to love it”. That was an affirmation and coming from your mother, it had strength that helped you cope with the fear of a new experience. We all have periods of self-doubt, waning confidence. Remember stepping up to a podium to make your first ever speech in high school. When faced with a similar situation again, pause and repeat “I will be great”. It may not make you into a great orator, but if repeated again and again, you will feel and do much better.
Affirmations have strength. They remind us of our potential and help us find courage when needed. Self-affirmation means finding those affirmations that help us to be what we want, not what others may see us as.
Find your affirmations, the ones that speak to your doubts and give you strength. Write them on your mirror and repeat it to yourself every time you see it.