Last week, I talked about 3 ways to start tackling insecurity. These ways are continuing to work for me, and all of them have to do with mindset shifts.
One of those shifts is speaking affirmations instead of giving in to lies. Honestly, it STILL feels a little dorky to say things to myself like, “you can do this” or “you look beautiful”.
But you know what I say to myself all the time? “You’re a failure.” “You sound stupid.” “You can’t keep up.” “You look terrible.”
So, a) I’m still talking to myself either way. And b) if I’m going to make judgments and form opinions of myself, why shouldn’t they be positive ones instead of negative? Why can’t they reflect my overall opinion of myself instead of how I feel in the moment? (Sometimes how I feel in the moment is how I feel overall, but regardless.)
The Bible says it this way first: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV) Also – “…we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV) and “do not worry” (Matthew 6:25-34 NIV). All these scriptures suggest that we can choose how and what we think.
Scientific research also backs up the power of the mind. Like this article from Harvard Health, which talks about the placebo effect, and how much it can improve physical conditions. Also, we can actually change the wiring that affects our perspective. Finally, we can choose to think differently about ourselves, which leads to a change in behavior and actions.
Here are some self-affirmations that maybe you can consider in your own life:
How would contemplating these affirmations change your beliefs, behavior, and actions?
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