Remember that old SNL skit, “Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley“?
He was a “nice guy” who wanted nothing more than to be good enough, smart enough, and to have people like him.
The skit was Stuart Smalley (Al Franken) talking into the camera, repeating phrases to try to convince himself that he really was all these things.
And the fact is — it works.
Now, you’re not going to talk yourself into growing taller or learning to fly.
But you can talk yourself into a better mental state. You can overcome your own self-doubt.
You can choose the messages that you want to listen to —
are those messages going to be empowering messages of Hope and Growth and Accomplishments in 2019?
or are they going to be messages of Despair and Frustration?
Now, of course, telling yourself that you’ll do something isn’t the same as actually doing it.
Whatever it is… you still have to get to the work of doing it.
And once you start, the stars will align to help you accomplish your tasks.
Affirmations are training wheels.
Eventually you have to take them off and ride the bike. You’ll fall at first, but once you get the hang of riding, you’ll go faster than you ever could have imagined.
There is no specific reason for January 1st to be the start of any new endeavor.
But, because it’s an easy “anniversary” reminding us to look at our lives in the past and plan for our future, it’s as good a time as any to start affirming our skills and strengths.
You are capable of more than you know, *|FNAME|*. Until there’s a challenge in your life, you won’t push yourself.
Affirm that you can meet any challenge, that you can learn what you need to learn, that you can overcome obstacles only through effort and not avoidance.
(and consider cutting out the bad influences in your life — negative people, time sinks, unnecessary clutter)
2019 is going to be excellent. I’m happy to have you along.