Often, failure is all in your head. That’s why, when you’re starting to feel yourself falter, you need some affirmations to make improvements in your life. When it seems like you’ve hit a plateau here are a few phrases to tell yourself that will help improve your life, your mind, your career, or your health.
1. Right now, I’m going to…
We set ourselves up for failure by setting huge, swooping, ephemeral goals like “I’m finally going to kick this smoking habit!” That’s great, but how are you going to meet that goal? You need a plan, and a plan involves steps. So don’t worry right now about quitting smoking. Worry about what you’re going to do right now to help you quit. Right now you’re going to read an article about ways of coping with an addiction. These little steps will lead you to your big goal.
2. I can.
You have to set goals that can actually be achieved, and once you do, you have to remind yourself that you can achieve them. If you don’t believe in yourself, you create a self-fulfilling prophecy that will lead you to failure every time. Remember that you can, and you will.
3. I can’t.
Wait, what’s this? Didn’t you just say “I can”? Well, most things, yes. You can. But there are times when you’ll need help, and you need to learn to recognize them. Then you need to ask for help. If you think you might be addicted to food, drugs, gambling or alcohol, you will need support to succeed. Maybe you have emotional challenges that cannot be overcome without a good support network. Or perhaps life put too much on your plate and you are unable to handle the load. Realize when you need help, and ask for it.
4. Could I be Hiding From Improvement?
We like to make jokes about how we drink or eat our feelings, but addiction is no laughing matter. Addiction in any capacity often keeps us from growing in our character because it keeps us away from our pain. The first step in kicking any habit is admitting it’s a problem. Thinking deeply about whether you have a problem with an addiction can help you seek out the people who can help you. This may mean facing some unpleasant realities, but in the end it will help you beat the addiction.
5. What’s Next?
After you reach this goal, what comes next? You should have your eye on the prize, but don’t forget to set a goal after this goal. For example, after you run your 5K that you trained so hard for, you might feel a little lost. Think about your next goal, so you always have something to work toward.
What are some thoughts that drive your self-improvement? Share some experiences from your life where the decision to embrace some of this self-thought made a big difference.
Author Bio: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys empowering women with her writing, but enjoys writing in a variety of other niches. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and needs an alcohol or drug detox it is strongly recommendedthat you seek help from a professional institution immediately.