We are much too quick to notice our faults and too slow to give ourselves credit for, and acknowledge, our strengths. By doing so we begin convincing ourselves we are not worthy of the time and effort it takes to make the new habits and attitudes a permanent part of our lives. Now is the time to reverse this and start growing and loving yourself as you should. It will take daily practice. This is because of our tendency to have made negativism a habit. Begin making your strengths what you always notice about yourself. Doing so will help you believe you are worthy of continuing working toward the new habit and attitude goals you have set for yourself.
Complete the exercise shown below.
Write down at least seven things that are good about you.
For the next seven days, follow the instructions for the following section of the exercise. Then continue doing it on your own. It will help you get in the habit of noticing your attributes and can lead you to feeling better about yourself.
This is a positive statement about myself:
This is where I will post it so I will see it several times each day:
This is my initial reaction to the positive statement:
This is my assertive response that will help me feel better about myself:
Then, take the next step:
Start reversing your negative self-concept by practicing a principle used in advertising and propaganda campaigns. Repetition.
Repetition of a message drives it home unconsciously so it becomes a subjective truth of your belief system. To reverse negative self-statements, repeat and rehearse the opposites of your negative sentences. Reverse at least twelve negative statements.
Practice these positive alternatives as often as possible. Repetition builds strength!
Copyright 2011 Lynn Borenius Brown