Let’s talk daily mantras. Words are powerful. If you tell someone they’re a great leader, it’s likely they’ll become more confident in their ability to direct others. If you tell someone they’re doing a terrible job, they’ll probably become negative about their performance. As much as we like to say that others’ opinions don’t affect us, the truth is that they do. A lot.
The same is true when it comes to our opinions of ourselves. Negative self-talk can convince us that we’re not good enough, and that we’ll never improve.
So, let’s break the habit and start speaking to ourselves with more positivity! Here are five positive things to tell yourself each day that will help you counter negative situations with positive self-talk.
When you’re overwhelmed: “I am in control of how I feel.”
There are certain things you can’t control no matter how hard you try, like other people’s attitudes, the future, and the weather, just to name a few. But the good news is that whether a situation ends up badly or not, you are always in control of how you respond. And there’s a kind of power that comes with knowing that no matter what’s going on around you, nothing can shake your inner peace.
When you face challenges: “I choose to see obstacles as opportunities.”
We all face challenges sometimes—that’s life. But the difference between overcoming challenges and letting them defeat you often lies within your mindset. When you choose positivity, you learn that roadblocks don’t signify the end. For example, if you get let go when your company is downsizing, maybe this is your sign to reassess your passions and priorities. Obstacles are often there to give you an opportunity to redirect your path in a different direction … take advantage of them.
So remind yourself with this daily mantra that you’re always growing.
When you feel nervous: “I will focus on what could go right.”
Our brains are wired to focus on the negative (thanks, negativity bias). So, when you have a big event coming up like a presentation o, it would make sense that your thoughts automatically jump to the worst-case scenario (e.g., you forget your notes and trip over your shoelaces). But, more than likely, everyone in the room is cheering for you! They’re going to love your presentation and new ideas. By repeating this mantra and thinking about the ways things could go right, you’re setting yourself up to succeed.
When you feel inferior: “I am enough.”
Even if you try your hardest not to, we all compare ourselves to others from time to time. After all, we’re only human! But in those moments, you have a choice to make. Are you going to let comparison win, or are you going to remind yourself that you’re enough as you are? Because the truth is, by comparing yourself to others, you’re missing out on all the amazing things that make you, you. And those qualities are worth celebrating!
When you feel stuck: “My life is full of opportunities.”
Are you feeling like you’ve reached a dead end? Are you wondering if there’s something bigger out there for you than what you’ve been doing every day? Ambition is good … and if you’re feeling a pull toward something new, run with it. You’d be surprised at how many opportunities seem to pop up in your life when you commit to actively seeking them out.
Daily mantras make a difference.
The things you say to yourself about yourself are important. So, work on speaking to yourself with kindness, support, and grace—and get ready to watch your whole life change. We hope these daily mantras help!
While you’re focusing on treating yourself with kindness, you should also focus on how you treat those who are closest to you. Read our blog post on how to bring out the best in your spouse!