say it like you mean it

Every single day, we are faced with challenges. These challenges may be as small as stubbing your toe first thing after you wake up, and then hurting your gums because you were brushing too fast, because you overslept – because you’ve been snoozing your alarm for the past one hour and now you’re late. That was a mouthful.

Or the challenge may be as big as losing a loved one, or missing out on a great job opportunity. My point is, it is clear that in life we will face challenges. But you have a choice. Either let the challenge take the best of you and lead you to a downward spiral, or pick yourself up and take it as a lesson. Complain and persistently dwell on the issue without thinking of a way forward, OR see the challenge as a temporary bump and figure out what the next step is.

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Remember how I talked about making every single day count? Well, this decision was prompted by noticing that in the past three months my level of awareness and consciousness had grown, and I needed to take this ‘consciousness’ to the next level – you know, see where this could go if I just let it be. What do I mean by this, you ask?
It may sound like a very shallow statement, but I can’t find a better way of putting it – I  have become more aware of my thoughts and the effect they have on my mood, my health and my growth.

I realized that I choose how to deal with whatever challenge I’m faced with. Whether I’m aware of it or not. If I stub my toe, I can dwell on it all through the rushed brushing and then stay in this negative state as I shower and dress up and walk to the stage and get on the matatu etc, you get the drift. Or, I could see that it is temporary. It has passed. And just focus on the NOW. Get my point?

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Granted, we may WILL face larger challenges in life. These may require time to grieve over, but we mustn’t get stuck in this state of mind. We must see life as a this blank canvas, and every brush stroke is an opportunity to keep painting this beautiful picture. Our master piece. Every experience is a different brush stroke, and it all adds to the character of the piece. Our life. It is all GROWTH, and we can learn from everything – to become stronger. Better.

To keep these good juices flowing in me and stop this habit of complaining, I decided to repeat affirmations to myself at all times. I say them like I mean it, like I truly believe these words are true. I have seen a remarkable change in my state of mind. I’m lighter, and more aware of my thoughts – through the emotions I feel. And it almost seems like I believe my crazy ass dreams even more strongly now 😀 They sort of reprogram your mind to think positively and eventually make you believe it is true.

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I am not the author of these affirmations, I haven’t been doing it long enough to come up with my own but I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll get the hang of it. I bookmarked this article on my phone months ago (it’s finally starting to really make sense to me now) and I picked up the rest from other self help blogs etc online.
The concept is simple; have a positive statement about oneself in the present tense.

What are your favourite affirmations? Feel free to share, and say it like you mean it 🙂

  1. My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
  2. I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.
  3. I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.
  4. Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.
  5. My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.
  6. I am courageous and I stand up for myself.
  7. I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.
  8. Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.
  9. I acknowledge my self worth; my confidence is soaring.
  10. My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now ❤
  11. I radiate beauty, charm and grace.
  12. I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.
  13. Curiosity leads me to interesting new places.
  14. The world is large enough for my dreams.
  15. My dreams are valid.

“It is the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali.

Author: Fatma Sultan

Hello, I'm Fatma Sultan. Architecture is my chosen career path. My love and appreciation for art is larger than I can put in a few words but it all comes down to the freedom to express oneself in so many different ways: painting, sketching, drawing, poetry, writing, photography, furniture design, cooking, pottery and even personal style. I hope to inspire my readers in any way that I can, and at least put a smile on somebody's face. Thanks for stopping by!

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