Often we are our worst critic. Whether at work, at home, or in a social setting, the lens we train on ourselves can be brutally harsh. Before we know it, the faults we find in our actions, words, even our appearance, can weigh us down. Our spirit suffers. We can feel very, very discouraged and hesitate to try again, if we’ve failed, or forge into new friendships, jobs, or situations that could be very beneficial – if we felt more resilient.
Here are three powerful affirmations for when our spirit is discouraged, and we feel unworthy of the things we most want to have, achieve, and be:
I am strong. Think of other times you have been challenged, weighed down, and discouraged. Remember how you came through those times, learned from them, and moved ahead. The strength and courage you had then have not abandoned you. They are still present, ready for you to use, now.
I am not alone. When we are discouraged, we might feel very alone, as if the world is moving on without us. We need support in these times – and it is available to us. The friend who will answer when you call. The family member who knows you so well. The counselor with the keen insight. The faith community that gathers to pray. These people and others are with you. Your call for help is their call to action.
I am a problem solver. The tangle of life’s problems can seem insurmountable at times. Just thinking of all the issues needing to be addressed can stymie us and cause us to freeze. But one of the most amazing things about living is our ability to solve problems – if we let the spirit blossom and our imaginations take flight. If we think “There’s nothing I can do,” then there won’t be. But if we think, “I am going to work on this until the problem is solved,”then it can be.