I still look into the mirror every morning and start with some daily affirmations. I remember doing this as early as Jr High School for me. I don’t quite remember what it was that started me doing them, but it has really helped me along my way, it is almost a meditation of sorts.
I am blessed I know, I had parents that said to me "you can do anything John, as long as you study hard" and "that sweater makes you look handsome". These are great to hear as you grow up and I think as a parent myself now that it is important to encourage those around us, especially our children.
But my affirmations are a bit different than those of my parents. I have to be ok with being me, without the conditions at the end. I am careful to structure my affirmations to my son Chance that way too, after all, we are in the NOW, and we need to affirm to ourselves that NOW is a positive place to be in and it has many blessings attached to it, no matter what.
Personally I have failed at this over the years. So this blog is meant for me as well as you to help get over things, because I think we all feel like we fail at times. I know of times when I wanted to end it all just because I wasn't doing well enough, I have always hated being a disappointment. There have been other times that I've let others down and felt worthless. But in the morning, in the dawn of a new day, I look in the mirror and say "today, John, you're going to make a difference for someone, today your smile will make someone's day. Don't miss the opportunity to smile at everyone. Today someone will be inspired to fight on in their own battle by something you say or do. Know that you're a leader; set the example."
See, that is my affirmation, to be an example and that is hard. It’s a goal that keeps on growing, I miss the mark at times, my actions don't set well with me in those times, but I try again. After all, isn’t that what having a worthy goal is, something out of reach and to strive towards, to always keep you growing?
My wish is that we all start giving ourselves positive messages that aren't conditioned. That are uplifting and also kind to ourselves in this way. I wish self forgiveness comes to all of us; that we can start the next day fresh and free of the self doubt and depression that holds us back.... So....if you read this...what is the affirmation you tell yourself each morning? Teach us all about keeping ourselves positive.
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