The most stupid but effective tool to increase motivation and self image for me has been self-affirmations.
I learned a long time ago to tell myself “I like myself!” and strangely this exercise has increased my motivation and my sense of self worth greatly.
I used to have a little voice in my head saying; “Ooh, that looks difficult, you can’t do that, stay away!”.
By using self affirmations I have been able to drown that voice out and replace it with a voice screaming
“YOU CAN DO IT! GO GO GO!”
This voice is a lot more motivating, it helps me face my fears and keep working.
It is surprising how well it works to tell yourself that you are happy and motivated.
Do it enough times and you will become happy and motivated.
I read this every morning and evening
“I like myself
I love my work
I am going to be happy today
I can do it!”
You can use anything you need
You might not need the same advice as I do or the same motivators.
Think about what you need help with.
My advice is to always say it in an active form e.g. I am, I have. Instead of I will, I wish.
It is a lot more powerful to say “I like myself” than “I will like myself”.
Some suggestions to other affirmations
I deserve success
I am a good X
I am motivated
I am the best
I am great
It does feel very, very stupid to tell yourself these things, but please try it out.
It will make a difference if you do it often enough.
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