1. Spend time with people who lift you up
2. Giveback by helping others
3. Celebrate your achievements, no matter the size
4. Do what makes you happy
5. Change what you can – and let go of what you can’t
6. Let go of perfectionism ideals
7. Speak to yourself like a friend
8. Get involved in extra-curricula’s
9. Own your uniqueness
10. Create a positive self-dialogue.
Affirmations are a great way to boost your self-esteem and, in turn, your overall well-being. There are tons of examples of affirmations you can use for this purpose, including these 17 from Develop Good Habits:
- Mistakes are a stepping stone to success. They are the path I must tread to achieve my dreams.
- I will continue to learn and grow.
- Mistakes are just an apprenticeship to achievement.
- I deserve to be happy and successful.
- I deserve a good life. I deny any need for suffering and misery.
- I am competent, smart, and able.
- I am growing and changing for the better.
- I love the person I am becoming.
- I believe in my skills and abilities.
- I have great ideas. I make useful contributions.
- I acknowledge my own self-worth; my self-confidence is rising.
- I am worthy of all the good things that happen in my life.
- I am confident with my life plan and the way things are going.
- I deserve the love I am given.
- I let go of the negative feelings about myself and accept all that is good.
- I will stand by my decisions. They are sound and reasoned.
- I have, or can quickly get, all the knowledge I need to succeed.
If none of these leap out and inspire you, you can always create your own! Just keep in mind these three simple rules for creating effective affirmations:
- The affirmations should be in the present tense. They must affirm your value and worth right here, right now (e.g., not “I will do better tomorrow” but “I am doing great today.”).
- The affirmations should be positively worded. They should not deny or reject anything (i.e., “I am not a loser.”), but make a firm statement (e.g., “I am a worthy person.”).
- The affirmations should make you feel good and put you in a positive light. They should not be empty words and they should be relevant to your life (e.g., “I am a world-class skier” is relevant if you ski, but is not a good affirmation if you don’t ski.).
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