So what does this all have to do with today's post? I used to fear I'd never get a single thing published. Now, don't get me wrong, I've still got a long way to go. A long way. A long, long, windy, and probably pot-holed way to go before I can say I'm a successful author, but I no longer bemoan my chances of success. And that's a very good thing. Here's why.
What we tell ourselves matters.
The semantics are important too.
Throw in a little grit, and you've got a winning combination.
So, that's easy enough, right? I'll just keep working at my goal, focusing on getting better, no matter how many times I fail. No matter how many times I lose. Or look dumb. Or get hurt.
It's not easy at all! In reality, it's hard to keep at a goal in the face of rejection or setbacks.
So, where do affirmations come in?
This isn't to say we should tell ourselves that our road will be easy. The complete opposite. But, as Brian Johnson said in a recent post on his site, Entheos, instead of telling yourself "this is impossible," why not re-frame that into an affirmation like: "I know this will be hard, but I think I can do it"?
If we can do that, no matter what our goals, we may find ourselves in the kitchen doing a hip-spraining dance of joy.