Ironically, it can be hard to stop being hard on yourself. It’s highly likely that for years, you’ve been taught that in order to be successful and happy, you need to be critical of yourself and push yourself to always do better. But this way of thinking can actually hold you back from your goals.
Here are 15 affirmations that can help you change the way you think about yourself so that you can start achieving your goals and feel happier about yourself and your life.
1. I Am Worthy Of Love And Respect Just As I Am
We all have moments when we’re hard on ourselves. Maybe we didn’t do as well as we wanted on a test, or we said something embarrassing in front of others. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we’re not good enough, and that we need to change in order to be worthy of love and respect. However, this isn’t true!
We are all worthy of love and respect just as we are. Telling yourself this can help to stop the cycle of self-criticism and negative self-talk. It can be a reminder that you are valuable and deserving of care, no matter what mistakes you may have made.
When you’re feeling down about yourself, try repeating this phrase to yourself: “I am worthy of love and respect just as I am.” It might just be the boost of confidence you need to get through the day.
2. I Am Capable Of Achieving My Goals
You’ve set your sights on something you want to achieve. Believe in yourself and know that you have the power to make it happen without perfection or knowing exactly what to do next.
Life, and achieving what we want, is full of ups and downs. And those downs help us achieve our goals just as much as the ups do. So no matter what is happening right now, you are still capable of achieving your goals in life.
3. I Am Not Defined By My Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes, but they don’t define you. Your mistakes teach you. When you make a mistake, you learn what doesn’t work so you can move on to what does.
So don’t be hard on yourself when you make a mistake. Instead, learn from your mistakes and move on.
4. I Am Worthy of Happiness
You deserve to be happy, so don’t let anyone, including yourself, take away your happiness.
Focus on being happy first.
Focus on talking to yourself in a way that makes you happy.
Focus on cheering yourself up and having fun, no matter what is going on and what mistakes you have made.
5. I Am Capable Of Change
If you are being hard on yourself because there’s something you want to change about yourself, but haven’t done it, know that you have the power to do it.
Change is hard, but it’s possible if you believe in yourself.
6. I Am Not My Past
Most of the time, we are hard on ourselves because of our past mistakes or failures.
Your past does not define you.
You are the author of your own story, and you can choose how it goes from here. Don’t live in the past.
7. I Am Strong
Telling yourself that you are strong can be a helpful way to stop being hard on yourself. By believing in your own strength, you can stop the negative self-talk and give yourself the motivation and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.
So next time you find yourself being too hard on yourself, remember that you are strong enough to handle anything that comes your way.
8. I Am Capable Of Overcoming Obstacles
Instead of listening to the negative voices, we should instead tell ourselves that we are capable of overcoming any obstacle. By believing in ourselves, we open up the possibility of actually achieving our goals.
No longer do we see obstacles as insurmountable; instead, we see them as challenges to be overcome.
This change in perspective can make all the difference when it comes to reaching our full potential.
So next time you find yourself being too hard on yourself, remember that you are capable of overcoming any obstacle. Breathe deep and let go of those negative self-doubts. You got this!
9. I Deserve Success
What makes you worthy of success is the fact that you are brave enough to try, even in the face of failure.
So tell yourself that you deserve success because you do!
When you stop being so hard on yourself, you will find that you are able to achieve far more than you ever thought possible.
10. I Am Not Perfect And That’s OK
Recognizing that everyone has flaws can help you to feel more accepting of yourself, and it can also take some of the pressure off.
Instead of constantly striving for an unattainable standard of perfection, you can focus on enjoying your life and being the best that you can be.
So next time you find yourself being too hard on yourself, remember that it’s OK to be imperfect. You are perfectly imperfect, and that’s what makes you unique and special.
11. I Am Doing My Best
Just five little words, but they can make a big difference.
When we focus on doing our best, we let go of perfectionism and allow ourselves to simply be human.
We make mistakes, but that’s okay. As long as we know we are doing our best, then we are on the right track.
12. I Am Worthy Of Forgiveness
Forgiving yourself can be one of the hardest things to do. You might feel like you don’t deserve it or that it’s not possible to move on. But holding onto anger and resentment is only going to hurt you in the long run. It can lead to depression, anxiety, and chronic stress.
Telling yourself “I am worthy of forgiveness” is a powerful way to start the process of letting go. It’s a way of accepting what happened and giving yourself permission to move on.
It takes courage to forgive yourself, but it’s worth it. When you let go of the past, you open yourself up to a brighter future.
13. I Am Allowed To Make Mistakes
When we make a mistake, it can feel like we’re falling short of who we’re supposed to be. This is why it’s so important to tell yourself that you’re allowed to make mistakes.
It’s a way of acknowledging that you’re human, and that you’re not perfect.
It’s a way of giving yourself grace and compassion when you need it most.
And it’s a way of reminding yourself that making mistakes is part of the journey to becoming your best self.
So next time you find yourself being too hard on yourself, remember to tell yourself that you’re allowed to make mistakes. It’s a step toward self-acceptance, and a step towards becoming the person you’re meant to be.
14. I Am A Beautiful Human Being
It may sound cliché, but it is important to remember that we are all imperfect beings and that our imperfections are what make us unique and interesting.
When you find yourself being too hard on yourself, take a moment to say out loud, “I am a beautiful human being.” It may seem silly at first, but over time, this affirmation can help to change the way you think about yourself and your place in the world.
15. I Am Loved
It’s easy to be hard on yourself when things don’t go according to plan. You might berate yourself for not being good enough, or beat yourself up for making a mistake. But doing this only makes you feel worse, and it can actually lead to more mistakes being made.
That’s why it’s so important to tell yourself “I am loved.” Remind yourself that you are worthy of love and respect, no matter what. This simple phrase can help to change your mindset and the way you talk to yourself.