Happy new month friends! Are you smashing your goals? 

I have been feeling like I have so much to do, but honestly, I never get round to doing it ?. Pray for me.

One good thing though – I am not anxious ?.

Now, I’d like to know, what do you do when you are in a stressful moment?

2020 was a year I felt like I was in a dump. I was anxious a lot. I felt like everything was out of control and as a planner, this is hard. 

With all the uncertainty that exists even now, it hasn’t been easy. What has calmed me down and made me have a more positive outlook this year are affirmations.

Funny that as I type this, I am actually listening to Joel Osteen’s podcast on Expecting The Best. 

Do affirmations really work? Technically, everyone has an affirmation, whether they’re aware of it or not — it’s that one phrase you hear in your head over and over or tell yourself repeatedly.

The secret to achieving your best self might just be an affirmation away…

What is an affirmation?

An affirmation for me is a phrase that I believe to be true and constantly repeat it to myself for support or encouragement. 

Here are the affirmations that have changed my mindset, confidence, and life. Use these affirmations to feel better no matter your situation.

When you know better you do better

Last year, I was still carrying baggage from 2019, 2018, and years back. I knew better, but would somehow find myself not doing better.

This year would not have been any different had I not put my foot down and decided that this time for sure, I had to do better for myself. 

Now, I can say it with so much confidence. 

Progression over perfection

Sometimes, I can be too much of a perfectionist. From the outside perspective, no one would expect me to call myself one – I can be messy and my tongue sometimes speaks faster than my brain. Even with this, I still find myself rewriting articles because they don’t feel good enough or feeling anxious and stressed when something didn’t go the way I pictured. 

If you are like me, remind yourself that the goal in life is not for everything to be, look, and seem perfect. The goal, instead, is to be happy. It makes all the little things I worry about seem insignificant.

I am enough

Am I the only one who goes through phases where I think there is someone better than me? Sometimes, it’s a good thing because it pushes me to work harder and be better. 

But sometimes, the pushing leads to a lack of appreciation for who I am, causing insecurity and self-doubt (kwanza apo kwa self-doubt). 

When you are struggling, remind yourself that you are enough and are great just the way you are. It could be that job you applied for and are now scared to take – you are enough. If it is an invite to a place you don’t think you belong, take it because you are enough.

I am passionate about finding things for which to have gratitude

Mid last year I started keeping a gratitude journal because, to be honest, there is always something to be grateful for. Well, let’s just say that writing something down each day became a lot for me and I abandoned it.

Even though I am not writing stuff down, I remain grateful. Because there is so much to be grateful for.

Find something to be grateful for and this will fill you with so much positivity.

I am thankful for all the opportunities that come my way

Sometimes, certain things happen and I’m not so sure how I feel about them. Looking back, however, I have learned to take every opportunity with gratitude because it has somehow led me to where I am.

And I am happy to be here.

He that began a good work in me is faithful to bring it to completion

This one has guided me literally through all phases of life. Kwanza last year when everything was so uncertain and what seemed sure at some point no longer wasn’t assured, I had to constantly remind myself that the Lord was and remains to be faithful.

Which affirmation do you use? Which one of these do you relate with the most?