Walt Whitman really had the insight when he wrote the above statement. Some might say that I am bragging when I affirm his quote to myself on a daily basis; further you might say that I am full of myself or that I have no humility. I say Bah Humbug to you all! Throughout my life I was taught to think of myself with limits, caution and negativity. I no longer do that.
I have learned that if I am to be a truly happy and values person I must awaken to each day telling me how wonderful I am for if I wait for you to affirm me, chances are I will keep waiting. I practice esteeming myself daily. Some of the affirmations I use include:
1. On the whole I am satisfied with myself.
2. At times I think that I am the greatest.
3. I know that I have wonderful qualities.
4. I am able to do many things better than most other people.
5. I feel I do have much to be proud of.
6. I am useful to others most of the time.
7. I feel that I am a person of worth.
8. I respect myself.
9. All in all, I am wildly successful.
10. I take a positive attitude toward myself.
Does practicing these and other affirmations cause me to never have self doubt or not succeed? No, but they certainly keep me pointed in the right direction to keep moving forward walking through my fears. I am a wonderful human being who makes a difference in the lives of others and who has value. I am also flawed so I continue to make mistakes that I own and strive to do better. I am my own best cheerleader for it is only giving to me that I am blessed with the capacity to give some of it to you and by giving to you I receive from you which builds my self esteem even further.
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