My intention is this: On your worst day, you need a friendly voice to remind you that there is hope. Let that voice be your own. Tune inward and talk to yourself the way you would talk to a best friend or deeply loved family member. Show yourself the same kindness you show to others. Feel what you feel. Learn all you can from it. Sit with the uncomfortable feelings, trusting that they have come for a purpose. And know that at the end of the day, you are fully equipped to show up for yourself and overcome any obstacle before you — even if that means asking for help or pausing to rest.
Dear friend, I hope these statements empower you just as they empower me!
Below you’ll find my 5 favorite affirmations that I say to myself in my worst moments. Perhaps they will resonate with you today and build you up for the challenges yet to come.
01 | I am enough.
Do you believe that you are enough? You are a unique, unrepeatable miracle. All of your strengths and weakness are YOURS. Uniquely yours. You are already pretty enough, talented enough, and smart enough. You do not need the approval of any other person. You only need your own!
02 | Failure is an event, not an identity.
So often we consider ourselves a failure when we “fail.” But friend, you are so much more than your perceived failures! Just because you failed at something does not mean that YOU are a failure. Failure is a beautiful part of life. There’s so much we can learn from it!! Fail your way to the person you want most to become. Learn from each one of life’s tough lessons. Soak them in. Treasure each failure. And choose to shed light on shame. When you do, you will find that each failure serves such an important purpose in your growth.
03 | If I’m guided to it, I’ll be guided through it.
I’m a big believer that life happens for us, not to us. In the midst of every low, we can learn valuable life lessons. And even in our darkest hour, we can find that there are still so many simple joys to be thankful for — we just have to be willing to shine the light on them. So friend, if you are guided to an obstacle, trust that you will also be guided through it. Look back on your journey and remember the ways in which you overcome each struggle. You always found a way. You always came out on the other side! Trust that the same will be true for you even now.
04 | I have the power to move forward with love, not fear.
You will not always be able to control what happens to you in life. But you will always always be able to choose how you move forward. When things happen to us, we often create a “story” around what that event means or represents for us in life. It can be a story that inspires, empowers, and uplifts us. Or, it can be a story that tears us down and reinforces a negative belief about ourself.
For example, when I was in college, I went through a traumatic breakup. For a long while, the “story” I told myself was, “I am unworthy of love. Nothing good ever lasts for me. There’s no one I can trust but myself.” But through time, I have learned to rewrite that story into one that empowers me. Now, the story I believe to be true is this one: “I gave my heart fully to someone. I’m proud of that. I learned every step of the way and now I know, more than ever, that I am worthy of true love.”
Dear friend, choose to move forward with love for yourself, not fear of the future repeating itself. Rewrite any old, negative stories that need to be rewritten. Change the narrative. Play a different song! This power lies in your hands.
05 | I love and approve of myself.
Do you like being you? Sit with this thought for a moment…
It is so easy to make decisions that make other people happy. We do things to seek the approval of others and wait for their permission to make changes, hoping that in return, they will like us and love us all the more. But as time goes on, we can often feel further and further away from our true self. The cure for this is simple but not always easy to do: decide today that you love and approve of yourself. Learn how to become your own best friend. Sit with yourself long enough to learn what you like and dislike, what your dreams are, and what you hope for your life to look like. And know that there is a beautiful balance to be found in seeking input and wisdom from others while still forging your own path!
At the end of the day, I really like being me. I know I’m not perfect. But I love this about myself. I’m proud that no matter what, I keep showing up to learn and grow.
Dear friend, I just want to leave you with this final thought: be kind to yourself for you are growing every day. And even on your worst day, I hope you know that you are enough. You are worthy of love. Today and always.
With love & light,
Your trainer — Madison.