Tuesday is one of my busiest, yet one of my favorite days of the week. Tuesday mornings are full of fellowship and encouragement with other moms, as well as a time of digging deeper into Scripture to find how God’s word applies to this most important job of being Mom. Then, every Tuesday night, I rush through dinner, then leave my husband and daughter at home to make cookies while I go to my weekly Mary Kay Girls NIght Out. This is when the unit I’m in gets together to talk about the previous week, pamper our guests, and get some amazing training.
Each Tuesday night, our Sales Director starts the meeting by introducing herself. She doesn’t just say “Welcome to Girls Night Out, I’m Suzy Sales Director”. Instead, she says “I am the motivated, God-inspired, Kingdom-minded, disciplined, determined, and blessed beyond belief Suzy Sales Director”. I once asked her how she ever came up with such an introduction. She told me it was her personal affirmation, one way that she keeps her mind from believing the negative things we all like to think about ourselves.
What we think about becomes what we do or believe. If I am constantly thinking about how tired I am and how much I wish I were sleeping, my body is going to respond by acting tired, craving naps, and just not being alert. However, if I start my day thinking about how blessed I am to have woken up, the fun things I get to do that day with my little girl, and the opportunities that await, I am more likely to be excited about the day. Will it automatically make my eyes stay open before I’ve had my morning coffee? Maybe not…but it will make it so much easier for me to focus on the important things around me.
I have been thinking about writing my own personal affirmation. This would be something that I would stand in front of my mirror and recite out loud every day. Yes, that means I would be talking to myself, but I’ve found it to be so much easier to change my thinking when my ears actually hear the change. Plus, your mind can’t shout louder than your mouth! When I asked my Sales Director about her affirmations, she said that she simply used words that describe what she wants to be. It may not always describe how she feels that day or the way she acted, but it is what she is striving for.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: I am the confident, organized, motivated, God-inspired Kristal Woods. Of course, as I grow and change, I may add to or change some of that…but I think I’ve got a pretty good start.
What about you? What are your personal words of affirmation?