Would you like an opportunity to be featured on our new Be Your Own You magazine? Enter our “I Am…” Poem Contest now through November 6th! It’s easy, all you have to do is write a poem stating the positive amazing things YOU ARE, fill out the application at www.beyourownyou.com/poem, upload your photo (if you want), and we will select the top poems to appear in our upcoming issue of Be Your Own You magazine!
In our premiere issue, our CEO Debra Gano wrote a very helpful article about paying attention to the words we say to ourselves. “We know it’s important to watch the negative things we say to others, and we also want to be sure the words (and thoughts) we say to ourselves are both empowering and kind,” says Debra. “When we judge ourselves harshly and that critical mean-girl voice inside our head becomes the one we hear, not only does it tear down our self-esteem, it also sets in motion a pattern of potential future negativity. What you think about and declare for yourself eventually will come true – your words actually have attraction power!”
For example, your inner mean-girl voice says “I am ugly and nobody likes me!” The TRUTH is, you’re NOT ugly (we all have something beautiful about us, especially inside!), and SOMEBODY likes you (your mom, your neighbor, your dog). But if you keep telling yourself over and over these negative statements, then you actually WILL attract people who reinforce your thoughts and who will see (and point out!) your less than attractive qualities, or people who really don’t like you.
On the other hand, if you were to switch around your statements to yourself, and rather say “I am beautiful inside and out, and I am someone that people like,” then you’ll attract people in your life who like you and support your beauty.
So when a negative thought about yourself pops into your head, such as “I am stupid – I can’t do ANYTHING right,” first be sure to ask yourself if this is true – chances are it’s not (you can do SOMETHING right, right?). Then replace that thought with a more positive one that you can believe about yourself, such as “I am smart because I can do lots of things right!” Then remind yourself about all of the things that you do well. Not only will you immediately begin to feel better, but you’re creating opportunities for lots more happy moments in the future!
“Remember the words you speak and the thoughts you think are powerful,” reminds Debra, “so select them wisely so the best YOU can shine!”