Beginning your day by giving yourself a little pep talk is an excellent way to inject some positivity into your daily routine. If you’re working toward a goal, it’s a great time to remind yourself of your goal and the steps you will take during the day to move toward achieving that goal. Reinforce your goals with some daily reminders or affirmations. They help you stay focused on what’s really important and help quiet those negative thoughts that can creep in every once and a while. Try choosing reminders or affirmations that compliment your goals, but also add some to your list that help you with every day situations. As you make daily reminders or affirmations a habit, they will come to your mind throughout the day when you need a little pick-me-up. As you continue to think on them and act on them, they become more and more a part of who you are. They are more than just positive self-talk and a tool for helping you reach your goals. When you really act on them they can help put you on the path to feeing real gratitude and joy.
In my very fast paced life, I need bullet points that get right to the heart of the matter. My ability to comprehend what I read is such a struggle for me (due to my learning disability) so I just don’t have the luxury of reading (and re-reading) what I’m sure are some really great self-help / self-care books. For years I struggled to find simple yet meaningful words that could help strengthen me and help me focus.
A couple years ago a friend introduced me to a talk by a man named F. Enzio Busche. The list of daily reminders that he put together really spoke to me. I read and reflect on them almost daily. Some days, some of these ideas stand out much more than others. I take note of those and focus on them throughout the day. Here are several of my favorites from the list he put together:
“• Embrace this day with an enthusiastic welcome, no matter how it looks. The covenant with God to which you are true enables you to become enlightened by him, and nothing is impossible for you.
• When you are physically sick, tired, or in despair, steer your thoughts away from yourself and direct them, in gratitude and love, toward God.
• In your life there have to be challenges. They will either bring you closer to God and therefore make you stronger, or they can destroy you. But you make the decision of which road you take.
• Put all frustrations, hurt feelings, and grumblings into the perspective of your eternal hope. Light will flow into your soul.
• God knows that you are not perfect. As you suffer about your imperfections, he will give you comfort and suggestions of where to improve.
• God knows better than you what you need. He always attempts to speak to you. Listen, and follow the uncomfortable suggestions that he makes to us—everything will fall into its place.
• When you cannot love someone, look into that person’s eyes long enough to find the hidden rudiments of the child of God in him.
• Never judge anyone. When you accept this, you will be freed. In the case of your own children or subordinates, where you have the responsibility to judge, help them to become their own judges.
• If someone hurts you so much that your feelings seem to choke you, forgive and you will be free again.
• Avoid rush and haste and uncontrolled words. Divine light develops in places of peace and quiet. Be aware of that as you enter places of worship.
• Be not so much concerned about what you do, but do what you do with all your heart, might, and strength. In thoroughness is satisfaction.
• You want to be good and to do good. That is commendable. But the greatest achievement that can be reached in our lives is to be under the complete influence of the Holy Ghost. Then he will teach us what is really good and necessary to do.
• The pain of sacrifice lasts only one moment. It is the fear of the pain of sacrifice that makes you hesitate to do it.
• Be grateful for every opportunity to serve. It helps you more than those you serve.
• And finally, when you are compelled to give up something or when things that are dear to you are withdrawn from you, know that this is your lesson to be learned right now. But know also that, as you are learning this lesson, God wants to give you something better.”
These daily reminders have really helped me through some tough times by helping me put things into perspective.
What kind of reminders or affirmations have helped you stay positive and focused?