Self-affirmations, when spoken aloud, can sound kind of silly. OK, sometimes they sound a little silly even when you say them silently to yourself. But if we can permit ourselves a Stuart Smalley moment now and then, affirmations can come in handy to remind us of things we might already know but forget in moments of insecurity. They can help us hold our ground when others are trying to force their values on us, and they can give us that last little push we need to open our mouths and assert ourselves.
I particularly like and often use the old standby "Different strokes for different folks." It's a good catchall: It works when other people try to tell me I'm not behaving as they think I should, it works when I'm comparing myself unfavorably to others, and it works when I catch myself feeling judgemental about others' choices or behaviors.
A few others, for various circumstances:
What works for you?
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