I am so excited to begin; I have just voiced out my decision to participate in Celes’ 15-Day Affirmations Challenge 🙂
There will be every-day affirmations followed by specific tasks/ questions to complete or to answer. I will be blogging all 15 affirmations which I would be performing in here. At the end of each task-of-the-day, I will provide my two cents worth on how I feel about the day’s challenge and how it has impacted me (positive, negative or neutral).
It was already Day-4 when I participated. I have pondered if I should begin from Day-4’s task where the current challenge is at now, or should I start from Day-1 instead.
After consideration, I decided to begin from Day-1. Even though I would love to start from Day-4’s task so as to be at real time with all the other participants, I thought there must be a reason for such sequence of the affirmations/ tasks. Why disrupt it for myself? So! I decided to start from Day-1’s affirmation instead 😀
OK! Let me just copy and paste the topic here…:
#AffirmationChallenge Day 1 [New Beginning]: “Today is a brand new day. My past does not define me. My future is mine to create.”
It is a 5-pointer task, with 4 questions and 1 action.
Let’s have the drum roll~ Dummmm…~ *having fun all by myself*
1. What are ONE area of your life where you’ve been limiting yourself or that you feel limited in?
If it was the “me” in the past, I would probably list a ton of stuff which I think I have been limiting myself/ felt limited in.
The first on the list got to be me constantly worrying about my future success rate. I have doubts on myself. There are things that I want to do, the results I want to achieve and the life I want to live. I had a classmate who is a pastor, he said his mission statement in life is to “dream boldly, live courageously, love sacrificially”.
I think it is awesome. How many people nowadays dare to “dream boldly, live courageously, love sacrificially”?
Too many of us have fear, and still do. We fear of the unforeseen future, we doubt our “capabilities” and “abilities” to achieve. Some fear to dream, some do not even dream.
A dream is what makes a person comes alive. Without dreams, there is no clear direction in life, and I would expect one to develop self-doubt feelings and prevents one from feeling the greatest sense of self-satisfaction.
My self-doubt on my future is my greatest limitation. I have a lot of dreams, but I always used to allow fear to cripple me. But now, I am training my “go whack ‘em!” muscle so that I can use it whenever I feel fear and self-doubt creeping up on me 😀
So! I will be a writer!
A life coach specialising in positive psychology!
A great daughter!
A loving wife and a caring mother!
And most importantly, a person with a humble heart and compassionate spirit 🙂
2. What is the belief statement you’ve been harboring in this area? And is it serving/helping you to accomplish your goal?
I always believed that I am never good enough to be all of the above mentioned. I always believed that I am just a very ordinary woman who might never get a chance to change the “world”. I had always believed that I would never master the skills that I want in order to achieve my dreams.
Also, I think the people around me have more or less contributed to my negative belief system. My family thought that it would be good enough to have a monthly steady paycheck. Any attempt to do something different is “jeopardising” my future. I guess this is a pretty common experience a lot of us have? Granted we love our family and friends, but our lives and dreams are solely ours to live and achieve. To put it bluntly, how have such of their philosophies helped them so far?
Of course all these negative beliefs have done me more harm than good. I have wasted 5 years of my life prior to now thinking that I can never be good enough. It is like poison, and I literally am belittling myself for thinking so. What greatness could come out of these?
I am so glad that I have awakened 😀
3. Change this belief(s). Given that the belief from #2 is limiting, what empowering belief(s) can you change it to?
Whenever I begin to develop self-doubts, I will constantly remind myself of my desires and dreams by asking myself a very simple question:
If I were to stop now just because I was so scared and worried, would I be contented with a mundane and meaningless life? Would I die if I fail upon trying?
And you bet; the answer is always a big NO!
4. Identify your action step(s) to make the change!
I am going to take albeit baby steps to achieve my milestone-goals so that my dream would not look so daunting!
I am currently taking up a diploma in Positive Psychology. It is one step to equip myself with the basic knowledge that I would need to become a life coach 🙂
I am also actively attending seminars which would broaden my mind and help me being an entrepreneur.
I already have ideas for my book(s), and all I need is to put them into words! I will complete a book by the end of this year HAHA 😀
5. Say your new belief out loud, along with today’s affirmation:
“Today is a brand new day.
My past does not define me.
My future is mine to create.”
OK, have said out loudly!
The first question was surprisingly tough to answer. The one person whom you can never succeed in lying to is oneself. Hence, I feel that the first question was a very “raw” question; it forces you to say your flaw out loud. The more difficult it is to admit aloud to the area which you feel that you have been limiting yourself, the bigger the issue is.
The subsequent questions are fairly easy to answer. Perhaps due to I am already at the stage of cancelling my past negative beliefs and implementing new ones, the responses come naturally to me 😀
Overall, I feel that this is a good exercise; it is a step-by-step guide to leading us come into a conclusion with ourselves.
Can’t wait to do the Day-2!
You can see the actual affirmation challenge post here: http://personalexcellence.co/blog/affirmation-day-1-new-beginning/
Dream big and believe in yourself, because the power lies within you~