Affirmations That Carried Me Through 2020 and Will Carry Me Into 2021
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We’ve reached that time of the year where the talk about vision boards, goal planning, “new year, new me” mottos and “what trends to leave in 2020” posts are on every platform. It is a wonderful time of the year and you can’t help but feel refreshed and hopeful for a new outlook on life in the upcoming year. However, I think many of us have learned a lot of valuable lessons from 2020 and may be a little apprehensive to taking on the new year with cockiness or stating “2021 will be my year.” (I haven’t seen a post yet). We are wiser, more mature, and more prepared to focus on the things that matter the most.
We have spent nine months in solitude. Alone with ourselves and without distractions for the most part. 2020 was a year for understanding self, developing your relationship with self, and for self-improvement. We have spent time cultivating our relationships with ourselves, so we can have better relationships with others. Re-evaluating things that worked and didn’t work and betting on ourselves.
I know I am speaking for a collective and I might not necessarily be right, so forgive me if this wasn’t your story, but I know for certain it was mine. If you can relate and found 2020 to be a rewarding year for self discovery, then here are some affirmations and reminders that got me through 2020 and will take me into 2021.
Affirmation #1: It may be scary, but it’s achievable.
If you are thinking about taking a leap of faith and betting on yourself, whether its going for that job promotion or starting that business, or moving out on your own, then go for it. Don’t let the fear of the unknown scare you and stop you in your tracks. We spend a lot of time focusing on the fear of the “what-ifs” when we are thinking about making a change and that only leads to anxiety, procrastination, and loss time. You can never truly know what will happen until you have began to move. Be scared but move, because you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.
Affirmation #2: If it was easy anyone could do it.
This is an old faithful that my dad used to tell me anytime I griped about something in school or work being challenging. He would always respond with “Well youngin, if it was easy anybody could do it.” It took me a while to understand it but now I do. Everyone isn’t up for the challenges that you are experiencing. Some people like the easy way out when it comes to things. So if it was easy, and unchallenging, everyone would be in line to do it. Only the ones who are built for and ready for challenges can do the things that you do.
Affirmation #3: I was uniquely created with and for a purpose.
I would be lying if I said I had my purpose completely figured out. Its been an ongoing learning process for me, but what I have figured out is that I was created with purpose, on purpose, and for purpose and so were you. You being here was not an accident. You living the life you live and coming into contact with the people you’ve met has not been an accident. Don’t go wasting it all and aimlessly moving about life. Every step you take has a purpose. You have purpose. So live on purpose.
Affirmation #4: Someone out there needs you to share your gifts.
How selfish is it to think that the gifts and talents you have are for you? What good is having gifts if you don’t use them and share them from time to time? You like writing and you have a story to tell but you think you’ll just keep it all to yourself? Someone out there needs to see or hear what you have to share. You never know how sharing your light can significantly impact another life. God gave you these gifts and you’re really going to keep them to yourself? Don’t be stingy with what God gave you.
Affirmation #5: It’s okay to say no for a yes to you.
We probably all had a chance to say no this year. No to dinner invites and parties. No because we needed to rest or simply some me time. Or just no because we didn’t feel like it. And it felt good when you did it, I’m sure. It is okay to say no so that you can say yes to you. Yes to protecting your mental space. Yes to protecting your energy. Yes to more rest. Yes to doing more of what you love. Spend 2021 saying yes to you more.
Affirmation #6: Your drive and aspirations will be inspiration for others.
All your hard work and efforts do not go unnoticed. If you’re rallying behind Black Lives Matter protest or highlighting and supporting black owned businesses, you’re seen. If you are business owner of any sorts, you’re seen. Did you know that how you’re inspired will inspire others? It’s a neverending cycle. We are motivated by what we see others do and achieve. I mean hello, Youtube!? Don’t stop the cycle, keep aspiring and achieving.
Affirmation #7: You are capable and competent.
I spent a lot of 2020 feeling incompetent and uneducated on various things. I let imposter syndrome reign heavily over my life and ultimately delay me from achieving many goals I had set. I am challenging myself to focus less on the information or skills I may not have yet and put my energy into what I do have and can provide. And most importantly remembering that I am capable of digesting information and developing the needed skills along the way.
Affirmation #8: Your reach cannot be measured, only felt.
Living in a world that is heavily driven by numbers and social media views, it is very easy to get caught up in the quantitative value of your impact. How many times was my message heard, video viewed, or post read? The numbers do have some value, but they aren’t the only value. There is this quote by Maya Angelou that reads “I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So remember that your reach, your impact, your influence cannot be measured, only felt.
These are affirmations and reminders that were personal for me through my journey through 2020. Because of that, you may not relate but I hope you are able to find the encouragement to create your own affirmations and daily reminders that will get you through another year.
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