We all run into rough patches. Sometimes it’s tougher moving through them, taking longer and more effort than we thought, so it seems that this rough patch isn’t a passing phase but rather our New Normal.
This can leave us feeling very discouraged and wondering if it’s all worthwhile. The rough patch makes us feel that we’re losing time as well as losing ground, especially when others around us seem to be zooming toward their dreams.
We begin to listen to the rough patch’s siren song urging us to quit struggling against the odds and just get used to it. We begin to think that perhaps it’s true, perhaps we don’t have what it takes. Perhaps this rough patch is delaying us for too long and now it’s too late for us. Perhaps we think it’s all over, we’re done.
None of this is true!!
YOU ARE NOT DOWN!
YOU ARE NOT OUT!
YOU ARE NOT DISQUALIFIED!
YOU HAVE NOT BEEN SIDELINED!
YOU HAVE NOT MISSED OUT!
YOU ARE NOT ALL WASHED UP!
IT IS NOT ALL OVER FOR YOU!
You DO have what it takes!
~You’re intelligent – you can brainstorm ideas and you can figure your way out!
~You’re resilient – you bounce! Get up, brush yourself off, and try again. You can do it!
You ARE talented, your abilities ARE valuable!
You have a deep well that’s full of talents and abilities. Reach in and surprise yourself with the wonderful gifts you discover there!
I believe in you!
I know for sure that you are in the right place at the right time and things are working out for you—as long as you don’t give up!
Your homework today is to say these statements to yourself. Say them as you stand in front of your mirror in the mornings. Have a big smile on your face, stand tall, and look yourself in the eye when you say them.
Say these statements with strength, conviction, and confidence—even if you don’t really feel it and you have to make it up. If you keep at it, soon you will genuinely have these feelings.
Keep these statements handy and repeat them to yourself throughout the day, especially if you’re feeling unsure, confused, worried, or disappointed. If you keep repeating these statements, you will soon feel more stable and assured that you can do it.
Keep at it! Don’t give in! Dig your heels in against the rough patch!
You can do it!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
PS: Don’t worry about the negative affirmations. Sometimes it’s good to know where the line in the sand is. It’s good to draw the line and tell yourself what you won’t tolerate any longer, what is now unacceptable.