Self-Encouragement: My Productive Hack
Do you ever stop to give yourself words of encouragement? As silly as this might sounds, its one practice I take seriously.
A couple of years back, I realised that I was putting so much time and energy into trying to care for myself and for those I love that I didn't have any time left to put towards a self-encouragement routine.
So, I started the practice of self-encouragement. And I must admit that when I first started it, it felt strange. But I think its because we’re conditioned to talk negatively about ourselves.
When you don't give yourself constant encouragement, its your self-esteem that takes a big blow. For me, I notice how sticking to a healthy routine became a challenge; and trying to accomplish bigger things felt more like I was pushing against a wall.
But when I took the time to actually encourage myself, I started feeling motivated about my goals and to make even better decisions.
Here are some self-encouraging words I normally would say to myself:"
- I am so, so, so, so, SO grateful for that amazing decisions you are making Gladys! Keep it up!"
- "Thank you for living your dreams—I love you!"
- "That thing you just did—is going to make our life amazing, and I am so thankful for your effort."
- "Thank you so much for doing what’s right."
Also the positive effects intensify when you say them out loud or in front of a mirror.
Now one thing you need to remember is that there's no action too small not to deserve appreciation. Here are a few other things to consider thanking yourself for:
- Making your bed.
- Any self-care: brushing your teeth, showering, putting effort into your appearance.
- Making any effort toward your happiest and healthiest self.
- Making money and supporting yourself.
- Saying no to low-value activities and people.
- Accomplishing any goal you set for yourself.
- Rejecting negative thoughts and accepting yourself instead.
- Lifting up other people.
- Doing what’s right especially when it’s hard.
- Making yourself proud.
- Making time for friends and family.
- Forgiving someone instead of holding a grudge.
- Working toward your dreams.
- Giving your best effort.
When you make self-encouragement a habit, you make success a reality.