Self-Encouragement: My Productive Hack

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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.

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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.

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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.
  • Exercising.
  • 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.