Take a look at the following picture:

These are my personal affirmations.

These are my personal affirmations.

That sign hangs above my desk and is one of the first things I see every morning when I sit down to work. I don’t always need it, but I’m glad I have it there when I do.

What you see on the sign are affirmations. They are reminders to myself for when I start to lose confidence in my abilities or am just having an unproductive day. When those times arrive (and if you’re freelancing they almost certainly will) it is hard to think of reasons to value myself and my work. That’s why I wrote them down ahead of time.

When I read the sign to myself and force myself to smile for at least 15 seconds, something magical happens. My confidence is restored, my productivity increases, and I can’t help but want to live up to what I have on my wall.

I had always been skeptical of the power of positive thinking. I thought it was just another hokey piece of self-help bullshit. I was wrong. Being positive and forcing myself to smile works.

I encourage everyone who reads this to try something similar. Write down some good things about yourself and put them where they’ll be in easy reach when you need them. Use them and see how your mood improves and the positive effect affirmations have on your mental well-being.

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