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Read the set of related affirmations below aloud. It’s important to your conscious and subconscious mind to hear the affirmations said in your own voice. Choose one or two of the affirmations from the set to start working with. You only need one or two affirmations, used consistently, to make a substantial change in your life.

Choose one affirmation that feels easy to you and choose another that generates resistance or disbelief. The idea is to practice extending your current self-imposed limits and encourage growth.

Say your chosen affirmation loud enough for your mind to hear your voice saying the words and take notice of how you feel as you begin and as you continue your practice. Repeat your chosen affirmation multiple times a day for at least 30 days and reinforce your affirmation by writing it in your journal.

You can change your life by beginning an affirmation practice – using one or two favorite affirmations over the course of 30 to 60 days can permanently change your mindset and your life.

Self-respect is a HUGE part of building a strong spiritual and personal life. Without a healthy level of self-respect, advocating for your own needs and enhancing your personal power is a much more difficult task.

“If you don’t respect yourself…ain’t nobody gonna give a good ca-hoot!”

Mavis Staples, Staples Singers

We, as perfectly imperfect human beings, can be extremely hard on ourselves – we fixate on our mistakes instead of our accomplishments. If you say things to yourself that you would NEVER say to someone you consider a friend, it’s time to figure out WHY you do that. Why does someone else deserve more consideration from you than you deserve from yourself?

The first time you read these affirmations out loud, you may feel (or sense) resistance. It can take the form of thought: “I don’t need to do this” or “I don’t have this problem.” I encourage you to TRY the affirmations written below, say them out loud, and see which ones bring up the most resistance, in addition to noticing which ones feel easy and true to you. I strongly suggest you incorporate only one or two of the affirmations into your daily practice – choose one that feels easy and one that feels a little harder. Working with both affirmations for 30 days will help you to increase your level of self-respect, and that will help you get stronger in ways that really matter.

Respect Myself Affirmations

I feel respected by my peers.

I thank people for their kindness.

I look for the goodness in others.

I speak kindly of others.

I speak kindly of myself.

I show respect and receive respect in return.

I celebrate the success of those close to me.

I choose happiness and joy.

I maintain my self-respect even in times of adversity.

I deserve to receive everything I need.

I compliment myself freely because I deserve love.

I respect my point of view.

I respect my negative emotions just as I do my positive emotions.

I respect the calm I find within myself.

I respect my values.

I respect my privacy.

I treat myself with kindness.

I treat myself with dignity.

I am respected and I am trusted.

I am a divine being worthy of respect.

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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