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.

It is important to show my true, authentic colors to my family, friends, and peers. Authenticity gains more respect than pretense. People know how to respond when they take the time to understand me.

My friends and I have different tastes in entertainment. I am upfront about declining the offer when I am invited to a function I have little interest in.

My authentic self shines through every interaction I have with others

I let my friends know my opinion on their actions and behaviors when they ask me or when I see an opportunity to save them a challenge, stress, or injury. Although my friends prefer when I agree, we can disagree without conflict. 

Sometimes my peers notice that I dress differently or go to different places than they do. But there is a level of respect that comes from living within my means. I am honest about what I can afford. It is tempting to buy an expensive pair of shoes to keep up with my peers. But I avoid that temptation because I have plans for my future that don’t include over-extending myself financially.

I avoid letting opportunities at work drive me to compromise my beliefs and values. I refrain from changing my views on a policy so I can get a promotion. My authentic approach shows my employer that my commitment to the organization runs deep and that I’m here for the long haul.

I know that honesty makes for a better outcome than dishonesty.

I feel good when I am true to myself and I show that authentic self to others. I commit to maintaining that approach in life. I am happy when others appreciate and respect my honesty.

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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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