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Read the affirmation below aloud. Loud enough for your mind to hear your voice saying the words and notice how you feel. Feeling better? Repeat this affirmation at least twice a day – morning, and night – for 21 to 28 days.

Affirmations are powerful, positive sentences that can change your mindset. Don’t focus on challenges and lack, but on healthy self-esteem and unshakeable self-confidence.

Comment below that you’ve started this process. Add entries in your journal each day as to how you’re feeling. Note the positive changes you’ve made and celebrate them! Send me a note using the contact form and let me know how you’re doing!

Everywhere I turn there is an opportunity to learn something new about life.

Life lessons are nuggets of gold in a life that brings about challenges on a daily basis.

My most consistent giver of life lessons was my mother. Her example and experiences taught me how to treat others, and how to overcome less-than-perfect treatment imposed ON her by others.

She is the person who I have been most proud of and impressed by. She was told when she graduated high school that she had two career choices – teaching or nursing. She wanted neither. She wanted to become an accountant but was discouraged because of her gender and her race.

When I watched how she took those lemons that limited her career choices and made lemonade, I was encouraged and heartened. As she continued to work and grow, she gained a reputation among our friends and family for her acumen with money and taught as many people as she could how to manage their money for maximum benefit. The lesson she taught was that you don’t have to let anyone define you – you can define yourself.

I will work for what I want, and I will achieve my goals.

I lead by my actions because they tell others who I am. All the pretty words in the world won’t matter if I am not living into my authentic values and manifesting the best of who I am and can be. My actions speak louder than my words ever will.

I lead by my actions – they speak louder than my words ever will.

Taking action to change a sedentary lifestyle provides an authentic path toward a strong, healthy body. I learn this lesson over and over when I sink into a life of watching TV all the time. When my body aches and is slow to respond, I am reminded that I can repair it by increasing my level of activity.

The physical cues my body sends – aches, stiffness, lack of flexibility – help motivate me to incorporate exercise and movement into my daily activities. The life lesson here? I am responsible for my own health.

Today and every day, the life lessons that present themselves to me are valuable. My journey through this life is comfortable, predictable, and fulfilling when I choose to heed the advice of those who came before me. Their lessons are my guide, and I have “ears to hear” so that I can absorb their wisdom and guidance.

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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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