I've read some really amazing posts over the years about over-coming self-hate, self-doubt, negative thinking. I've also read posts where people are still struggling with inner demons. I don't talk about those topics often. I tend to keep my blog posts fairly light, trying to find positivity.
However, when I read such posts, they almost always strike a chord with me. Why? Because I am human too. I have people make comments about being an inspiration, being dedicated, a machine, super fit. But you know what? I have my own self-doubts to contend with.
I might be a fantastic cheerleader for those around me, friends, family, bloggers, co-workers. However, I often spend all that energy outward so as to avoid dealing with my own negative self thoughts.
Sometimes I don't like what I see in the mirror. I pick myself apart, am too self-critical. Of course I want to ask, "Why are women so hard on themselves?" But that's rhetorical of course. You'd think it was about beating each other up, but it's more about what we do to ourselves.
I thought for Fun for Friday, it'd be great to end the week with positive affirmations about ourselves. Let's toss out those negative thoughts, even if it's just for the moment. That's a start right? Taking baby steps to shoo the self-doubt out of our own way.
Let's all do an exercise together - if you'll indulge me. Using the letters of your first name, turn them all into positive words about yourself: it can be personality traits, looks, physique, whatever, maybe even a little bit of everything that you DO like about yourself. Not about the day or the week. Not about things you enjoy, but about YOU.