I don’t give up easily. I’m persistent. I’m as tenacious as a migraine. I’m a survivor. I won’t let this stop me. I am a winner!
You’ve heard those words before; maybe you’ve even said them. They’re positive affirmations, sentences loaded with confidence. I use these kinds of sentences every day. I say them out loud, write them down, say them again.
It took me a long time to get to the point where I believe in myself and my abilities. Getting there took encouragement from family and friends, even therapy. These people helped, but nobody else could believe in me for me. Nothing they could do or say could make me believe that I was a valid person with potential. I barely believed it myself when I took a step forward and decided to start a Facebook page for my art. That’s because confidence comes from doing.
Unless you step out and actually take initiative on your dreams, they don’t have a chance of coming true. Right now, things aren’t going exactly the way I thought they would, with my plans. Still, I’m persistent and I’ll keep on trying. Even if things don’t work out the way that I would like them to, I still tried.
Being persistent might mean looking fear of rejection in the face and saying, “So what, let them think what they want to think about me, say what they want to say. It’s not stopping me from going after my dreams”. Or, It might mean making an investment of time, and/or money. Either way, it’s a risk. You get up, every day, deciding that you’re going to keep on trying.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from suffering with chronic pain, it’s that I’m tough. I won’t let a little roadblock get in the way of my dreams. I’m persistent. I can’t make you believe in yourself. Only you can believe in yourself enough to make the positive changes you might need to in your life. I can only share my story with you, hoping that I gave you something worth reading, that will help you in your life.
Believe in who you are. You are a valid person with the right to go after your dreams. Be persistent and never give up. Write these words down, post them where you’ll see them, and say them often. (Even if, right now, you don’t believe them.) There is power in the spoken word:
I don’t give up easily.
I’m as tenacious as a migraine.
I’m a survivor.
I won’t let this stop me.
I am a winner!