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Affirmation for Thursday, August 31, 2023

I am who I believe I am.

First things first: the way we talk to ourselves matters. This inner dialogue, often called self-talk, shapes our self-perception. If we're feeding ourselves a narrative that we can't do something, it often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, when we empower ourselves with positive self-talk, we're more likely to take actions that reinforce this positive self-image.

Here's an interesting concept to consider—the "perception-action loop." Psychologists use this term to describe the cycle where your beliefs about yourself guide your actions, and then those actions feed back into your self-beliefs. Think of it as a feedback loop that can either propel you forward or hold you back, depending on the narrative you're subscribing to.

Of course, it's important to ground ourselves in reality. Some things about us are fixed, like height or other physical characteristics. However, many aspects of who we are—like our confidence, our resilience, and even our leadership abilities—are much more malleable. These are the areas where belief and action can make a tangible difference.

So how can you make this concept actionable? Start by paying attention to the stories you tell yourself. Are they helping or hindering your progress? Challenge the beliefs that hold you back and begin to take small, calculated actions that align with a more empowering view of yourself. And remember, it's okay to stumble; setbacks are another opportunity to refine your self-view and grow.


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