Self-discovery – individual reflection and practical process – 2

Practice 3

Positive affirmations to yourself

 
Description:

Do you get down on yourself easily, sometimes feel like you’re not good enough, and just generally have a negative self image? Most of us tend to be really hard on ourselves and blow things out of proportion, unfortunately this negative thinking becomes habitual and will cause you to automatically block out everything positive.

Positive affirmations help you learn to love yourself. They train your mind to stop over-focusing on the negative and instead start seeing all the wonderful things that make you a beautiful and valuable human being.

More details:

http://www.freeaffirmations.org/love-yourself-positive-affirmations

http://www.lifehack.org/363049/7-positive-affirmations-tell-yourself-every-day

Put it in Practice:

The first thing to do is to get your affirmation. You can use more than one if you want, but it is encouraged to use a limited number of them for a stronger result. Just get the one that is more appropriate, inclusive and has a deeper meaning for you.

You can make your own affirmation or you can get inspired by others. A quick look on the web will really provide you a lot of insights!

Everyday, once you wake up, go to the mirror, look at yourself deep in the eyes and with kindness and acceptance tell yourself the affirmation.

Repeat your affirmation everyday for at least 21 days! The repetition is essential for changing how you speak to yourself!

Be patient and observe the significant changes in your daily life!

Suggestions:

You might find it extremely challenging to give positive affirmations to yourself. However remember! You are your own best friend and the one most important person in your life! Therefore it is so crucial to consider the way you talk and treat yourself daily. Self-judge, guilt and stress can disappear if you are patient enough to complete the exercise! Just think what a huge difference it will make once you start talking to yourself in a more positive way- with more awareness and kindness!

The Self-discovery process – 2 is part of online learning tools for personal and professional development of youth workers. The tool is developed under the project “ACHIEVE” – innovative methods for training and development of youth workers (2016-2-BG01-KA205-023835) funded by European Erasmus + Programme.

This online tool is designed to help you to increase your capacities as a youth worker through personal and professional development. It will lead your process of self-discovery, reflection and self evaluation. It is based on 2 ground-breaking approaches: The Positive Psychology and the Eco-centric development. Both approaches have been tested and proved to be significantly beneficial for older and young people in various areas. They were proven to be supporting both the personal and professional development of individuals by making them feel competent, confident, self-aware, self-motivated, pro-social and active. Moreover, the impact of embracing these 2 approaches has been found to be astonishing especially in the area of learning achievements. These two approaches endorse a holistic method and a new perspective in addressing problems by strengthening the individual to feel good and do good.

The benefits of following the process described in this online tool (by journaling, answering questions, reflecting and experiencing different practices) for you will be:

  1. Personal impact
  • Development of soft skills: communication, active listening, analytical skills, creative thinking, learning to learn, coordination etc.
  • Development of positive attitudes: confidence, self-awareness, motivation, proactive and social involvement, active citizenship and participation, increased self-efficacy, grit, resilience etc.
  • Increase in life-long learning and strive for continuous personal and professional development.
  1. Professional impact
  • Increase in professional capacities: planning and implementing innovative educational practices, and higher quality work.
  • Better addressing the needs of the youth, thus increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of your work.
  • Better career prospects and higher financial stability.
  • New projects and ideas, at local and national level.

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