The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of affirmations is the cliché scene of a guy waking up in the morning and looking in the mirror saying, “I am strong, I am courageous, I am handsome.” It’s that little morning pep talk that puts the fire in the soul.
A good friend of mine named Mike; career mentor, stellar athlete, and lunch mate told me to come up with a few affirmations that would help get through the run (all 26.2 babbbby). It took me 2 weeks to come up with 5 that meant something to me, but they came in handy and gave me the mental strength to push through.
Below are the 5 affirmations that helped me through 26.2
- Do it for Bruce (family friend who has cancer)
- Think like the navy (people in the navy learn to break big tasks down so that they can celebrate mini victories)
- This pain is fueling my run
- If people can do Ironman’s I can do a marathon
- I trained for this
This got me thinking, what if I used affirmations during different times in the week? What about during hard workouts? Stressful events? Bad habits? Or times when pushing for change?
A few new affirmations have come to mind:
- This too shall pass
- One thing at a time
- Be well
- I deserve this
- There are NO excuses
- You are loved
- You are DOING this
- Be present
What are some affirmations that would help you power through?
Maybe they can be uplifting for times when you feel burdened or maybe they can be mindful to get you on your way to being better, healthier, and stronger.