Every day is a different day. I think we can all attest to that as fact—some days are rough and difficult. Others are easy going and beautiful. On some occasions it feels like the rain is perfectly timed to our emotions. Yet on others we couldn’t care less about what’s going on outside. It’s a cycle of life—we each face our own challenges, on our own time.
Even if the number of problems and temptations we have seem to spiral out of control, it’s important to remember that we have the ability to shape our mentality. We have the ability to tell ourselves truths, and get ourselves back on to the path we know is destined for us.
Here are five messages we can all tell ourselves to keep ourselves encouraged and uplifted, no matter the outlook of the day ahead.
I’m meant for great things, and I will do those great things.
It may not be now, or even a few days from now, but make no mistake about it: if God has given you a destiny, which He has, and you believe it’s what you want, then you will do it. Sure, it’s going to take a lot of work, and yes, it’s going to be a step-by-step process. But that doesn’t mean you should sell yourself short! Your destiny is ahead of you, so don’t compromise with “ifs”.
You will do what you’ve been called to do!
I’m loved and valued, and that’s fact.
Often times we can feel like there’s no one around to care—no shoulders to lean on, or people to share our frustrations with. We should all know that that sentiment is 1000 times far from the truth! There are always people that love us, and certainly whether we acknowledge it in our state of depression or not, there are people that value us dearly. If the day gets dark, know that there are people that we can believe will stand beside us and share our pain. And there is, of course, a God that always has open arms is and is ready to comfort us, too.
Circumstance doesn’t dictate who I am.
I think something that I have to constantly tell myself, especially now during a losing streak in my dancing, is that whatever my circumstances are—they don’t dictate who I am, or what my identity is. Just because we seem to be “losing” a lot, doesn’t make us a failure or any less of a person. So too, to keep ourselves humble, it’s important we tell ourselves that just because we are “winning” doesn’t make us any better than the next man. We have to believe that our identity is not tied to our worldly ups and downs, and keep an outlook that is solidified and rooted in what we are deep down in our souls.
For me, I know my identity rests in being a walking Christian. For you, it could be the same or completely different. Just make sure that what happens outside of you doesn’t compromise what is inside of you.
There are always positives in my life, I just have be aware of them.
Especially these days, it’s easy for us to jump on the negativity bandwagon. “Oh this is the worst,” or “Why is this happening” are pretty usual statements to be heard wherever we go. Check this out though: wherever there is a shadow, there has to be a light above it. We should keep that in mind as we take steps through the most shadow laden days! No matter what it is that is heavying our hearts—all we have to do is look up and find that bright spot. It’s there, I guarantee it.
We just have to make ourselves aware to it.
Every day is worth taking the next step.
We cannot forget the most crucial piece of advice—every day matters. Every day is another step in our race to the finish line. And just like in any race, no step is a waste of time; no step isn’t worth taking, because that step could be the difference between achieving what we are aiming for, and falling just shy.
Let our races be the kind that are filled with the most determined, love filled, powerful steps we can muster.
Let’s not stop running until we can’t run any longer.
Written by: Michael “Bboy Roach1” Roach