Be Your Own Cheerleader

Don’t let others dissuade you

Don’t wait for others to tell you that you are doing a good job; be your own cheerleader.

Too often, we look for external praise and validation. The truth is that if you tie your happiness to others’ approval of you, then you will never be truly happy.

Along with being grateful for what we have, we must also be thankful for who we are. Yes, we are not perfect. In fact, we each have something we could improve upon. The key is to fix what you can, acknowledging and understanding you are not perfect along the way.

When you don’t accept yourself for who you are, you end up beating yourself up with negative talk. The more you do this, the more it becomes second nature, until eventually it is engrained into your self.

Negative self-perception leads to sadness and depression. It moves you from a state of happiness to a state of unhappiness. So, now that you know this, how can you correct it?

Start by reaffirming every morning that you are a child of God, beautiful and worthy of love. Look at what you have accomplished every day and say, well done.

You don’t have to have big heroic acts to be satisfied. Sometimes, getting through the day is an accomplishment all in itself. Celebrate that on a tough day, you made it to the end.

When you do something that makes you smile, say ‘atta girl or atta boy’ and give yourself a high five. Don’t wait for someone to recognize your excellent work. Recognize it yourself. Sometimes, when no one knows the good deeds we’ve done, we feel better.

Everyone has something to be proud of. The more you acknowledge the good things you are doing, the hard things you are surviving is when you begin to realize you are doing a good job. If you do this every day, you will start to reprogram your negative talk to positive talk and do more things that bring the kind of satisfaction you get from doing something well.

Don’t depend on others to recognize your work; it may not happen. Instead, recognize it yourself and be your own cheerleader.

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Published by Leslie Dobson

Leslie has been writing since she was a young child, first with poetry and short stories and later with song lyrics, young adult stories and inspirational sayings. She is a multi-genre author and her blogs and books come when and where the Spirit leads.

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