WEEK ELEVEN CHALLENGE - ENDS 03.19.2011
MAIN CHALLENGE: Revisit Week Two Affirmations
What worked, what didn’t? Share some of the successes and challenges you had related to your affirmations during PUSH.
My Week 2 affirmations were:
"I will train for my 8k with joy, and eagerly anticipate each training session. I will push through the hard parts and just know that those parts will make my run easier in the race. I will finish the race easily and with a smile on my face. I see myself crossing the finish line with Jenn and drinking that free beer afterward. I will train to be AWESOME."
These affirmations really helped me, and got me out of my corner of fear and to start training for my 8K. I saw the 8K as something that I truly could not do – if you had seen me last year, dead last in that race, not even walking through the finish line because I was so embarrassed – you might understand. But that is not who I am NOW.
Writing those affirmations gave me courage and strength that I didn't know I had. I do believe that sometimes if you "fake it", you do make it. Truly. I think that may be what affirmations are all about. Writing down our dreams, hopes, diminishing our fears, sort of like a flashlight in the dark. And if we say them enough, we start to believe them, and act on that belief. We start to become who we want to be.
I am not done with my training yet and I’ve already run my 8K distance. This is so awesome to me, and inspiring. Not only did I run this distance, I ran it at a much faster pace than I’ve ever run. This shows me that ANYTHING is possible.
BONUS: Look Forward
Create two new affirmations for other areas you would like to improve/enhance this spring.
I am not defined by mistakes that I’ve made. I am not who I was, I am being remade. I am NEW. I am chosen and holy and I am dearly loved. Dreams DO come true. I am going to break these chains that bind me.
I will give up who I thought I was and who I thought I had to be, because neither of them believes that I can be MORE. And I can. I will no longer live in the shadows of shame, believing that I can’t change. Because God doesn’t see me the way that I do. He sees me as so much more.
(both new affirmations inspired by and have lyrics by Jason Gray's song "I Am New")
His video and full lyrics can be viewed at the link below, I highly recommend it.