Positive affirmations are a popular way to cultivate happiness and peace in life. A positive affirmation is a phrase designed to encourage and inspire you. They are based in truth and short enough to repeat when you need them.
Positive affirmations are especially useful when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or discouraged. One of the common reasons members of the Church experience these feelings is because of perfectionism.
In the scriptures, Jesus tells us to be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect. However, you can take this too far. Instead of an inspiring initiative to do your best, you can wind up feeling like a failure. You work harder and harder, but don’t get anywhere.
If any of this sounds familiar, take a look at these ten positive affirmations. They are inspired by the scriptures and words of the living prophets. Memorize them, study them, write them down, post them somewhere. They are true!
His grace is sufficient.
The grace of Jesus Christ is more than sufficient to cover your sins, your sorrows, and everything in between. We will not reach perfection in this life and any hope of perfection in the eternities would be absolutely impossible without it.
Are you relying and rejoicing in the grace of Christ on a daily basis? If not, these positive affirmation is for you.
Focus on today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
The future is so full of unknowns. It is good to prepare and look forward with hope, but once you start obsessing things get problematic. Matthew 6:34 encompasses this principle: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Are you living in the present moment, focusing on how you can glorify God today? Do you leave the woes and worries of tomorrow to God?
I will not look behind me.
Just as looking too far ahead can get us spinning in circles, so can looking behind us. Maybe we made major mistakes. Maybe we experienced pain or trauma. Whatever it is, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland reminded us that, “The past is to be learned from, not lived in.”
There is nothing you can do to change the past except change yourself and try to move forward. The more you look behind, the more harshly you judge yourself. Are you taking what you need from the past or are you living in it?
We need to ascend together.
A perfectionist goes it alone. You want to have complete control. You also want to hide the shame of your failures, which eat you alive. This isn’t the way the gospel works. Only by working together can we obtain the full glory wants together. Linda K. Burton said, “As covenant-keeping women and men, we need to lift each other and help each other become the people the Lord would have us become.”
Repeat this phrase when you want to open yourself up to help while receiving inspiration on how to help others.
I am not destined to fail.
President Henry B. Eyring said, “No one is destined to fail.” Do you believe that applies to you? Do you live like that is true? Even though we will all fail in small and large ways throughout our lives, our ultimate destiny is to succeed gloriously. Each moment can lead us to that destiny if we all God to work with us and become our best friend.
Heaven is cheering me on.
Do you feel like God is disappointed in you? Do you feel like Jesus expects you to fail? If so, use this positive affirmation. Jesus Christ is our biggest cheerleader. He only wants to encourage and empower us to reach our full potential.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, “Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.”
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Trying to be perfect can become so heavy. It’s important to remember that we can do anything if we have Christ by our side. We may not do it perfectly or the way we want to, but we can do it. This positive affirmation comes from Philippians 4:13.
I am worthy of God’s love as I am right now.
You may often think the love of God and all the blessings of heaven will come as soon as you can reach a certain point. If only you can be enough, in certain ways. Good enough, faithful enough, or strong enough. You are worthy of God’s love right now, just as you are. You don’t have to change a bit to experience it.
President Thomas S. Monson said, “God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.”
I will be compassionate and patient with myself.
A perfectionist is so hard on themselves. Learn to be kind to yourself and not beat yourself up. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, when speaking to the sisters of the Church, “Dear sisters, many of you are endlessly compassionate and patient with the weaknesses of others. Please remember also to be compassionate and patient with yourself.”
Celebrate your successes and ask yourself at the end of each day what is right with you, not what is wrong.
I will enjoy life, not just endure it.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
When we focus on all of our shortcomings, we miss the opportunities to see how God is working in our life. We can’t savor the precious moments of joy and growth. If you find yourself gritting your teeth, use this positive affirmation to refocus on the best parts of life.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.