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“It is the small doubts of timid souls that accomplish their ruin. It is the narrow vision, the fear and trembling hesitation, that constitute defeat.” – Alice Foote MacDougall

If you missed yesterday’s ‘Lifeclass,’ you missed a treat. During the show, Oprah and Pastor Joel Olsteen talked about changing your live by switching how you speak to yourself. Why? Negative talk can drag you down faster than any enemy.

I’ve struggle with self-doubt my entire life. When I was in school pulling in A’s, I’d chalk it up to being lucky rather than smart, and when I started writing more in college and people would tell me they liked my work, I thought they were just being nice. At every turn I discounted my abilities and told myself I was not special or different or talented. I just got lucky.

These types of thoughts can be destructive. Every time we tell ourselves we are not good enough, are too fat, too skinny, too slow, too loud, too unworthy we cement these things in our life. Instead of opening up spaces for breakthroughs, we are closing the doors of opportunity.

So let’s switch it up. Starting from today let’s speak positivity and self-acceptance into our lives. Even if you don’t feel worthy at the moment, tell yourself you are valuable anyway. Tell yourself: “I am strong, I am beautiful, I am capable, I am resilient, I am powerful”—or any other thing you really want to be underneath your doubts.

Once we build a habit of speaking positivity in our lives we will notice that the obstacles won’t seem as daunting and the opportunities will begin rolling in.

Say something nice to yourself, Clutchettes.

Happy Monday! 

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  • Gell0h0h

    Love it! That has been a goal of mine recently- positive self talk. It becomes so easy to downplay talents and skills for the sake of being humble. But there is nothing wrong with recongnizing who you are and your capabilities. There’s a difference being humble and simply boasting and gloating. Thanks – bookmarking this one!

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  • Echi

    Oh, wow – thanks for the reminder about the LifeClass. Planned to watch it, but Sundays get overwhelming with family. About to watch the “I Am” sermon now.

  • Laugh

    Loved! That Pastor Joel Osteen was on her show last night! His sermons and books are amazing! So happy he will be on again next week!!! I’m hoping Oprah gives him a show!

  • JNoire

    Thank you for this!