Though I playfully wrote the title of this post, this is a serious and powerful affirmation because it’s only through self-reliance–taking faithful responsibility for your course–that you reinstate yourself as the CEO of your life.
“Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is the ultimate reward.” – Patricia Sampson
Sure, there are going to be times when you don’t even know who you’re supposed to be. That’s really okay! It’s okay to be confused about who you are and what you’re meant to be doing, so long as you can let go of the belief that you should know. Let go of the should element of not knowing, find a way to enjoy the process, and you’ll find out who you are.
You’re in the process of becoming who you really are, anyways.
It might take some stumbling around in the woods, feeling lost and alone, in order to realize that you have a lot more power over the course of your life than you’ve previously given yourself credit for.
This is an affirmation for the thing that’s going to free you to live your life with a richer passion; that thing is called self-reliance. It means depending on yourself for your quality of life, taking ownership of how you experience your experiences. There is freedom in this.
I am the Captain of My Ship
I may not know the answers, and I may not see the whole trail, but a ship can never do what a ship was made to do if it never sets sail.
The life I love isn’t the one in which I do everything that’s expected of me, where I believe what I believe solely because it’s something everyone else believes. Not everyone will see things as I do, or feel what I feel or think what I think, but only the belief that they should can cause me pain. I walk my own path, because it’s mine to walk.
I will not let external forces dictate what I know to be true in my own heart. I will not allow others to tell me what is best for my life. This is about being myself, and recognizing that no one else can do that for me.
I’m prepared to create my own genre and my own theme of living a life true to oneself; no one else can write my story. This is my life, and my life will reflect me, nobody else.
I know that I cannot change anything until I own my power to change the course I’m on. Taking responsibility for my path is a gift of love from myself, to myself.
I Point No Finger of Blame
I will not be dissuaded, and my vision will not be dismantled by what others may think of me.
I don’t blame anyone else for the way my life is, even if they’ve had a significant impact on my journey. This is ultimately the journey that I am walking with my own two feet.
When I stop pointing my finger at others, waiting for them to have compassion for me, to validate my suffering, to comfort me, or to show me the way, it’s because I have not been showing myself the attention I seek. I have not been showing up in my entirety. That was me hoping for an awareness I had not been offering myself.
Blaming my situation and the people around me for how I feel and how I live robs me of joy and prosperity.
I am no longer a victim, and I plant myself firmly in my own power to change my life for the better. I wield this power to transform any fears or resentment or regret that I have; I free myself from attachment to others, and to my circumstances, and I recognize my power to create a new reality.
My responsibility gives birth to possibility.
In a world that tries to dictate my happiness, I choose to rely on myself for how happy I can be.
No matter what’s happening, no one but me can determine what I choose to think.
My Self-Reliance Gives Me Wings to Fly
I cannot be trampled upon when I walk the path that has been preserved just for me.
I am rooted in trust: I believe in myself and the possibilities that I’m capable of realizing. I ultimately rely on myself, and no external forces, to create opportunities for new growth. Self-reliance is the internal force that drives me to be who I must be.
By choosing to live in the world in a new way, I develop the spiritual power to invoke the world I wish to live in.
When I see opportunities instead of obstacles, doors open. When I look out into the world, I’m not responsible for what I’m looking at, but for what I see. The choices I make are ultimately my own responsibility.
The price of flying is giving myself permission to spread my wings.
I realize that it’s me, and no one else, who has the ultimate power to determine the quality of my life. When I approach the world with a self-reliant attitude, my whole reality becomes malleable, bendable. There’s healing in this way of living. There’s freedom.
Please share your thoughts, lessons learned in your own journey, and any inspiring stories of self-imposed growth with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who might appreciate some friendly encouragement.
Be your own person.
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