So, how are you digging this Homeschool Mom Mindset Challenge: How to Make Affirmations Work for You?
Need to catch up? Find out more in:
- introduction to this challenge
- STEP 1: What are Affirmations? + FREE Printable cards.
- STEP 2: Free Self-Assessment Printable to Track Growth through Affirmations
By now, you've learned about the power of affirmations and how you can use to cultivate a growth mindset as a homeschool mom. You've also discovered the value of tracking your progress via self-assessment and how that can help you stay the course, even if life throws you lemons.
But, you're not done yet! To fully reap the benefits of making affirmations work for you, you need to learn how to select an affirmation that will work for what's going on now. There's no need for you to focus your positive energy on acceptance if you're struggling with anxiety, right?
The Value When You Select an Affirmation with Care
When you select an affirmation to best fit your current need, you're doing a few amazing things.
- Acknowledging your current struggle
- Giving a name to that struggle
- Specifying your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with that struggle
- Determining what it is about that struggle that you don't like
- Figuring out what how you'd like things to be when that struggle is gone
These steps may take place in a flash, getting sorted out with ease.
Other times, you may need to dig a bit deeper to truly discover what's going on behind the struggle.
In either case, your attention to the struggle makes you stop and recognize that something is not working for you. If it's not working for you, then it most likely is working against you. And you want to do something to feel better!
How to Reduce the Overwhelm & Select an Affirmation
So, you may feel like you have 553 things that are holding you back in your homeschool. I get it. Being a homeschool mom means you have a lot going on in your life 😉
How do you pick just one thing to work on out of that 553? I know how all that's going on in your mind can feel like a beast. But, I assure you that you CAN narrow it down to just one thing-and it will make your affirmation journey so much more powerful!
Move from 553 to one by doing a brain dump. I talk about using brain dumps with kids here but this information is applicable for adults, too.
A brain dump in preparation for selecting an affirmation for your homeschool life is simply taking all the thoughts and feelings that pop into your head in the next 10-15 minutes and putting them on paper (or you can use a voice recorder). Step away from your work for at least five minutes and then come back. Read (or listen) to your work and highlight the words or phrases that jump out at your related to the biggest struggle in your life.
Narrow down to only three things. Out of those three, pick the one struggle that is the biggest block to enjoying your homeschool life. That one struggle is where you're going to focus your affirmation. Boom!
Finding it hard to narrow it down to just one thing? Pop your questions or comments below and we can work on it together 🙂
Select an Affirmation: Possible Struggles to Address
As long as you follow the basics for creating an affirmation, your word choice is up to you. Remember, use words that have personal meaning to you and help you feel strong and confident. You can use the free printable homeschool mom affirmation cards found in Step 1 or create your own.
When you select an affirmation, look back to your work on your Self-Assessment for Growth. Ask yourself what's going on now and how do you want to feel in the future.
For example, you might be a complete stress ball right now. So many to-dos and you feel like your kids saying "Mom!" won't stop ringing in your ears. You'd like to feel calm and in control. Your affirmation selection may be, "I am a pillar of calm. I exude serenity & peace.".
Or perhaps you easily get sucked into your kids' cray-cray? Super high energy and fussing over every little thing. That's a different form of stress. You know that you're an adult and would like to remain neutral, calm, and in control. You may select an affirmation like, "I am my own being. I choose calm in chaos.".
The free printable affirmations for homeschool moms cards have five themes to help you focus on:
- Self-Worth & Value
- Confidence & Acceptance
- Positive & Fun
These themes can help you deal with struggles like:
- Lack of Confidence
- Negative Self-Talk
- Power Struggles
- Feeling Stuck
The list could go on and on. If there's an area that you struggle with in your homeschool, you can create an affirmation to help with that.
If you find that you're struggling to select an affirmation that can work for you now, please leave your questions and concerns in the comments below. I'll be happy to help you craft a powerful affirmation 🙂
Oh, and please share your final selection for the affirmation that you'll be using now! It's so helpful to share your goal and know that others are working towards similar achievements.
And please share this Homeschool Mom Mindset Challenge with a mom that you know could use a boost in her homeschool life. It's always better with friends 🙂