Why affirmations rock my recovery

I’ve aways been a ‘bit out there’, interested in holistic living, spirituality and empowering myself and others. I first stumbled upon affirmations during my modelling years when I read a book called Creative Visualisation all about creating the life of your dreams. Even though logically I understood the principles and concepts I wasn’t able to translate it into my own life at the time. I severely lacked self- esteem and the fundamental concept of believeing I deserved the very best life had to offer. At that point I was still operating from a core belief of ‘I’m not good enough’ so in essence this was my affirmation and as such that’s what I chose to attract into my life. I drew people, friends and experciences into my space that reinforced this belief. No matter how many times I told myself that I was beautiful, powerful and capable of success it just would not work. The more I was saying it to myself, the more my addictive mind was reinforcing the opposite: “you’re not beautiful, you’re not powerful and you don’t deserve success”. I lived it wholeheartedly and despite my very best efforts at getting ahead in the modelling game I just was not able to.

I only started understanding the power my deep-seated negative beliefs had on my life when I entered a rehab centre for my alcohol and substance addiction at the age of 24. My counsellor started challenging me and breaking down the false sense of self I had built to survive and I was left with an empty shell! A shell which was operating from a place of negativity, lack and super low self-esteem. It wasn’t until I had crashed that core belief of not being good enough that my relationship with myself and the belief that I was worthy of love, support and success started manifesting themselves as my firm recovery foundation.

My counsellor had given me an affirmation to say in the mirror three times a day. Before breakfast, lunch and supper I had to look myself in the eye and repeat the following affirmation eight times:

My name is Karen,

I am a good person.

I don’t need to please others.

God, teach me to love myself.

At first it was petrifying but slowly over time things started shifting and changing and I was able to experience first hand the power of affirmations.

Today I use affirmations as I see fit and also depending what needs affirmed in my life.

I’ve compiled a list of my favourite affirmations which you can download here.

Use mine or choose your own.

Choose to be the very best version of yourself.

You really are SO worth it.

xxx Karen

8 Responses to “Why affirmations rock my recovery”

  1. Stella Upneck

    Wow! So beautifully written Karen. Your honesty is so refreshing and I identify with so much of your story. I made a declaration over myself at the age of about 12… “I’m not good enough” during a very tough emotional upheaval. I was only reminded of this in my conscious mind about 5 years ago & since then I too have been on a journey of affirmation! (Quite tough at around 50 years young😊) yet I am eternally grateful that I can relate to you and indeed teach my daughters and others who want to learn about how to really love yourself! Bless you Karen and thank you!🌻

    • Karen Thomson

      Dear Stella,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. Isn’t the power of a group amazing, we no longer have to feel alone. We can share things with each other and relate instead of feeling isolated.

      Your daughters are truly blessed to have you.
      xxx Karen

  2. Clare

    Thanks Karen – I’m finding success since joining your challenge by simply seeing myself differently when I go into a food store where there are temptations. “I don’t buy chocolates/sweets/pastries”is what I say to myself, followed closely by “I don’t need them”. For a complete chocolate addict, this has been a milestone – thank you for helping to empower me to find the will power and strength…

    • Karen Thomson

      Hi Clare,
      That is incredibly powerful. Allowing yourself a choice is so important in changing behaviour. Well done for empowering yourself.
      xxx Karen

  3. Nompilo

    Wow,really sometimes false sense of self that brings one person down for very long time,you start thinking more of what others think of you,its always about an extra person.you start doubting yourself seeing yourself not good enough for the things you are best at doing them,you stop trying,you just give up,your space (bedroom)become this grave unhappy place.this really encouraging and its God motivated I am inspired,sometimes one needs to hear such words.

    • Karen Thomson

      Hi Nompilo,

      Thank you so much for your comment. I am glad that you have found some inspiration here.

      You deserve the very best life has to offer.

      Sending you SO much love.

      xxx Karen

  4. Sandy

    I am going to be 74 right after Thanksgiving. I happened across your affirmations while looking for a release from a sugar addiction I’ve had since childhood. I’m 5’6″ & weight ap 195, still looking good when I see others my age in worse condition than myself (I pray for them with compassion). I will be putting your affirmations on my bathroom mirror this evening. Tonight is a good time to start. Thx so much. Sandy


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