A Powerful Lesson in How to Shine Your Light Every Day

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Always choose to shine. Do you hesitate to share your light with the world? Try working with a simple daily affirmation: I shine brightly. See how it changes your perspective.

A few years back, I ditched the idea of New Year’s Resolutions in favor of a Word of the Year. The goal was to consider all of my actions for the year based on how they related to that particular word. My word of 2020 was “Shine” because I’ve always believed that no matter who we are, we all deserve to shine. And if I didn’t apply that to myself, well, who was I to encourage others to shine?

Affirmations are powerful. An affirmation such as this is a way to internalize our thoughts and feelings and help change our beliefs and behaviors. It helps us improve in the ways that we seek to grow. The more we internalize the idea that we shine brightly, the more we truly give off that beautiful glow.

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What is an Affirmation?

An affirmation is a simple sentence or phrase that is used to manifest a particular outcome.

In the example for today, we use the affirmation “I shine brightly” in order to train our minds to behave in a way that corresponds to the statement.

In other words, by stating that we are someone who shines brightly, we can create a belief that we are someone who is worthy of attention, love, and appreciation. We are someone who shares our gifts with others. And we are someone who approaches life with positivity. This in turn helps us to change our behavior to match these beliefs.

How Can We Use Affirmations?

The easiest way to use an affirmation is simply by repeating it.

Ideally, you will want to repeat it, out loud, at least ten times in a row. More complex affirmations (those you aren’t quite convinced are accurate for you) may take additional repetitions. But for a simple statement such as “I shine brightly”, ten times should be an excellent start.

To increase the impact, speak your affirmation out loud into the mirror. As you gaze at your own image, visualize that person you see as someone who shines brightly. Believe that is who you are.

Additional Ways to Use Affirmations

Spoken Affirmations

Repeating an affirmation ten times in a row is a good start. But there are many other ways to use an affirmation that will help you more deeply internalize it.

Try saying it every hour, on the hour, for an entire day. Set a timer on your watch or phone.

Written Affirmations

Write the affirmation down over and over in a notebook or journal.

Write it on a sticky note and place it on your computer, bathroom mirror, on a door at eye level, or anywhere you will see it regularly.

Jot notes in a journal each time you behave in a way that matches your affirmation. This is an excellent way to ensure that you are practicing your chosen way of being, and not just reading the words.

Write it on a card and place it in a pocket. Each time you place your hand in that pocket, you’ll be reminded of the card, and the words on it.

hands cupping rock on which is painted the words:  Shine Bright, daily affirmation.

Other Ways to Use Affirmations

Meditate on what exactly the affirmation means to you. How can you make it an integral part of who you are? What does that look like in daily practice?

Determine 3-5 ways you will act out your affirmation throughout the day.

If you wish to expand your affirmation of “I Shine Brightly”, here is some supporting wording you may wish to read, write, and recite:

A Daily Affirmation: I shine brightly.

I am beautiful inside and out. I strengthen my body, mind, and spirit. I see that I have value. I am always growing, learning, and changing, and I celebrate my experiences.

I eat nutritious whole foods and I exercise regularly. I manage stress and sleep well. I am healthy and fit. I take responsibility for my health and wellbeing.

I value my family and my friends. These are the people who know me best, and I share my positivity and joy with them. I develop close and mutually supportive relationships. I am a loving partner and a devoted friend.

I validate others’ feelings and experiences, even when they conflict with my own. I recognize that we all deserve respect as humans, and that with humanity, naturally there is independence and difference of opinion. I respect the right of others to disagree with me, but I do not need to change my beliefs to accommodate them. There is room here for many perspectives.

I earn trust.

I build community. I watch out for my neighbors and make the effort to sustain positive relationships with them. I support businesses in my town. I donate my time and money to local charities. I am respectful and inclusive.

I do meaningful work. I strive to continue learning and growing, and I work to increase my job satisfaction. I collaborate with my colleagues. I develop my talents and use them to help others. I set realistic and challenging goals. I take pride in the work that I do.

I practice random acts of kindness. I demonstrate generosity, compassion, and courtesy. I hold doors for strangers and offer a bit of small talk if someone seems lonely or tense. I strive to bring a smile to the faces of others daily.

I continue to learn and grow. I read books and take courses online. I travel near and far. I talk with others about their interests and hobbies and am open to new experiences. I do not limit myself to only what is already familiar.

I make my world a happier and friendlier place. I feel hopeful and fulfilled. I spread joy and peace and positivity.

Today, I shine brightly.

Shine, written in gold glitter on the end of sticks, daily affirmation I shine brightly

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. What does it mean to me to “shine”?
  2. How does giving to others enrich my own life?
  3. Why is happiness contagious?

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Final Thoughts on A Powerful Lesson in How to Shine Your Light Every Day

What is your experience with affirmations Do you use them often, and have you found them to make an impact on your life? Or are they a new concept for you?

And how do you feel about your ability to shine? Personally, it felt so right as my 2020 word of the year, that I used it again in 2021! Because we really do all deserve to shine, and I don’t mind a bit sharing my glow with everyone.

Shine on!

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