{Creativity Series} Why You Need A List of Affirmations

{Creativity Series} Why You Need A List of Affirmations

Blue skies with fluffy clouds, smiling photos floating by depicting a mild-mannered man in pastel clothing … that’s the beginning of the early ‘90s Saturday Night Live skit, “Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley.”

Stuart has repeated the iconic “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” phrase so often that, though I may not have heard it since 1992 or so, it still rolls off my tongue, smooth as silk {along with a whole host of Wayne’s World, Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, and Matt Foley Motivational Speaker one-liners}.

While the skit pokes fun at affirmations — with Stuart often breaking down into a whiny, negative mess — I’ve been coming to terms with my need for more affirmation and less negativity.

In fact, I’ve found that affirmations are one of the most important tools I have in my creativity arsenal.

Used regularly, affirmations both spur and sustain creativity. –>Tweet This!

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As moms, struggling to make our artistic ends meet, affirmations give us a sense of spaciousness, of possibility:

  • Because, yes, we’ve probably reconciled our calendar with our to-do list, and see that we have a negative time balance.
  • Because, yes, we are so exhausted when do have a moment to ourselves that we don’t know if we even have the energy to make a creative start.
  • Because, yes, we live in a culture that values perfection over love, honesty, and connection — and we are bombarded with those images and messages hourly and that makes us get in our own way — big time.

So, rather than viewing what’s lacking, we speak of what’s abundant. Rather than calculating how we can fit one more thing in, we trust in God. And, rather than measuring ourselves by this world’s yardstick, we learn to divinely re-calibrate our expectations.

So, I challenge you. Pick the areas of your life you are the most unhappy with, the stumbling blocks to your creativity — whatever irks or frustrates or constrains you. And, turn it around.

I’ll go first.

I don’t have time to be creative because I have so much work to do around the house. Plus, I have a child with a chronic condition and a fiery three-year-old who’s just given up nap. It’s just too hard to be creative. I simply don’t have the time most days. And, I often don’t have the energy. And, having quit my freelance job, I certainly don’t have the money. I don’t exercise enough or eat well enough, or spend enough time with God. I have a hard time keeping up with this blog. How can I pursue other creative projects when my house and personal life is just a mess most of the time?

{See what a huge torrent of negativity you’ll let loose upon your unsuspecting journal/computer screen! Go at it. Get it all out.}

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Now is the fun part. Turn it around:

  • I will honor the gifts of creativity God has given me by trusting that He will provide the time, energy, and resources I need for my artistic pursuits.
  • I will entrust the demands of mothering to God, releasing my worry over my kids’ safety and health and upbringing into His gracious hands.
  • I will relinquish my firm grip on perfectionism and instead grasp the truth that I am enough, here and now, if I am close to God
  • I will make creating a priority in my life.
  • I will try to do one creative thing each day.
  • I will realize that it is okay to be in process.

firmly believe that we can all benefit from actively speaking positivity into our lives–>Tweet This!

So, write up your own affirmations, and, if you feel so inclined, share one {or more} of them in the comments. Type {or write or illustrate} them, print them out and tape them on your mirror, or bulletin board, or car dashboard, or the windowsill over your sink {or all four}.

Because we all need reminders.

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 This post was gladly shared with Jennifer Dukes Lee’s Tell His Story and Jen’s Soli Deo Gloria at Finding Heaven Today.



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  1. Love this! What encouragement!
    Kristin Taylor recently posted..{God-sized Dreams} Right here, right nowMy Profile

  2. Even if I take a whole week off of writing, or tear out the same knitted bonnet twelve times, or waste all of rest/naptime on random internet trolling, I still need to live life and make mistakes because those things help me to get the focus off creativity and onto real relationship. After all, relationship is what spawns creativity, eh?
    Melissa Ann recently posted..Motherhood Dreams for our ChildrenMy Profile

  3. Robin Meyers :

    Yep, this is me too! You know my one word focus for the year: “Positive”… I love the daily reminder of the word and what I am trying to incorporate more in my life by the lovely illustrated photos that I received as a gift 😉 But I stumble, I fall almost on a daily basis with this. I find too much negativity in our world, my life, at work, on my daily commute, running errands. I have found that if I take a moment, and a deep breath, and have a quick chat with God about this my attitude usually rights itself.

  4. Thanks for including what your negative thoughts are. That makes me feel more normal about the things that overwhelm me! This is great advice.
    Mandy recently posted..Dear Jesus, Remember When…My Profile

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this … and yes, I hear all those same SNL skits in my head as well. I really need to make a list of my own affirmations … lately the whining and exhaustion seem to be winning when it comes to my own creativity.
    Teri Lynne Underwood recently posted..Dear Weary Mom, We’ll Make It!My Profile

  6. I love this post and how it spoke to me! It’s right where I’m at. So grateful for your words 🙂
    Lisa recently posted..When Two Worlds Collide….My Profile

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