What Does This Affirmation Mean to You?
This affirmation means the absolute world to me. Being one of the few Latinx professionals in Silicon Valley tech, imposter syndrome is something that I experience all too frequently. When you’re sitting in a meeting and don’t see anyone else of your racial background, it’s very easy to feel like you don’t belong in that room. Whenever I take a moment to quietly tell myself, “I am enough,” it steers me away from tunnel vision and makes me realize that I have accomplished so much in such a short period of time. I’ve worked extremely hard to get where I am today, and I couldn’t have done it without my family and close friends. Telling myself that “I am enough,” brings me great joy because it also feels like I’m channeling positive energy and prayers from my family and loved ones.
When Do You Use Your Affirmation?
I doubt myself a lot, so it’s no surprise that I use this affirmation several times throughout the day. Some examples include: when I wake up in the morning; when I park my car at the office and step outside of my car; when I sit down; when I’m about to lead a meeting; when I’m about to walk into a room where I’m the only Latino present; when I’m about to get onstage and speak in front of an audience; when I’m talking to one of my executives; when I’m in meetings and people are asking me questions about my work. The list goes on and on. My point here is that imposter syndrome is real. To read about it is one thing, to experience it firsthand is completely different experience.
Why Do You Think Positive Affirmations Work?
Positive affirmations work because they force you to think outside of your normal routine. After awhile, life traumatizes us. We get hurt, dishearten, depressed, anxious, etc. After awhile, these negative experiences become our reality, and it’s hard to break out of pessimistic thinking, even if we’re seeing a therapist or taking medication. Positive affirmations are great because they shatter the twisted reality that we sometimes live in (where we think life is hopeless), and it makes us aware of all the positive qualities we possess. (Here’s a small trick: I find it helpful to ask your closest friends for positive affirmations. Take those and write them down on post-it notes. Keep them at your desk to remind yourself of your friends and the love they have for you).