There aren’t just behaviors that can help you empower yourself, there are also thoughts that will provide you with the empowerment that you seek.

1. I’m not afraid, but excited for what is to come

Your belief should be greater than your fear.

2. It’s up to me to create the life I want.

While the circumstances of life can be cruel, it truly is up to us to shape ourselves and the lives we want to lead. It’s a never-ending process that will continue until the day you die.

3. I am not afraid of failure, I can change the outcome

If you try something new and it doesn’t work out you can still get the outcome you want. All you need to do is assess the situation, determine where you went wrong, and ensure you don’t repeat the same mistake when you repeat the process. The outcome is in your hands.

4. I am happy to embrace a new challenge because I will find a way to overcome the obstacles

Just because you experience a defeat doesn’t mean you have to sit down and feel defeated. You simply get up, dust yourself off, and go again. In fact, experiencing defeats are a necessary part of our growth as humans. It allows us to see who we are when everything is against us because it is how you react to it that shows your true character.

5. There is strength in my vulnerabilities

Vulnerable doesn’t mean weak, you can use your vulnerabilities to fuel your self-belief. In your own vulnerability, you will find empathy, authenticity, and accountability. What could be more empowering than that?

6. I am not my past, I am my present

… and, my future is all about who I might become. There is no magic time machine to take you back to the past to right your wrongs or correct your mistakes. Nor can you fast forward to see how the future works out. Your future you will be shaped by who you are in the present and the present you is where your focus should be.

7. My words express me, my beliefs and my values

Do you know what your core values are? Because it is those values and your beliefs that shape your actions, your words, and the habits that you make. In the end, they play a major role in helping you shape your destiny.

8. I am on a learning journey that should never end

If you’re not learning at least one new thing a day then you’re doing something wrong. Seek knowledge, no matter how much you know, how many degrees you have, or how clever you think you are. You should constantly look to better yourself by gaining new knowledge.

9. I am not perfect, I may make mistakes, but I strive to be the best me I can be.

Everyone is guilty of making mistakes. Everyone will struggle with their own issues and there isn’t a single person among us that don’t have regrets over past actions or words. However, you are not the sum of your mistakes, nor are you defined by the struggles you have experienced, or your past indiscretions.

10. I dream big and continue reaching for what may seem impossible.

You should feel free to dream impossible dreams, just make sure you create milestone goals and achievements to keep yourself motivated and empowered. If you only dream about the impossible, it will be frustrating work to get there.

Start practicing these thoughts daily and see how much change they create in you and your behaviors. Don’t be afraid to look yourself in the mirror when you do it or repeat them as you face an obstacle.