Affirmations to Remind Yourself That You Are Enough

Holding our attention on these five affirmations can help us develop self-compassion and learn to let go of perfection.

I’m the founder of the Right Within Experience where we herald and celebrate the power of reclamation, the spirit of Sankofa, an Adinkra symbol, and Akan word from Ghana that essentially means go back and get it. Our time together is to support you with affirmations to remind yourself and reclaim the disparate pieces of yourself, calling yourself back to yourself, so that you can have the life of clarity, calm, and well-being that you desire. Today we will work with the concept of “You Are Enough” in our pursuit of happiness, excellence, and dare I say—perfection.

You Possess a Unique Identity

We can feel really overwhelmed, unworthy, not up to the task, or not enough to meet the challenges of life. There is nothing like comparison and a diminished sense of worthiness to suck the joy out of life. If you have a twenty dollar bill and you crumple it up, it gets faded in the laundry, or passing through fifty to a hundred hands. At the end of the journey it’s still worth twenty dollars, its worth has not changed. It is not our experience that defines us, it’s our identity that defines us. You are a unique and perfect expression of life. No one before you and no one after you, is like you. Your journey is composed of experiences and the things you think, do, and pay attention to with consistency. Your worth and value is in the domain of the sacredness of what it is to be a human being. You are enough. 

The Five Affirmations to Remind Yourself

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Today we will hold our attention on five affirmations that can help us be more compassionate to ourselves, improving the unique human experience we are having. 

  1. Sit and find your breath. Sitting in an upright relaxed position, feet flat on the floor, please drop your gaze or close your eyes. Find the breath, the faithful friend that it is, notice that you are breathing. Take a deep breath in, and out.
  2. Three breaths together. Now let’s take three deep breaths in and out together. Breathing in, breathing out. Breathing in positivity, breathing out and letting go of old stale air and stale stories. Let’s do that again. Breathing in, breathing out. Letting go of old stale air and stories. Breathing in, breathing out. Sitting with our attention on the breath. Relax the body, drop your shoulders, and be still. 
  3. Affirmations. Read these to yourself, taking a deep breath at the end of each sentence. I am a human being full of life and possibility, no one else is like me. I have a right to make mistakes and recover. I love myself unconditionally. I do not need anyone else’s approval to love and be kind to myself. Sometimes I do not know. It is OK not to know. What is not known is an invitation to be curious and to discover. I do my best. I let go of the rest.
  4. Breathe and return. Bring your attention to the breath. If your mind wanders off, come back to the home base of the breath. Gently and easily, on the next breath, open your eyes and return to the space. 

For your homework, or should I say for your life work, I’d like you to do this affirmation breathing in moments when you feel overwhelmed—breathe in, “I do my best,” breathing out, “I let go of the rest.” Do that right before you go to sleep at night, you did your best, you let go of the rest. Tomorrow is a new day.

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Jenée Johnson

Jenée Johnson is the Program Innovation Leader: Mindfulness, Trauma, and Racial Equity at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.