The Power of “I Am”

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own negative thoughts, especially with the number of symptoms we have. Do you ever say something to yourself like, “I am so exhausted today” or “I feel like trash” at least a million times a day?
 
Believe it or not, this is just making a bad situation worse. How?
 
Because our minds are one of the most powerful tools we have. You already don’t feel well physically—telling yourself you feel this way over and over again will only drain you. No, seriously!
 
If you tell yourself you feel tired, you will feel more tired. Tell yourself you’re in pain? You’ll feel more in pain.
 
If you want to manage your symptoms, one important part of it is changing your way of thinking.
 
Try this: instead of telling yourself throughout the day “I feel so tired,” make a conscious effort to say, “I am energetic.” Tell yourself: “I am able to handle anything.”
 
While you may not believe what you’re saying at first, after a while, you’ll notice the effects. It won’t cure MS or your symptoms. But without a doubt, it will change how you see yourself and MS.
 
Don’t believe me? Give it a try for a few weeks and see what happens. The idea is you say it to yourself as many times as you can throughout the day over a period of a few weeks, and you’ll soon start to see a difference.
 
A great tip is to write it on a sheet of paper and stick it to your bathroom wall. Say it to yourself whenever you use the bathroom and see the sheet of paper.
 
These positive “I am’s” that we tell ourselves are actually called affirmations, and this is how affirmations work. Whatever you tell yourself, your mind will follow.
 
Seriously, if you don’t believe me, type it in YouTube all the greatest most successful people do it—if it’s good enough for Bill Gates, it’s good enough for me.
 
Personally, I’ve been using affirmations since around October last year. The difference has been phenomenal.
 
I started them a quiet, self-conscious, nervous person and now 10ish months later, I’m self-assertive and confident with who I am.
 
This year with my business, Dream Wedding Secrets, I decided to challenge myself to do a Facebook live. Every. Single. Day.
 
At first, I cringed. It took ages for me to even press the “go live” button. I was so scared; I had to have everything perfect: my hair, my makeup, my outfit. I was super stuttery and got self-conscious when I lost track of my words.
 
Now? I recently did a Facebook live in my PJs on a Friday night with no make-up on and greasy hair.
 
I don’t care anymore if I mess up my words or if something comes out that I didn’t mean to. My audience knows me for who I really am—that I have MS, and I love that.
 
I don’t really care if nobody even watches because each and every video that I do makes me prouder of myself for having the confidence to do it in the first place.
 
And that is the power of positive “I am.”
 
Oh, and FYI? Me, a person, once too scared of answering the phone? Totally faced confrontation and told somebody off the other day. Go me!
 
Comment below and let me know your “I am” story.
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Jessie

Jessie Ace

Being diagnosed at 22 at the start of her career was hard, but Jess found it in herself to turn things around and use MS as a tool to give people new help and inspiration. She has now made it her life's mission to improve the lives of young people through The Disabled to Enabled podcast, through the Enabled Warriors' Facebook group and her ENabled Warriors Etsy store.

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  • Linda   Jan 3, 2019 2:43 PM
    I am strong. I found a PT program a couple of years ago and have regained much of my lost function and strength though daily stretching and exercise. 8 also started a gratitude journal. Didn’t much believe in it at first but discovered even with a few entries daily 8n the morn8ng, I was looking for things to be grateful for instead of whining in my head about the injustice of MS.

    Not bad at 66 years old.
  • Dee   Jan 4, 2019 7:37 AM
    Jessie - You are an inspiration to others with MS. I love your positive attitude. We actually have a lot in common. I was diagnosed the day before my 22nd birthday and I am also a blogger, vlogger and inspirational speaker. Having MS for 25 years has taught me to embrace life. I have been giving speeches about how we are all "A Work in Progress" and how we need to keep things in perspective. I have even re-defined my MS to mean something more positive. Personally, MS now means, Motivational Spitfire, Modified Swagger and Magnificent Strength. We may not have chosen MS but we can choose how we deal with it. I choose to find the humor in my challenging situations and share my stories on my YouTube channel and my website www.adoseofpositividee.com. A Dose of PositiviDee is my way of sharing smiles, laughter, inspiration and motivation with others. We are all challenged with something but we need to embrace life and continue our "I am" affirmations.
  • Kris   Mar 1, 2019 6:59 PM
    Jessie-
    Love your words of wisdom. The mind is a powerful thing. I totally agree- what you believe you manifest...
    Stay strong and positive. I find strength in gratitude for all the small things in life. Blessings, Kris :)
  • loved32  Apr 8, 2019 11:56 PM
    I think it is amazing that you took positive and turned that in to an way to have more energy which is definitely what I am lacking at the moment. I am going to give it a chance and hope that it too can help me. Thanks so much for sharing this!