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 Ace

Jessie Ace is the founder of jessieace.com, a website that provides real-world help and advice for people living with chronic health conditions after her own experiences of being diagnosed with MS at 22 years old. She’s also the host of the DISabled to ENabled podcast, author of the ENabled Warrior Symptom Tracker book, founder of the ENabled Warriors community and public speaker.