Chantal Vallée: Strengthen the mind with self-affirmation

In the latest installment of her ongoing series on CBC's Windsor Morning, Chantal Vallée urges everyone to create positive affirmations to strengthen their mind and build their confidence.

Champion basketball coach suggests people build confidence through self-affirmation exercises

Chantal Vallée suggests people start their mornings off right with a fun self-affirmation ritual that will set them up for a successful day.

The five-time national champion head coach of the University of Windsor Lancers women's basketball team has spent a lot of time acting as a coach and a counsellor to her student athletes.

In the latest installment of her ongoing series on CBC's Windsor Morning, she urges everyone to create positive affirmations to strengthen their mind and build their confidence.

Morning affirmations

Everyone understands the power of muscle strength. You train, you get stronger. The same goes for your mind. How do I become mentally strong? How do I become emotionally stable? You train.

I encourage everyone to try morning affirmations. An affirmation is a motivational sentence or positive thought about yourself. It can make all the difference about not only how you start your day, but how the entire rest of your day will unfold.

Affirmations calm your body, release stress and give you large doses of confidence and happiness, especially first thing in the morning.

You can create your own, but here are some affirmations I came up with:

  • I am a happy
  • I am healthy
  • I am at peace with my decisions
  • I am grateful for life
  • I make good eating choices
  • I am confident
  • I am a good person
  • I am excited about today

Using positive affirmations gives you control of your mind and the information it receives. It puts you in the driver's seat and lets you fill it with positive information, which will change you for the better.

Self-fulfilling prophecy

With repetition, affirmations sink into your mind and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Over time, they override any limiting or negative beliefs you may have about yourself.

Sometimes, though, positive affirmations are no match for the overwhelming emotions. That's when I can get overwhelmed with negative self-talk. 

This is when it is most important to combine affirmations with self-love, self-respect, and honesty. On those days when you're not so happy with yourself, try some of these statements:

  • I don't really feel great right now, but I accept myself and I will work at having a great day.
  • I am frustrated by my eating habits, but I do love myself and I will make healthier choices today.
  • I do not love myself today, but I am grateful for life and I am learning to accept myself.

You can script your affirmations with total honesty. There's no naysayers involved because you can be completely honest with your scripted affirmations.

Vallée appears every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. on Radio-Canada's Matins sans frontieres 105.5 FM and 1550 AM and at 8:10 a.m. on CBC's Windsor Morning, 97.5 FM.