Science has long touted the benefits of reciting self-affirmations and directing these words at yourself in the mirror.
The practice of acknowledging yourself first thing in the morning and filling your body with confidence-boosting sentiments motivates you throughout the day.
How you feel about yourself is most important. And to be frank, no one is going to believe your bullsh*t if you don't, either.
So you've got to come to peace with the person you are and remind yourself daily of that path.
The day starts with you.
But sometimes you need a little more inspiration, so here’s what 14 super aspirational and confident women tell themselves in the mirror every morning.
Drew Barrymore, owner of Flower Beauty
“I do need to get dressed more. Even just putting jeans and a t-shirt on seems so dressy to me. It's pajamas and sweatpants with kids for like, so much of the morning and all of a sudden it's like 11 or noon and you're still in that saggy outfit and you're like, ‘Just put a bra on.’ And a jean. And Step. It. Up.
“I have to tell myself in the morning every day that I have to do everything I can that day. I know it's 5 in the morning and the monitor is going off, but you get up and you rock it with the kids and you go. And then, the phone starts ringing and the work starts pouring in and your husband’s like, ‘Can we go out to dinner?’ and I'm like, ‘…Of course we can, honey! Yes! Of course!’
“You just try to hit that pillow at night like a sack of potatoes thinking, ‘I tried to give everyone I loved as much as I could and make them happy.’“
Robin Moraetes, CEO and Cofounder of DreamDry
“Every morning I look in the mirror and say that today is going to be a glamorous day. Glamour has so many meanings to me, it’s an essential part of the way I help other women feel at DreamDry and reminds me to make sure each day is exciting, special and fabulous.”
Logan Rich Chabina, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at EMM Group
“Every day I remind myself to be grateful for what I have and work harder for what I want. Choose happiness, and then go out and make it happen.”
Amy Sacco, Partner at No.8
“My daily mantra comes from a few different famous quotes and odes.”
“‘Stay focused. Stay positive. Keep your chin up and your feet on the ground. Do a good deed for another in need, and remember that it takes only one small step forward each day to effect change!’
“This is usually accompanied by a very loud blast of festive favorite tunes… ‘Staying Alive’ (Bee Gees); ‘I Want to Rock and Roll All Night’ (Kiss); ‘Rocky Theme or Killer Queen’ (Queen); ‘America’ (Neil Diamond) or what I am listening to right now… ‘YMCA’ by the Village People!!!!”
Wende Zomnir, Chief Creative Officer and Cofounder of Urban Decay Cosmetics
“You better get to the gym this morning or things are gonna get ugly! Go! (Seriously, I go because it serves me on many levels… and it’s good for my family because if I’m healthy, I’m not a burden to them).”
Jenny Fleiss, Cofounder and Head of Business Development at Rent the Runway
“Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the ride.”
And, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”
Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, L'Oréal Paris Consulting Dermatologist
“Every morning I tell myself that every day is precious. You must savor each second, especially your children. Kiss them, hug them and tell them how special they are!”
Sarah Ahmed, Creative Director & Zahra Ahmed, Director of International Business Development at DL1961 Premium Denim
“Navigating through this industry as sisters makes it both exponentially easier and harder, but the result is having someone who understands exactly what you’re going through, empathizes with you, but still tells you to get it together and be exceptional anyway.”
Linda Boff, Executive Director of Global Brand Marketing of GE
“I love the theatre and often have a song going through my head. One that I frequently turn to in the morning as a motivator is the song ‘Defying Gravity,’ from ‘Wicked.’ It always picks me up and reminds me to trust myself and my gut rather than conventional wisdom.”
Alexandra Chong, Founder of Lulu
“I’m like a dog with a bone. I never give up.”
Elana Drell Szyfer, CEO at Laura Geller Beauty
“I have to make tough calls every day. I always try to be fair — I consider the business aspects, the personal elements, the emotional repercussions. A very close friend once said to me, ‘Elana, you can never go wrong by doing right.’ And what she meant was, just do the right thing, and it will work out.
“I say that to myself now all the time. Another thing that my mother taught me was, ‘You have to wake up every day and look yourself in the mirror.’ What it means is, make decisions you can live with — you have to answer to yourself.”
Samantha Marquart, Studio Manager at Windmark Recording
“My grandfather always used to say, ‘May your every day be the first day of summer, and the beginning of a great adventure,’ which is something I try to remind myself of daily. It is important to be passionate about whatever you do day in and day out, both in life and in business.
“True success is following the dreams that make you happy and discovering a way to find happiness in each day.”
Jennifer Halliday, Chief Business Development Officer at The Wakaya Group/Wakaya Perfection
“Each day I try to remind myself of two simple, yet important, keys to living a successful life. First, it’s important to always stay grounded and ensure that you are measured and realistic in your goals for the day.
“Second, don’t let that keep you from dreaming big and reaching for the stars. Anything is possible with hard work, commitment, passion and dedication, so while it is important to remain true to yourself, always strive for greatness.”
Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder of Lumoid
“I like this quote by Michael Jordan, ‘Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.'”
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