We’ve all heard the saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” This is usually advice that’s supposed to guide how we treat others. But, honestly it should also guide the way we treat ourselves. We may think that the way we respond and interact with others is important (it most certainly is), but what we internalize and embrace in our individual minds and spirits is just as significant. It’s true that we all need that time of reflection to discern those areas of our lives that could use some improvement, but we should not get in the habit of being overly critical of ourselves and/or allowing guilt and disappointment from our decisions to poison our confidence and self-worth. It’s very easy to tell yourself you can’t do something or you’re not good enough. And sometimes we speak negatively about ourselves without even realizing that’s what we’re doing. All of that negative energy slowly begins to invade our hearts and rest in our minds as if it has a place there. But, just as we should make it a point to uplift and build others, we should also speak life, positivity, and triumph in our own lives. Anything you allow to grow and manifest in your mind will ultimately take root in your actions. You are imperfect, but important. You are unique, but not invisible. And how you see and think of yourself is power.