Strength Building Self-Statements
1. What’s the worst that can happen? And based on my experience, and NOT
on my emotions, how likely is that to happen?
2. Feelings are sometimes painful, but are time-limited.
3. It will get easier each time I practice.
4. My success is measured by taking skillful action, not by whether I was
anxious when I did it.
5. I’m not going to let a lapse get in my way. I’m going to continue making
progress towards my goal.
6. Feeling I can’t do it is NOT the same as not being able to do it. Stick to the
7. Good job—I’m staying in the situation, even though it’s hard.
8. I’m going to make it.
9. It’s a sign of strength to ask for help in an effective way.
10. Knowing when to ask for coaching is a skill in itself.
11. I am a unique person, and I have unique reactions. Only I can determine
how I SHOULD feel in any given situation.
12. My feelings are not right or wrong, they just simply ARE.
13. A feeling of certainty is not the same as the truth.
14. My painful emotions happen for a reason and are an important source of
information and direction for me.
15. Urges are a natural part of emotions and of being human. Having an urge
(even a strong urge) does not mean that I have to DO anything at all.