10 Powerful Affirmations for Those Turning 30

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I turned 29 in 2020, and although it is not exactly a milestone, it got me thinking about how much I have grown and matured over time. As Carrie Bradshaw says, "Your 20s are to make the mistakes." I, too, have made some and learned my lessons. In this article, I discuss 10 powerful affirmations that anyone entering a new decade must remember.

1. Learn to Better Manage Your Time

The way we spend time defines us, so be sure to use it wisely. Unfortunately, prioritizing the more important things in life doesn't come naturally to us. It certainly took me a while, but learning to prioritize has brought significant strides in my life, for which I am grateful.

I no longer get bogged down by unnecessary office work. I know the difference between what's important and urgent. I have also established healthy limits to work smarter, give adequate time to more deserving tasks in hand, and grow professionally.

On the personal front, I have weeded out people who sucked my energy and wasted my time. I am happier and in better control of how I wish to spend my days with the people I love.

2. Under-Promise and Over-Deliver

You can't make everyone happy, so you mustn't try hard, either. Earlier, I used to go out of my way to please people in my life, almost always over-promising them, only to fall short of my promises. Know your limits. Sure, it's nice to make everyone happy, but if your actions are hampering someone else, you must take a step back and evaluate.

3. Collaborate with Others, Never Compete

Competing is a major distraction. It makes you flit from one thing to the other, copying your peers and never giving yourself the chance to discover your voice and capabilities. That could be because you think you're better than others or are afraid of missing out on opportunities. Don't fall into this trap.

Also, steer clear of people who see you as their competition and continuously remind you of it. We are all on individual paths and timelines; if some don't get it, too bad! Join hands with people who are selfless, inspiring, and believe in the spirit of teamwork.

4. Eat Well and Get Adequate Sleep

I am a foodie. If I could marry food, I would. However, over the years, my love for food started to hamper my overall health. I gained weight and started feeling sick. That's when I realized it's so important to strike a balance between healthy eating and exercising. I not only changed my diet but also joined the gym. I have also started going out for walks during the pandemic. Besides, I sleep better, too.

Most people view lack of sleep as a badge of honor. I find that ridiculous! Sleep is vital to recharge your batteries. It helps heal and repair your heart and keeps your mental health in check. Get yourself seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep!

Remember: You can't pour from an empty cup; you must take care of your body.

5. Depression and Anxiety Are Manageable Issues

Many of us have gone down the rabbit hole of depression and anxiety; some of us even further and for longer. However, that doesn't mean receiving help is impossible. Go to therapy, speak to a family member or a close friend, and have faith in yourself to overcome your problems. If life has taught me one thing, it's that there's always light at the end of the tunnel.

6. Choose Your Friends Wisely

If your friends continuously remind you of your past and who or how you were, it shows they are scared of the new you. Befriend someone who applauds your growth and is genuinely happy to see you thrive in life. Block anyone from your life who tries to drag you down. You don't deserve to be treated poorly. Trust me — good things happen when you surround yourself with positive people.

7. Family: Where Life Begins — and Love Never Ends

I am blessed to have a big family. Although I share a fantastic relationship with my parents, sister, and husband, I am equally close to my grandparents, uncles and aunts, and cousins. I love talking to them, listening to their stories, and hanging out with them. I love a full house!

In my experience (not everyone else's, of course), family is the support that will never falter because come rain or shine, they will always be there to cheer me on every step of the way.

8. Be Kind

Kindness is not overrated. It doesn't take much to show your gratitude and appreciate people in your life now and then. Sprinkle compliments wherever you go. Putting a smile on someone's face is priceless! Always remember to say "please" and "thank you."

Help others, whether it is personal or professional. No good deed goes unnoticed. The universe will double your happiness!

9. Life Is Defined by How We Choose to React to It

Change is inevitable, but it's necessary for growth. Resisting change is human nature, and often, our reactions are more negative than positive. It's vital to break that negative cycle. Learn to enjoy the discomfort of change. Embrace it.

10. Keep Moving, Keep Playing, Keep Dreaming

Life is all about ups and downs. That's a game each one of us has to play. We can either enjoy the ride and spread happiness wherever we go, or complain all the time and mistreat others. I choose to be a ray of sunshine. I have the power to become the person I want to be and design the life I want to live. And I am loving my metamorphosis!

This post is part of a month-long January CircleAround series in which we asked writers to explore the topic "New Year, New You." After an extremely challenging year like no other, if you had to reinvent yourself in one specific way in 2021 based on what you learned in the pandemic, what would you do? Think of it as a New Year’s resolution on steroids. To see all the posts in the series, visit here. And if you'd like to contribute to the series, send us your thoughts to info@circlearound.com.

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