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The more we practice micro-affirmations, the more automatic these little gestures become.
Growing up, whenever I couldn’t find my dad he’d invariably turn out to be in the shed, surrounded by sawdust, making something interesting — baseball bats, pennywhistles, chess pieces. And he’d be listening to the guys on sports radio. But when he’d look up from the belt sander or table saw and notice me in the doorway, he’d always, almost automatically, reach over and switch the radio off. Even if I didn’t have anything to say, and even if I wasn’t planning to stay.
Gesture - Love - Space - Attention
Even as a 10-year-old, I understood this was a gesture of love. He was making space for me. He was offering me his full attention, even if I wasn’t looking for it.
My father was doing the opposite. Switching the radio off when I walked in was a “micro-affirmation.” It may have been small, but it conveyed something huge: you matter to me. Now that I’m aware of them, I’m seeing micro-affirmations everywhere. These are some easy ones we can build into our every day lives that are more powerful than they first appear:
Name - Brain - Word - Bank - Teller
Hearing your own name stands out to the brain as different from any other word. When I worked as a bank teller, we were trained to use a customer’s name at least three times in an interaction — it felt impossibly clumsy...
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