What-selfdefiningLast week, when driving the kids home from school, I saw a young man shuffling down the street.

His shoulders were slumped, he had a sad, sorry look on his face and he sported a black t-shirt with the words, “Down and Out” on the front in large white letters.

The shirt said it and he looked it.

It was the saddest example of a self-defining shirt that I’ve ever seen.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a massive fan of the t-shirts that tell everyone how awesome the wearer is either.

But every morning, we have an opportunity to put on a metaphorical t-shirt that reminds ourselves of our value and increases our opportunity to make an impact on the world around us.

It can say, “Down and Out.”

Or it can say, “Energised and Ready for Action.”

Or perhaps, “Up for the Challenge.”

Maybe something like, “Vibrant, Enthusiastic, Positive and Capable.”

You could even try, “Thank you Lord for a great day and an opportunity to make a difference.”

Whatever it is, make sure that you start the day with a positive affirmation of who you are and what you are capable of.  It will make a difference to your mindset and the people around you will notice the difference, even if it’s not actually emblazoned on a t-shirt.

What self-defining messages are you telling yourself every morning?