My therapists tell me to be more confident after my stroke. To be honest, I have walked around with my head down. Many people have tried to tear me down: doctors, neuropsychologists, therapists, and employers. It’s hard to be confident when I’ve been kicked in the dirt. It has left me angry and mad. One goal I’m working on is increasing my confidence.

I found the YouTube below and I really like it. Points that I like in the video:

1. Get away from people that will tear you down!

2. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition! Very few of us will persist in adversity.

3. Thoughts influence action.

4. We need to get our own self-affirmations.

5. Praise positive behavior that needs to be reinforced. I wish I would have received more positive feedback from my medical team.

6. Self-confident people interpret feedback the way they chose to.

7.  Create a brag sheet that lists your accomplishments.

Here’s my brag sheet.

  1. I have an awesome husband that takes care of me. We have been married for 9 years.
  2. I have a family that loves me.
  3. I have sweet pets.
  4. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA in Computer Science and Math.
  5. I survived a bilateral stroke.
  6. I have made a great recovery from my stroke.
  7. My angiogram is normal.
  8. I regained my speech after my stroke.
  9. I regained my ability to hold conversations after my stroke.
  10. I’m independent. I drive.
  11. I’m taking better care of myself.
  12. I consistently achieve goals in therapy.
  13. I NEVER gave up even when I faced negativity from others.
  14. I’m on the path for bigger and better things.