Why Affirmation Addicts Get Stuck

Succeeding at anything long-term will be a challenge for those addicted to affirmation.

Affirmation is a wonderful thing when it happens. I love it. (What human being doesn't?) I try to remember to give it to others, knowing how much it means. I have a collection of affirming communications people have sent me over the course of my life. Such notes are of value and are appreciated. 

At the same time, I'm mindful of guarding against the trap of needing any of it to:

1) Do what is right.
2) Fulfill my purpose in the earth.
3) Lead in the way God has called me to.

I learn by observing others, more than anything.

I notice that affirmation addicts tend to spin their wheels a lot, never gaining serious traction.

This is because they have to wait for more affirmations before they can keep going.

Or, they go full steam ahead for a while -- perhaps even make major progress -- and then crash when enough affirmations aren't coming in.

If affirmation is your fuel and it's in short supply, it may put you out of commission at times.

In the words of a great theologian woman who captured the world's attention: