Affirmations can help you feel more confident, secure, worthy, and fulfilled in your life. They are not an overnight fix for lack of those things, but they go a long way in helping you to cultivate the state of mind you need to embrace them fully. An affirmation is a short phrase or sentence that affirms a positive self-belief. They are said repeatedly, used as a mantra or prayer, in a journal, throughout a meditation, or even when sitting on the train home from work.
Examples of self confidence positive affirmations include:
- I am worthy of love.
- I can set boundaries around my life and the people I allow in it.
- I am bigger than my fears.
Affirmations are about you, so they usually begin with ‘I’ or ‘my’. They are typically rooted in the present moment, such as I am, I can, or I have and never in the future, such as I will be or I want. Saying it in the present tense form helps you live in the very moment of every affirmation you say.
For example, if you affirm, I am worthy of love, and you keep repeating it in a mantra, your consciousness begins to make it real. On the other hand, if you say, I want to be worthy of love, you are saying that you are not worthy of love today, and it is something you are looking forward to achieving in the future.
Continue reading to learn more about self-confidence positive affirmations.
Self Confidence Positive Affirmations
We have included a list of 49 positive affirmations based on self-confidence and self-esteem in this article. Read through the list and choose a few that resonate with you. Later, we will explore how you can practice these affirmations in a way that maximizes their benefits.
50 Affirmations for Confidence and Self-Esteem
- My obstacles are challenges that I can overcome.
- I am loved for who I am.
- My best is good enough.
- I have everything I need.
- I choose a confident state of mind.
- My failures do not define me.
- I validate myself for myself.
- I have the power to live my best life.
- I have a right to try.
- I let go of unrealistic expectations of myself and others.
- I can choose who I allow into my life and who I don’t.
- It is my right to set boundaries around my time and energy.
- I learn from my mistakes.
- I can let go of unworthiness.
- I allow my true self to shine.
- I let myself feel confident, I don’t wait for validation from others.
- I manifest my dream life every day.
- I believe in my own abilities.
- I choose how I respond to events outside my control.
- I attract success and abundance.
- I appreciate myself for who I am.
- I am capable of achieving great things.
- I am no better than anybody else, and nobody else is better than me.
- I am a loved friend.
- I welcome love and grace into my life.
- I believe in myself.
- I have intrinsic worth.
- I have faith in myself and my abilities.
- I am open to learning and growth.
- I choose to love myself today.
- I radiate love and joy.
- I am complete.
- All I need is within me.
- I am capable of living the life I love.
- My confidence helps me be the best version of myself.
- I belong.
- I am allowed to take up space.
- I am bigger than my negative inner critic.
- I let go of thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve me.
- I write my own story.
- I can do my own research, have my own opinions, and stand in my truth.
- I choose to show up for myself every day.
- I am full of love and light.
- I am driven and motivated to succeed.
- I am creating the life of my dreams.
- I am a natural leader.
- I am open to abundance and love.
- I am a strong and confident being.
- I live in the present moment.
- I am better every day.
How Do Self-Confidence Affirmations Work?
Some people are cynical of the power of affirmations. How can repeatedly saying these phrases battle low self-esteem? The answer is simple—it is about how you choose to speak to yourself.
It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief, and once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.Muhammad Ali
We have thousands of thoughts every single day that impact our mood, but we only notice a few. Have you ever noticed that if your day starts with negative feelings toward yourself, it is hard to shake those feelings for the rest of the day? Yet if your day begins with a positive vibe, you tend to glow throughout the day? Affirmations tap into the awesome power of the mind’s potential in influencing its state of being.
How do you speak to yourself when nobody else is looking? Is it loving and compassionate or critical and harsh? The way you speak to yourself—that inner voice that narrates your day—has a profound effect on how you feel. It largely determines how you respond to feelings of low self-worth.
Our thoughts and ideas create a perceived reality. The more we think a certain way, the more likely we will experience that way of thinking as the truth. Have you ever noticed a yellow car and then saw several other yellow vehicles on the same day? That is because the first yellow car primed your mind to notice others, and even though you may drive past several other yellow cars any other day, this day you cannot stop seeing them?
The thoughts and beliefs you hold in mind about yourself and the world around you have a similar effect. The more you focus on negative self-talk, such as not feeling good enough or unworthy, the stronger that experience becomes. The negative feeling becomes that yellow car, and all you can see is negative feelings all day.
Equally, the more you focus on positive thoughts and self-belief, the more likely you will feel a positive cycle of thoughts throughout the day. For example, if you reflect on the fact that you are inherently worthy and grateful to be here, that will show up in other areas of your daily routine. It is essential to understand that life naturally has positives and negatives. It is best not to over-focus on the positives because it will suppress the negatives you need to act on, which may return stronger later if not accepted.
How to Practically Use Self-Confidence Affirmations?
Confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem affirmations can make a substantial positive difference to your day, and that can lead to a better week, month, and year. Affirmations work, but it is essential to practice them well. Simply repeating a phrase once or twice is not going to change your life. However, by committing to consistency, mindful practice, and intention, you can harness the power of affirmations. The first step is to choose an affirmation that resonates with you.
Take some time to read through the affirmations listed above and choose the one that suits your current situation or feeling and resonates with you. If you create your own, remember to confine it to the present, such as I have, I am, I create, I accept. This will keep your affirmations in the present moment and attract that truth within yourself. Placing your affirmation in the future creates a chase that always keeps your dreams out of reach.
The best affirmations are those that spark a deep interest. There may be several reasons you have decided to explore affirmations, but most people find that one core problem exists that they need to address to see positive change and growth in their lives. As such, find an affirmation that speaks to you, one that feels right when you use it.
The intention is key when it comes to maximizing the benefits of affirmations. As mentioned, you could mindlessly repeat a phrase or sentence without giving it much attention, but that might jeopardize its power. It is more beneficial (and noticeable) if you can tune into the present as fully as possible and repeat your affirmation. Meditation offers an excellent opportunity to tune into the present. If you do not already have a meditation practice, it is pretty simple to start one. All you need is five minutes to begin.
Sit or lie comfortably, and pay attention to your breath. Notice how it feels to breathe in without making any effort to change your breathing. Notice how it feels to exhale. As you notice your breath, inhale slowly and let your exhales naturally fall out. Follow your breath for five minutes (or however long is comfortable for you.) Thoughts will come up, you might get distracted, but come back to the breath without judgment every time it happens.
Even when done as simple as the above, meditation is a healthy addition to your daily routine. Five minutes is enough to let your mind and body relax and tune into the present, away from nostalgia or regret and anticipation and fear of the future. This space is where we have the most, in fact, the only control and power in our lives. Through meditation, we can set powerful intentions and plant potent seeds for our personal growth.
Try Journaling Your Self-Esteem Affirmations
Journaling is a great way to gain insight and perspective on your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. By spending even five minutes per day, or even once or twice a week writing and reflecting, you can step back from your worries and fears for a second and look at them objectively. In doing so, you reduce much of their power.
Journaling is a meditative practice. The flow and cooperation between your imaginative left brain and your right mechanical brain help you achieve a smooth brain flow in which you inhabit the present. As mentioned, in such a state is when we are at our most powerful, manifesting our dreams with the grandest intention.
Self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth affirmations are simple but profoundly powerful tools for positive personal growth. If you have never used affirmations before, have some patience with the process. It might seem silly, uncomfortable, or outright bizarre at first, but that does not mean it is not worth doing. Over time, you may start to notice some welcome shifts in your thinking patterns.