What do you think about when you look in the mirror?
Do you have pleasant thoughts and believe you are capable and worthy of love and success?
Or do you pick out everything that’s wrong with you and your life?
The things you think and tell yourself repeatedly become true for you and can significantly impact your mental health.
If your negative self-talk brings you down and makes you feel insecure, positive affirmations for confidence could help.
Can Affirmations Boost Confidence?
Self-confidence is your belief in yourself and your ability to meet challenges and succeed.
Low confidence can prevent you from setting or achieving goals and cause you to avoid opportunities because of fear of failure or embarrassment.
Luckily, you can improve it over time with some effort and persistence.
Self-confidence affirmations can help you:
- Avoid self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors
- Improve self-control
- Manage stress more effectively
- Perform better in the moment
- Feel more self-empowered
- Improve cognitive functioning
- Increase motivation
Do Affirmations Help with Self-Esteem?
Self-esteem, also referred to as self-worth or self-respect, refers to your beliefs and opinions about yourself and your value.
If you have a healthy level of self-esteem, you generally feel liked and accepted and believe you are worthy regardless of your past or present circumstances. You know you matter irrespective of what others think of you.
On the other hand, low self-esteem can cause you to feel bad about yourself and believe you are less valuable or less important than others.
You might set unrealistic expectations and then be hard on yourself when you don’t measure up.
If you want to believe in and feel better about yourself, try affirmations for self-worth to:
- Broaden your perspective
- Deal with rejection and failure better
- Experience less anxiety and stress
- Handle criticism and negative feedback better
- Experience healthier, more satisfying relationships
- Reduce the effects of negative emotions
- Forgive yourself for past mistakes
65 Positive Self-Confidence Affirmations
Choose affirmations that resonate with you.
Then find a way to practice them daily, whether you write them down, recite them aloud while looking in the mirror, repeat them silently, record yourself and play them back, post them around your home or office, or whatever other method works best for you.
The important thing is that you use them.
1. I am becoming stronger and more resilient every day.
2. I am capable of overcoming stressful situations.
3. I am equipped to handle any situation I encounter.
4. I choose positive and nurturing thoughts.
5. I am worthy of love and happiness.
6. I release all negative thoughts and feelings about myself.
7. I am brave and strong.
8. I am worthy of good things, even if I don’t always feel it.
9. I am happy, and I love myself unconditionally.
10. I control how I feel, and today I choose to feel confident.
11. I believe in myself and my abilities and am doing a great job.
12. I inhale confidence and exhale fear.
13. I believe I can reach any goal I have in mind.
14. When I speak, I speak with confidence.
15. I stay confident in every situation.
16. I am a worthy, confident person.
17. I am now free of all self-doubt and limitations that have been holding me back.
18. I am overflowing with confidence today.
19. I am smart enough, strong enough, and good enough as I am.
20. I am growing more confident and capable every day.
21. I feel great about who I am.
22. I accept and embrace myself as I am.
23. I am intelligent, curious, and naturally confident.
24. I love myself more every day.
25. I am full of optimism and positivity.
26. I treat myself like a worthy human being.
27. I am loved and appreciated, even when it seems unreal.
28. I am an incredible person.
29. I have the confidence to talk to anyone.
30. I love myself unconditionally.
31. I forgive myself for my mistakes and choose to learn from them.
32. I feel good about myself and accept myself for who I am.
33. Loving myself comes easily and naturally.
34. I embrace my uniqueness and feel valued as a human being.
35. I love and accept all of me, flaws and all.
36. I am a fantastic person, and I stand up for my values and beliefs.
37. I am doing my best, and that is good enough.
38. I don’t have to be perfect to be perfectly worthy of love.
39. I choose to treat myself with love and respect.
40. I am treating myself with the kindness of a friend.
41. I release all self-judgment and criticism.
42. I love the person I am and the person I am becoming.
43. I believe in myself more every day.
44. I release all fear and allow myself to feel empowered.
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45. I am worthy the way I am.
46. I am worthy of love and belonging.
47. I love who I am, regardless of what others think.
48. I matter. My opinions matter. My goals matter. My voice matters.
49. I am special and worthy of making my dreams come true.
50. I am a good person and worthy of happiness and good health.
51. I respect myself and treat myself lovingly and kindly.
52. I am a gift to the world.
53. I believe in my own worth, and that is enough.
54. I am capable of making a difference in the world.
55. I love, respect, and appreciate myself and my talents.
56. I am worthy of following my heart.
57. I am a source of joy, love, and inspiration to myself and others.
58. I am fully capable of overcoming fear and discomfort.
59. I am powerful, fearless, and limitless.
60. I am worthy of being treated like the magnificent person I am.
61. I allow myself to learn and grow every day from life’s lessons.
62. I am powerful and unstoppable.
63. Today and every day, I am capable of living my best life.
64. I am strong, determined, consistent, and I make smart decisions.
65. I allow myself to feel whole, empowered, and alive.
How to Make The Most of These Affirmations for Confidence
Confidence affirmations are a powerful method to improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. But to avoid feeling worse, choose affirmations that are believable over those that are too contrary to your existing beliefs.
For example, instead of telling yourself, “I am confident” when you’re far from it, try modifying the statement to, “I am becoming more confident” or “I am capable of becoming more confident.”
Here are a few more tips to make the most positive affirmations:
1. Identify your core beliefs, values, and competencies.
There’s no sense in trying to improve something you don’t care about. To build self-esteem, focus on abilities and achievements in your life that matter to you most. Think about when something good happened and when it might happen again. Or visualize it happening for the first time.
If you love to cook, for example, do it more to hone your skills in the kitchen. Or maybe you’re a creative writer, talented painter, or Pilates extraordinaire.
Determine the strengths that are important to you and find opportunities to develop them rather than dwelling on insignificant things.
2. Be open to compliments.
Ironically, needing to hear nice things about yourself increases your resistance to them. When you have a low opinion of yourself, it can feel uncomfortable when someone says something that contradicts your beliefs. But allowing yourself to receive compliments can go a long way in improving that opinion.
Have prepared responses to avoid a tendency to deny or counter compliments when someone gives you one automatically. Something as simple as “thank you,” “that’s nice of you to say,” or “that’s nice to hear” will work just fine.
3. Replace self-criticism with self-compassion.
Having low self-esteem often tends to make it even worse with critical thoughts about yourself, your abilities, and your self-worth. Practicing self-compassion in its place can help.
Notice how you talk to yourself and the things you think. When you catch negative self-talk, stop and consider what you would say to a friend who thought or said those things about themselves. Then direct those compassionate responses at yourself.
Countering critical thoughts can build you up and increase your self-confidence and self-esteem.
4. Reflect on your true worth.
It can be hard to overcome negative experiences, but thinking about your positive qualities can help. Make a list of your good qualities in an area of struggle (such as loyalty despite a failed relationship or a strong work ethic despite a missed promotion.)
Consider why those positive attributes are important, how they are helpful, and why others would find them valuable.
Journaling this exercise is ideal for the best results, but you can simply take a few moments to think it through instead. Regardless of how you do it, be sure you make time to do it.
You can enjoy life and feel good again when you take action to challenge limiting thoughts and change your beliefs.
Use positive affirmations every morning when you get up, every night before you go to sleep, and as needed throughout the day when you catch unhelpful thoughts creeping in. Stay consistent and be patient, and soon your self-confidence and self-esteem will thank you.