The word “affirmation” has become a bit of a buzzword, but for good reason. Scientific Studies show that repeating positive affirmations to yourself has a beneficial outcome, from improved sense of self to improved problem solving abilities. If you are ready to make some changes in your life, start saying some of these affirmations for confidence to yourself every day.
The less scientific explanation: if you let your brain seek the positive thoughts and focus more on the good things, there is less space for the negative self-talk, and over time your subconscious mind works to seek the positive things and you’ll find your sometimes-good-days turn into more frequent great days.
35 Affirmations for Confidence
If you’ve ever been in a position where someone tells you to “be more” confident, don’t fret. It can be difficult to increase your confidence because it’s not something we can just turn on. However, with a some work you can make positive changes and see a boost in your self-esteem and confidence.
I starting saying daily affirmations to myself a few years ago, when I was struggling the most with my anxiety and depression, but before I had found a therapist. To be clear, affirmations cannot solve complex emotional issues, but boosting your self confidence and having a strong positive sense of self can’t hurt!
I think one thing to note, here, is that if you think of the most positive people in your life, I bet they aren’t happy and positive all the time. We all have bad days, but we can help ourselves by creating a daily routine that is acts as a stepping stone for building self-esteem and self-care for our mental health.
1. I am confident.
So often, I got the feedback from managers that I needed to “be more confident.” I never knew what that meant, or how to really go about just being more confident. This affirmation is a good one because it is straight and to the point!
2. I am loved.
Do you know how loved you are? Often, it’s a sentiment that gets left unsaid more often than not.
That’s why I try to tell my friends and family I love them EVERY time I talk to them—especially since so many of my loved ones live far away from me. You deserve the same, and it’s important to validate to yourself how loved you are.
3. I am worthy.
You are worthy of good things, you are inherently valuable, you are a good one! Repeat this every day until your self-worth and self-esteem beam out through your cheeks like natural highlighter. (This may not be physically possible, but you will see a change in how you carry yourself!)
4. I deserve good things.
The comparison culture that has stemmed from social media may let us believe otherwise, but you deserve good things. Because you are inherently worthy! See #3 if you need a reminder.
5. I am allowed to ask for more.
I didn’t know I could ask for more (from a job, from a relationship, from a friendship) until I was TWENTY-NINE. Don’t be me. Learn this now!
6. I can do this.
YOU CAN DO THIS!! I CAN DO THIS! WE CAN DO THIS! Sometimes the hardest obstacle is getting out of our own way and just getting things done. Make sure you take a look back at where you started and really appreciate how far you’ve come and how hard you’ve worked. You can do anything.
7. I am proud of what I have accomplished.
It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come. Every time you say this to yourself, I want you to also think about where you were a week ago, a month ago, or ten years ago. Give yourself some proof based on what you have done over time! And make sure to acknowledge and give yourself some praise for how much you’ve done.
8. I am able to do hard things.
This one is great for people who have anxiety, because often anxiety is paralyzing and feels like it will last forever when you’re in a deep panic state. But, all moments pass and you can do hard things.
9. I am growing into the best version of myself.
I love this one, because it reminds me that growth is beautiful, and so is being human, and that we don’t have to be perfect because we get to continue to grow.
10. I am allowed to make mistakes.
I once had a manager who told me not to admit when I didn’t know something. THAT IS FALSE ADVERTISING. You are allowed to not know things, and you are allowed to make mistakes. because, as #9 reminds us, we are GROWING into our best selves!
11. If I learn something from my mistakes, I cannot fail.
Failure ≠ Bad, Immoral, Evil, Weak
Failure = a learning lesson in what did not work for you
Nicole and I talked about failure on The GenTwenty Podcast because this topic haunts us as millennials. We were raised to fear failure but at the same time we were given participation trophies and praise for every little thing…that’s a mixed message. So let me clear things up: Failure is not bad. Failure is learning and growth. Failure is a way forward, because you figure out what doesn’t work.
12. I know I can achieve anything I want in life.
This is a good one for those of us who doubt ourselves when looking at the long-term goals or big picture. If you want it, and you believe in yourself, you can do the work and achieve that dream or goal.
13. I believe in my dreams.
We have to believe in our dreams truly and unconditionally. We can’t hang our hats on other people’s opinions of our dreams. As long as we see the value in what we’re doing and believe in it, that’s all that matters.
14. I believe in myself and my abilities.
Everything we have within us will help us achieve our dreams. You have to know this, because you are worthy of good things and deserving of success. Let the positive self-talk lead you to being and believing in your best self.
15. I believe that success is available to me.
Success is ever available and abundant to us! We can attract success and achieve success with our hard work and positive actions.
16. I have the strength to overcome each challenge I face.
It can be hard to feel strong sometimes but every hard thing you’ve faced so far you’ve overcome, and you are stronger than you feel or think!
17. I am resilient.
We are able to withstand and overcome great difficulty. This one is especially important to remember and repeat during times of uncertainty and hardship.
18. I can adapt when I need to.
As Ross Gellar once said, “PIVOT!” Changing direction is not a moment of failure. It means you’re able to turn a bad day into a great day and move on.
19. I love myself.
And we are all worthy of love, acceptance, and success! Imagine starting your day with these morning affirmations. What a great way to position yourself to have a good day.
20. I am proud of who I am.
You are a wonderful human working hard and doing great things. Affirmations really work for me, especially this one.
21. I attract the opportunities I need for growth and success.
There is an abundance of opportunities and they are all coming your way! Work towards being a better version of yourself and you’ll end up in a good place, attracting to you what you need to grow.
22. The opportunities for success are abundant to me.
Success is available to you in multiple venues and pathways.
23. I am proud of how far I’ve come.
Don’t forget to take a step back and remember where you started and where you’re standing now.
24. All of my problems have solutions.
It’s true! And you have the analytical and creative skills to find the solution.
25. I will surround myself with people who want me to succeed.
We deserve the support system we crave and the people who surround us will directly inform our environment.
26. I am enough.
27. There is space for me to be who I am.
Spread your arms wide and take up all the space you need!
28. My past does not dictate my future.
We learn from everything we do, and we are never the same person as before.
29. The more I am my true self, the more success I come into.
THIS! Be yourself. The world is ready for it. And the world needs it.
30. The world needs me.
You are uniquely you and that is needed. The world is a better, brighter place when people are true to themselves and who you are is important here.
31. I matter.
You are so important. You are inherently worthy and valuable. And because you are uniquely you, with a perspective on the world that no one else has.
32. My work is important but doesn’t define my worth.
Somewhere along the way, we began to equate our jobs and careers with our worth. We are inherently worthy and jobs and careers are just something we do.
33. I am ever-growing and that is a gift.
I love this because it’s true—to live is to grow and to grow is to live.
34. I deserve to be paid well for my work.
This is a biggie—there is a huge wage disparity and it can be hard to advocate for your salary or raise. But you deserve to be paid fairly and well for your work!
35. I will be gentle with myself and take breaks when I need them.
As we grow and learn and become our best selves, we will trip and make mistakes. It’s OK to make a mistake, and you do not deserve to be punished for it. Learn from it, and grow. We can only better our selves and do our best. And with being gentle with ourselves we must also take breaks when we need them. If our needs are not met we will not be able to thrive. Remember: There’s no wrong way to be a human.
Summing up these 35 Affirmations for Confidence
When we let go of the negative thoughts and limiting beliefs to make space for self-love and self-confidence, we become at home in our own skin and find an inner peace that may have been lacking. We are all worthy of love, deserving of good things, and have the makings to live a happy life.
Which of these self-confidence affirmations will you say to yourself everyday? Or, have you started saying your own affirmations? Let us know!