Confidence Affirmations: 40 Positive Thoughts
If you want to boost your confidence and build self-esteem, these 40 confidence affirmations from Vertellis are just what you need.
If you’re lacking self-confidence, it’s not that you’re not amazing (which, by the way, you are). You’re most likely just dealing with deep-seated negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, both of which have the power to derail us from our goals and dreams.
How can you banish these limiting beliefs and start to live life as your best, most confident self? By building your self-esteem and inner strength with daily confidence affirmations.
Today we’re sharing 40 of our favorite positive affirmations for confidence. Choose the ones that feel most inspiring to you and see how they have the power to expand your self-confidence. They can truly transform your life!
Here, we have listed 40 affirmations for confidence that you can use right now!
- I am enough, just as I am.
- I am fully capable of achieving my goals and dreams.
- I am working towards my goals each day.
- I have everything I need to make this day a great day.
- I am worthy of great success.
- I am filled with courage.
- I am loved and important to those around me.
- I am calm in a storm.
- My potential to succeed is infinite.
- I was chosen for this journey.
- I can do anything I set my mind to.
- I am grateful for all that I have.
- I am qualified for this job.
- I will make a positive impact in the world today.
- My contribution to the world is unique and special.
- I am lucky to be me.
- I choose to embrace life’s challenges.
- I face obstacles with ease and grace.
- Today, I will let the true me shine!
- This opportunity was made for me.
- I extend love, joy, and peace to those around me.
- My uniqueness is my greatest strength.
- I’m going after what I want.
- I am strong, I am bold, I am powerful.
- My possibilities are endless.
- My body is capable of great things.
- I have the power to create my best reality.
- I’m letting go of all that does not serve me.
- My dreams were given to me for a reason.
- I am confident and clear in my purpose.
- I am a force for good.
- I have unshakeable faith.
- I am committed to living in the present moment.
- I make good decisions.
- I’m becoming a better version of myself each day.
- The universe (or any higher power you subscribe to) is on my side.
- My future is filled with hope.
- I learn from my mistakes.
- I am a hard worker.
- I love myself and who I am becoming.
How to use them
While there is no right or wrong way to use your self confidence affirmations, here are three ways we’ve found to be most effective:
1. Say your self confidence affirmations out loud
Many affirmationists recommend saying your positive affirmations out loud for at least 3 - 5 minutes in front of a mirror, but here’s the thing—make sure you’re saying them confidently! If you’re self-conscious about someone hearing you and try to keep quiet, your brain clocks that timidness, and your confident statements won’t be as effective.
So when it comes time to say your confidence affirmations, go somewhere where you can be LOUD! In front of a mirror is great, but you can also go to your car, out in the woods, wherever you won’t feel inhibited.
2. Write them down
Another great way to use these daily quotes is to write them down on paper. Again, just like with saying them out loud, aim to write your affirmation for at least 3 - 5 minutes.
Our tip: keep your affirmations to yourself, written in one place. whether it’s a blank notebook or a guided journal like Vertellis Chapters - this way, you can look back after 3, 30, or 300 days and see your progress!
3. Make your affirmation into a meditation mantra
Meditation is such a powerful tool for building confidence and inner strength, and can be made even more powerful by adding self confidence affirmations!
To couple your affirmation quotes with meditation, start by sitting in a comfortable, upright position, close your eyes, and begin to focus on your breath. Then, start to silently repeat your positive statement. If your mind wanders, don’t worry...just keep bringing your attention back to your affirmation. Repeat this cycle as much as you like.
If you can, aim to meditate for at least 5 minutes, but don’t be afraid to go longer (many meditation teachers encourage students to meditate for 20+ minutes).
When to use your daily affirmations for confidence
Now that you’ve figured out how to use your routine confidence declarations, the next question is when do you use them during the day? Again, no right or wrong here, but here are some of our favorite times to utilize these powerful positive thought patterns:
1. In the morning
Mornings are the ideal time to use your positive affirmations for confidence because you set the tone for the day and fill your brain with positive self-talk before negative thoughts get a chance to creep in.
Give yourself a morning pep talk! Say your statements in the mirror after you brush your teeth or meditate with them after you wake up.
2. In the evening
While mornings are a wonderful time to use your self-confidence boosters, utilizing them in the evening is another great option. Saying or writing your affirmations right before bedtime allows your brain to create new neurological connections with these positive statements as you sleep.
Ideally, say or write your affirmations right before drifting off to sleep. When these positive declarations are the last thing you hear or see, it helps reconfigure the subconscious mind and allows you to wake in a state of clarity and increased confidence for the day ahead.
3. Before a big meeting or event
If you’re about to head into a job interview, presentation, audition—anything that may rack up some nerves or bring up limiting beliefs, say your confidence affirmations! Even if you’re not in a place where you can say them out loud, say them to yourself.
To make this even more powerful: before you walk into the room, put one hand on your heart and one hand on your breath belly (the area of your tummy below your belly button). Breathe into your belly and repeat your self-confidence confirmation (either to yourself or out loud) 3 - 5 times.
4. When you catch yourself in a negative thought
When you begin using these positive affirmations for confidence, be aware that negative thoughts and limiting beliefs will still creep in. In fact, in the beginning, they may still come up a lot...and we’re not surprised!
Think about how long you’ve had your limiting beliefs. For many of us, we’re attempting to undo years and years of negative thinking and conditioning. So be gentle with yourself and know that the negative thoughts will come. The great thing is, once you’re aware of your limiting beliefs, you can catch yourself in the act and replace it with a positive thought!
Not sure what your limiting beliefs are? Not to worry! Answer these questions about yourself (in writing, if possible) and read your answers. What negative thoughts or limiting beliefs come up in the process? These are all things that can be worked through with the help of confidence affirmations.
Do these confidence boosters really work?
It’s hard to believe that something so simple can have such a big impact, but yes, in our experience, self confidence affirmations have the power to create deep inner strength and make compelling changes in your life.
BUT...simply saying these positive statements alone is not enough. When beginning an affirmation practice, keep these five elements in mind to help ensure your success:
Know the ‘why’ behind your affirmations
Self-confidence affirmations only work if you know why you’re doing them (and not just ‘this blog post told me to!’). Are you building confidence to nail a job interview? To get back out there in the dating world? To feel more comfortable communicating your needs in a relationship?
As Simon Sinek says, knowing WHY you’re doing something is the first (and most crucial) step to creating sustainable change. When it comes to your affirmations for confidence—why are you doing them? What will increased confidence and self-esteem do for you?
So step one, find that first ‘why’, and then...go deeper. For instance, why do you want that job? Perhaps it will help you reach a specific financial goal or lessen your commute so you can spend more time with family. Maybe it has flexibility so you can engage in extended travel or will give you financial freedom while you build your own business. Be honest with yourself and remember, there are no right or wrong answers here!
Create a habit out of them
Like any muscle, positive beliefs are a ‘use or lose it’ tool. If you’re not consistently feeding your brain healthy, positive thoughts, of course it’ll go back to the default limiting beliefs. It’s like working out at the gym...if you only go once, or just a few times a month, you can’t expect yourself to walk out looking like The Hulk.
How can you make these self-confidence affirmations into a habit? Here are a few of our favorite ways:
- Ask a friend to be your accountability partner! Text them a ‘check mark’ emoji after you do your declarations for the day.
- Put a checkmark on a physical calendar each day after doing them. Seeing your progress will help motivate you to keep going!
- Create a 30-day confidence affirmation challenge for yourself! Check out our 30-day journaling challenge for inspiration (or to really boost your confidence, you could do the two challenges together).
Couple self-confidence affirmations with action
The ultimate purpose of affirmations for confidence is to change your behavior in a positive way. Consequently, be sure you’re consistently putting yourself in situations that allow your newfound confidence to shine through!
For instance, if your chosen confidence statement is “My body is capable of great things”, you need to give your body a chance to be capable of great things!
Do a challenging workout or anything that feels “hard” or “uncomfortable”. Perhaps something you avoided before because you had fear you wouldn’t be able to do it. Seeing how you face these challenging situations head-on will build your confidence even more. Give yourself plenty of opportunities to prove that your daily affirmations are true.
Make sure they’re rooted in truth
Speaking of truth, for them to really work, your brain must be able to believe they’re true.
Why is that important? Well, if your affirmations for confidence are not rooted in truth, every time you say them, it’s like little alarm bells go off in your head telling you “That’s a lie! You’re a fraud!” and that sure as heck doesn’t boost your confidence.
So how do you make sure your self confidence affirmations are rooted in truth? It’s all in the wording, which brings us to...
If necessary, re-word your affirmations
Let’s take the positive affirmation “I make good decisions”. First of all, notice that it doesn’t say “I make good decisions all the time” because most likely, that’s not true!
We’re all guilty of making poor decisions (and hopefully learning from them), so it’s not realistic to say “I make good decisions all the time”. But have you made good decisions in the past? If so, then “I make good decisions” is a true statement.
Now, if you have deep-seated limiting beliefs or negative thoughts around making good decisions, perhaps “I make good decisions” is too much of a stretch for your brain—and that’s okay! Try these self confidence affirmations on for size:
“I am capable of making good decisions.”
“I am learning how to make good decisions.”
“I am working to make good decisions each day.”
Do you see the difference? Even if you don’t believe that you make good decisions now, you ARE capable of making good decisions, can be learning how to make good decisions, and can be working towards making good decisions each day.
What if my confidence affirmations aren’t working?
We get it—it can be incredibly frustrating if you’ve made a habit out of your confidence affirmations and aren’t seeing the results you want.
If you’re following the guidelines above in regards to knowing your ‘why’, saying them regularly, taking action on them, and making sure they’re rooted in truth and still aren’t seeing changes in your confidence, check out these tips:
Give it time
We know, we know...these days, we can get so many things with the snap of a finger, but building confidence isn’t the same as ordering something online and having it show up at your door the next day. You’re building a muscle, and building muscle takes time.
How much time? Our advice: try a confidence affirmation for 30 days. If you don’t see or feel a difference in your confidence or self-esteem...try a new one! It could be that the one you’re using isn’t “juicy” enough for you or isn’t tapping into an area you really want to change.
That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you or that the process isn’t “working.” Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find a thought that’s a good fit. It’s kinda like dating...sometimes you have to meet a few people who aren’t quite right before you find “the one”. 😉
Track your progress
You know how fitness experts recommend you take measurements and progress pictures to get an accurate view of your results? Well, self-confidence affirmations work the same way.
While you may not be able to track changes in your confidence with a measuring tape, you CAN track it through daily self-reflection. By keeping a journal of your interactions with others, challenges you’re facing in life, and how you’re feeling on a daily basis, you have something to look back on and see how your behavior and confidence change over time.
This can be as simple as reflecting on your day in a blank notebook. But, if starting a journal from scratch seems daunting, try tracking your progress in a guided mindfulness journal like Vertellis Chapters.
Create your own confidence affirmations
Finally, the daily affirmations we’ve included above are a wonderful place to start but don’t hesitate to go off the beaten path and create your own affirmations to cultivate confidence.
If you need a little inspiration, check out this post on powerful affirmations for self-love, which also includes a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own positive affirmations!
Whatever self-confidence affirmations you choose to incorporate into your daily life, we hope this blog was helpful. We cannot wait to see where you go from here. You truly have the power to create big changes in your mindset and behavior with these confidence affirmations!