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Affirmations for Self Confidence

Updated on June 26, 2014

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS CAN BUILD OR RESTORE SELF-CONFIDENCE

REMEMBER THIS: FEAR IS ONLY A FEELING; IT CANNOT HOLD ME BACK!

Simply stated, when affirmations are consistently and properly used, the brain is reprogrammed to accept and notice new opportunities, new ideas, new behaviors and ultimately, new success. Affirmations are one of the tools that can build or restore self-confidence. Because strong healthy self-confidence is one of the key components critical to success and happiness, we need to open our minds to every available tool. The importance of self-confidence cannot be overstated because it affects every area of everyone's life. From the young child to the elderly, self-confidence determines the level of happiness and success that flows into their lives.

As a child, I struggled with extreme shyness. It continued to plague me as an adult. It took awhile, but I finally realized I had no self-confidence and very low self-esteem. Taking a painful stroll through my childhood and dissecting the family dysfunction wasn't an option for me. I wanted to focus on fixing the problem. How could zero self-confidence and low self-esteem be repaired?

As a young adult, I started reading everything I could find on building self-confidence and self-esteem. I also bought numerous tapes on the topic and during the process of reading and listening to tapes, I learned about the amazing power of positive affirmations. Obviously using this simple tool to restore (or begin to build) self-confidence is only one part of the process. But positive affirmations are a huge key to successfully healing and restoring self-esteem and self-confidence.

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HOW TO USE AFFIRMATIONS FOR INCREASED SELF-CONFIDENCE

Before you select some affirmations and begin the journey of building or restoring your self-confidence, keep in mind that this is not a magic solution with overnight results. Low or shattered self-confidence did not happen in a day or two. This is a process that requires commitment and consistent determination. The payoff? Priceless!!

Affirmations to build self-confidence should be: 1) positive statements 2) stated in the present tense 3) specific and 4) stated with emotion. The affirmations you select must resonate with you. Use your affirmations frequently each day. Repetition and consistency are important ingredients in the affirmation process. Repeat the affirmations aloud or silently throughout the day. Another excellent method is to say the affirmations aloud as you look in a mirror. Many people also write the affirmations on index cards and place them where they will be seen frequently. Affirmations also have added power when stated with gratitude. For example, "I am happy and grateful as I radiate self-confidence".

To help you get started with affirmations to build or restore your self-confidence, here are a few examples:

I now feel self-confident.

I radiate self-confidence.

I speak with self-confidence.

I am intelligent.

I feel positive and confident.

I enjoy being positive.

I am aware of my true potential.

I give thanks that I am now self-confident.

The most important step you can take in this process is the "first step". Knowing about something and thinking that it just might work is not enough to attain success. The first step must be an action step. You need to choose three or four affirmations and start the process. If you give the affirmations some serious effort, you will be amazed at the positive life changing results.

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IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM?

If you go to Roget's Superthesaurus and look at self-esteem, one of the synonyms you will find is "confidence". After reading many articles and opinions on this question, it seems clear to me that self-esteem and self-confidence are so closely connected and intertwined, they go hand in hand. How could you have great self-esteem but no self-confidence? I like to keep things simple so you may find the terms interchanged in my writing. For those who may want to be more precise, Webster's definitions are as follows:

Self-confidence - "confidence in oneself and in one's power and abilities"

Self-esteem - "a confidence and satisfaction in oneself"

Sounds the same to me!

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS REALLY WORK

Positive Affirmations: 92 Affirmations That Apply Positive Quotes And Positive Words To Banish Negative Thinking
Positive Affirmations: 92 Affirmations That Apply Positive Quotes And Positive Words To Banish Negative Thinking

Wonderful positive affirmations that will help you stay focused and keep your thoughts on track.

 
The Positive Side, A Desktop Positive Affirmation Book
The Positive Side, A Desktop Positive Affirmation Book

This is a great little desktop book filled with positive affirmations. If you find yourself stressed out or negative thoughts are creeping in, open this little book for a positive affirmation.

 
48 Self Esteem Activities for Women: Powerful Exercises for  Overcoming Low Self Esteem  Plus 50 Positive Affirmations on  How to Love Yourself!
48 Self Esteem Activities for Women: Powerful Exercises for Overcoming Low Self Esteem Plus 50 Positive Affirmations on How to Love Yourself!

An excellent book for women. You will some activities that boost self-esteem as well as lots of positive affirmations. Highly recommended.

 
101 Affirmations and Positive Suggestions: A Workbook Utilizing The Power of Journaling and Self-Hypnosis
101 Affirmations and Positive Suggestions: A Workbook Utilizing The Power of Journaling and Self-Hypnosis

This is a workbook that uses journaling and self-hypnosis to instill your positive affirmations.

 
A-Z Affirmations: Change Your Thinking Change Your Life
A-Z Affirmations: Change Your Thinking Change Your Life

Isn't it amazing - we can change our life by changing our thoughts. An excellent resource.

 
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MORE OF MY FAVORITE AFFIRMATIONS FOR SELF CONFIDENCE

THESE AFFIRMATIONS HAVE BROUGHT ME THROUGH SOME CHALLENGING TIMES

I trust in myself.

Today I am willing to fail to succeed.

I have the strength I need and can make all my dreams come true.

I am a winner and can do anything I set as a goal.

I know that fear cannot hold me back because it is nothing more than a feeling.

TOOLS TO HELP MAGNIFY YOUR AFFIRMATIONS

Using affirmations was first introduced as part of psychotherapy and self-improvement by a French psychologist, Emile Coue, in the early 1920s. No one realized just how powerful the positive affirmations would be in bringing health and happiness to his patients. The results were obvious and other doctors started using affirmations as part of treatment.

As doctors and patients experienced the amazing results of positive affirmations, more research was done. You can now find excellent books, audio tapes, subliminal programs and other powerful tools to amplify the process of using positive affirmations to build self-confidence.

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AFFIRMATIONS CAN BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE AFFIRMATION?

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      Niktravelfit 

      4 years ago

      That George Bernard Shaw quote is one of my favorites.

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      kriskappa 

      4 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens! Thank you!

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      ConfidenceBuildingTips 

      4 years ago

      Self esteem is that ever elusive voodoo word that invokes a sense of mystery. I'm glad you helped bridge the gap by connecting it to a more relatable term - self confidence.

      Very nice lens, well written. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mel Otero 

      5 years ago

      @juditpaton: Thank you for your kind words!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      5 years ago from Ozun

      this is a lens what every body should read it. i will propose it for lens of the day...

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      ksktika 

      5 years ago

      yes, happy for being positive

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      poldepc lm 

      5 years ago

      great lens; I loved to read it...thx for sharing

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      AdityaAgarwal 

      5 years ago

      yupp....I lv to live my lyf completely and enjoy every moment of it....

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      Beth Buckley 

      6 years ago from Portland, OR

      My fav affirmation for the day is to create laughter because it is contagious.

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      BodyLanguageExp 

      6 years ago

      My favourite affirmation would have to be: I am so grateful and happy now I'm confident enough to live my life how I want it to be.

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      LynetteBell 

      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks for sharing

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi great info and tips here.I need to work on this, thanks for sharing.

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      momsfunny 

      6 years ago

      Inspiring lens.

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      HeartBroken62 

      6 years ago

      Extremely well done! Something all need whether they realize it or not. Thank You for a great job here.

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      aksem 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens. Self-confidence is much needed this days.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very nice and affirmative body of work! Thank you for sharing your insight!

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      Fcuk Hub 

      6 years ago

      This lens should help me I have really small self confidence :( Great lens.

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      SelfConfidenceHelper 

      6 years ago

      Great lense I really enjoyed the content especially the difference between self esteem and self confidence, very informative! Great quote as well from Shaw :)

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