3 Affirmations that will Boost Self-Confidence
There are times when we all need a boost in self-confidence. This is especially true when we’re facing new challenges that test our resilience at work, where people’s impressions of us can make the difference between moving up or moving on.
For example, have you ever been in one of these situations?
- You’re a rising star in your company and have been asked to do a presentation in front of the senior executive team. You know your presentation content, but you’re worried about making a good impression.
- You've been a solid performer at work for years. Changes are announced and you have a new boss. Right off the bat your styles don't jive. A few months later you are being let go.
- Your manager sees a lot of potential in you, and recommends you do some internal networking to help you advance your career. You’ve never been comfortable in social situations and the thought of talking to people one-on-one is nerve-racking.
- An opportunity to run your own business has presented itself. You have a great business idea and have always wanted to be your own boss, but question whether you have what it takes to succeed.
How do you feel when faced with challenges like these? Doubtful, insecure, or stressed? Do you start with negative self-talk that makes those feelings even worse?
The good news is that by practicing daily affirmations, you’ll gain the confidence you need to handle all of life’s challenges, especially if you align them with all dimensions of who you are.
What are daily affirmations?
In simple terms, affirmations are positive declarations you repeat to yourself to make the statement come true.
That’s just what they are on the surface. I believe that affirmations go a lot deeper than that.
Affirmations actually reflect who you truly are deep inside. They’re like holding up a mirror and reflecting a possibility that is there deep within yourself.
When there’s a gap between who you are now and what you can be, affirmations can create a bridge to these infinite possibilities. You therefore have the power within you to boost your self-confidence and help you face any situation by unlocking the real you.
Affirmations align with your core values, and reveal how capable, creative, and courageous you truly are. Most of all, they help you understand that you deserve every opportunity that comes your way.
I know, because I’ve been there. By using my personal affirmations, I’m able to remind myself that I’m strong, confident, and that nothing can stand in my way.
3 Affirmations that will Boost Self-Confidence
I’d like to share 3 affirmations that help me eliminate negative self-talk, build confidence and self-esteem, and go far beyond my comfort zones. I’ll also tell you a little of how they changed my life and continue to bring me strength and confidence to this very day.
Affirmation #1: “This or something better manifests for me now in totally effortless and satisfying ways for the good and prosperity of all concerned.” - Unknown
This quote was given to me by my first coach, Kabral Sharpe, and I have used it for extended periods over the last 15 years. I share this one often with my clients, as it boosts your confidence in manifesting a desired outcome. It has supported me in realizing promotions during my corporate career, a new home in Toronto, the beach wedding of my dreams, a 6-month trip around the world with my husband, financial stability, a new career as a coach, getting pregnant with ease, and much more.
Affirmation #2: “God’s wealth circulates in my life. It flows to me in avalanches of abundance. All my needs, desires and goals are met instantaneously, for I am one with God and he is everything!”- Tony Robbins
I first heard of Tony Robbins like many people – through his infomercials. The idea of living my best life had resonated with me, and after working for years in education and as a coach, I applied to be part of the Tony Robbins Coaching Team. It was a rigorous hiring process that culminated in 20 of us flying to California to participate in his “Unleash the Power Within” program, followed by deep and intense coach training. It was here that I discovered the awe-inspiring power of the mind while completing the Tony Robbins Fire Walk, and also when Tony first shared the above impactful quote with us.
Every morning during our training (and for quite a while after that), I would go for a walk and passionately repeat this affirmation. I have relied on it to grow my coaching practice by creating the self-confidence I needed to bring the best of my abilities to the surface and succeed.
Although this affirmation mentions God, you can alternatively reference any other entity that aligns with your values and beliefs, such as the universe, divine intelligence, source of unlimited potential, creator, spirit, or infinite power.
Affirmation #3: “I speak with confidence because the world needs my light.” - Gabrielle Bernstein, Miracles Now
This affirmation from Gabby Bernstein is especially important for women as many of us have been raised to be quiet and avoid rocking the boat. This is why one of my main goals is to help women speak with self-confidence so they can succeed in both their personal and professional lives. We accomplish this by learning to value our thoughts and believing that our contributions have meaning. It takes courage for a more introverted person to speak up in a room full of enthusiastic, extraverted peers and senior leaders. I have seen time and time again that it is possible for women to get outside their comfort zone and build confidence in their ability to speak up and make sure they’re heard.
Reciting these affirmations have helped me reach my full potential to meet each new challenge with confidence, make successful career transitions, create strong personal and professional relationships, and understand that I’m deserving and capable of reaching new heights.
Aligning affirmations with these three dimensions of self to feel more confident
I believe your mental, emotional and physical dimensions must all work together to activate the power of affirmations.
Many people fall into the habit of just repeating the words, which only involves the conscious mind. In other words, you’re just talking. It’s important to remember that affirmations will only help you overcome adversity when your mental, emotional, and physical dimensions are all aligned and can override your subconscious mind.
Think about what happens when you are faced with something you don’t feel ready for. Your chest tightens up, your jaw clenches, or you furrow your brow. You might also feel emotions such as anger, despair, and sadness. These are perfectly normal ways of your body telling you that you’re under stress.
However, you can overcome all of this – and more – when you fully align the affirmations with all 3 of your dimensions. It’s much easier to do than you might think.
For example, I repeat affirmations out loud while out walking, especially when I’m in a calm setting. The movement helps me embody the deep meaning of the affirmation because my mind and body are working in sync. I also gradually increase the emotional intensity of the affirmations, step by step:
- At the beginning, I say the affirmation lightly (lower tone and mild resonance), sort of like warming up before an intense run
- I repeat the affirmations with more intensity and resonance (the middle of a run)
- Finally, I bring all I’ve got – intensifying the emotional connection, like a sprint
At this point, my mental, physical, and emotional dimensions are working together, bringing true resonance with the affirmations.
When you repeat affirmations is important too. Some of the most potent times to practice are:
- before you go to bed
- when you wake up, or
- before or after meditation.
When you use affirmations successfully, you can actually feel a shift in your body as it opens up. You feel lighter, stronger, and more confident because now you believe.
And when you believe in yourself, amazing things happen.
Why not give these affirmations a try right now? Try to align all 3 dimensions of the self as you repeat them, gradually bringing more emotion each time. Afterwards, ask yourself how you feel. Aligning your entire being with your affirmations might take some practice, but you can do it!
Work them into your daily routine for a month. These daily affirmations work for me, and I know they’ll work for you too. If you have any questions, please reach out to me anytime.