Self-Esteem Affirmations: Simple and Effective

Self-esteem affirmations are an effective tool for increasing your self esteem and, as a result of that, becoming a more positive and capable person. This is because positive statements can help you to modify your habitual thinking patterns and internal dialogue (things which characterize your self-esteem) for the better.

Most people are unaware of the influence that their own positive affirmations can have on their self-esteem, and so they miss out on using this method to build up it up.

Fortunately, creating your own self-esteem affirmations is as easy as following a set of simple, yet effective, principles – which are outlined below.

Define Your Standards

Before you start writing your self-esteem affirmations it is necessary to define what you believe high self-esteem to be. So, what do you think a person with high self-esteem is like? It’s helpful if you can think of a specific person – either alive or dead. This way you will be able to observe how a confident person acts and this will help you to set the standards on which you will base your self-esteem affirmations. The process of raising your self-esteem is easier and more effective if you know what confidence looks like.
The idea behind using self-esteem affirmations is that they influence your subconscious mind, which responds to instructions. It is good to be very specific with your affirmations and the best way to ensure that is by listing specific actions that personify high self-esteem. Some examples include having the courage to speak to strangers/the opposite sex, or being confident enough to negotiate. Just ensure that you create a list of actions that you think are typical of a confident person.

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The Formula of Positive Affirmations

There are four basic rules to follow when writing your self-esteem affirmations: They all need to be:
1- in the present tense,
2- in first person,
3- positive in nature (i.e. avoid statements such as ‘don’t’ or ‘can’t’ or ‘no’), and
4- action driven (using the list of actions from step one).

Here are a couple of examples:
”I am confident when approaching strangers or women.”
“I am assertive and persuasive in business negotiations.”
Take note that both of these self-esteem affirmations follow the four basic rules: they in the present tense, they are in first person, they are positive in nature and they involve a specific action. ]

Once you have written your affirmations there is one more thing to do…

Rehearse Your Affirmations

Using self-esteem affirmations is an ongoing process. You must look over them on a regular basis and for best results it is a good idea to say them out loud in the morning and the evening. This is important because it’s a process of training your mind, which uses the same principles as training your body: for both consistent training is vital and if you become slack with doing the ‘exercises’ you will lose your results. So apply your self-esteem affirmations daily and, if you start to get bored with them, write a fresh set. If you make it an ongoing commitment confidence will come naturally to you and it will become an easy part of your life.