Affirmations and Power Poses

Speaking Affirmations And Power Poses To Help Build Your Confidence

Affirmations and power poses are a quick way to boost your confidence temporarily before an important event such as a job interview or a big meeting. You can build your confidence permanently using affirmations as well if you practice them regularly.

Here’s how to use these techniques.

Speaking Affirmations

Boost Your Confidence With Daily Affirmations 
Affirmations have long been used for self-improvement and personal development projects. They are effective in almost every situation. This is because they help reprogram your “self-talk” -that is, the constant stream of thoughts that is running through your unconscious.

Every person has such a stream, and most of it is about yourself. What you say to yourself affects everything about you from your confidence to your self-image. This makes affirmations a powerful tool for changing your life.

You reprogram your self-talk by repeating affirmations on your targeted topic over and over. You can do these repetitions aloud (the preferable method), in your head, or write them down.

You do these repetitions multiple times per day, every day, and over periods of weeks or months, you change your self-talk. When you’re satisfied with one change, you can switch to another set of affirmations or change topics and pick something else about yourself that you want to work on.

Build Confidence and Self Esteem with Affirmations

Confidence and self-esteem are two of the biggest targets for affirmations work. This isn’t just because so many people have issues with them, either; it’s because these two topics respond well to the use of affirmations. That makes them good for beginners.

Below are several affirmations designed to help improve your self-confidence. Select 3-5 that appeal to you and repeat them, as described above, several times daily. As you do this over time, your confidence will improve. When you finish with one set, pick some new ones and start again.

I know that I can achieve anything I want.
I believe in myself.
I can reach my goals.
I have faith and confidence in myself.
I am worthy.
I am valuable.
I can overcome my fears.
I believe in my abilities.
I can overcome every challenge in my way.
I am growing and learning.
I am grateful to be on this journey.
I can express who I really am.
I will get what I want out of life.
I’m a good person.
I deserve to feel good about myself.
I embrace both my talents and my flaws.
My happiness is important.
I look forward to trying new things.
I’m not afraid of the unknown.
I believe tomorrow will be better than today.
I can do anything I set my mind to.

I am becoming the best version of myself.
I don’t need to apologize for who I am.
I’m not scared of risk-taking.

Find a quiet place with a mirror. Look yourself in the eye and repeat any (or all) of these affirmations several times. Speaking them aloud is preferable, but if you can’t find a place where you can be alone and don’t want people to hear, repeat them silently.

Power Poses

Power poses are ways of standing or sitting that increase your confidence and make you feel like you can take on the world. Here are a few for you to try.

The LBJ -Find a nearby item at waist height, such as a table or chair. Place your hands on it and lean slightly forward. This pose increases your confidence while giving you a sense of power and control over the room.

Vanna White -Gesture with open arms towards something you are emphasizing. This draws attention and makes you feel in charge, increasing your confidence.

Standing Power Pose -Also known as the Wonder Woman pose. Stand up straight, hold your head upright, keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, slightly apart, and hold your arms open. This makes you feel and look confident without being intimidating and is good to use in a meeting where you’re a junior person.

Sitting Power Pose -Sit in the chair with your lumbar curve straight and your head upright. Keep both your feet firmly planted on the ground. Keep the rest of your posture “open” instead of closed. Do not cross your arms. Look the speaker in the eyes. This is a great pose to use for job interviews.

These are just a few of the many speaking affirmations and power poses you can use to boost your confidence. Not all are applicable or appropriate in every situation (the LBJ isn’t a great one to use for job interviews, for example) and not all of them will work for you. Try them and see which ones you find work best for your personality and situation.


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