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Tessa Brennan - 14/05/2021

Affirmations for Self-Esteem

These affirmations for self-esteem are just the ticket if you’re struggling with a lack of confidence or low self-assurance. At Vertellis, we know low self esteem is a crucial step to overcome when creating the life you love. That’s why we’re sharing 32 of our favorite self esteem affirmations (along with a few funny bonuses!) so you can begin to feel hopeful and positive about yourself and the future.

To see the biggest changes in your confidence and resilience, it takes a little more than reading these assuring words once in a while. Don’t worry though—we’ll teach you how to use these powerful affirmations for self-esteem mantras, how to make practicing them into a daily habit, and what to do if you’re not getting your desired results. We want to make sure you get all you can from these positive self-esteem words!

32 Affirmations for Self Esteem

  1. I can do hard things.

  2. I am worthy of love and belonging.

  3. I accept and love myself as I am.

  4. I have the power to create the life I want.

  5. I am filled with unlimited potential.

  6. I forgive myself for my mistakes.

  7. I am strong, I am capable, I am enough.

  8. I was made for this.

  9. I am prepared for this.

  10. I was put on this earth for a reason.

  11. I am abundant in kindness, energy, and love.

  12. I am a good person.

  13. I am focused on what I want.

  14. My voice and opinions are important.

  15. I greet each day with excitement and curiosity.

  16. I choose to believe in myself.

  17. I create my reality.

  18. I know I am capable of great things.

  19. Each day is a new opportunity to grow and create a life I love.

  20. I honor myself with kindness and self-respect.

  21. I am unstoppable.

  22. I am trustworthy.

  23. Today, I choose peace, joy, and happiness.

  24. I release my past and move forward with dignity and courage.

  25. I revel in my uniqueness.

  26. The world is waiting for my gifts.

  27. I am grateful for my life and all the blessings in it.

  28. I surround myself with people who encourage and lift me up.

  29. I am thankful for my challenges, as they have helped me grow.

  30. I am resilient.

  31. I celebrate my progress each and every day.

  32. Today, I will be fully and unapologetically me!


For more positive mantras to boost self-esteem, check out these self-love affirmations. They’ll help build inner strength and self-worth so you can truly tap into how amazing you are.

Create some funny affirmations for self esteem!

Okay, we are first to admit that the topics of ‘self esteem’ and ‘affirmations’ can seem super serious...so we’re giving you permission to shake these up and create some funny affirmations for self-esteem! This is where you can let your humor and creativity shine. Some of our favorites (for a little inspiration):

  1. I’m gonna put my positive pants on and get it done!
  2. If I believed in the Tooth Fairy for eight years, I can believe in myself for just five minutes.
  3. Excuse me, I have to go be awesome today.

This positive way of using words can have an effect on your self-esteem, once you do it right. We’ll teach you the right way to make yourself laugh and work on your insecurities at the same time.

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How to use these positive mantras

When it comes to practicing your self-esteem affirmations, it’s all about finding a way that works best for you. While you can use these statements any way you want (really—in fact, we encourage you to get creative!), here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate these daily self-esteem affirmations into our lives. Try a few different ways and see what you enjoy most! 

Put them into your morning routine

First up: If you don’t have a morning routine you are missing out! This magical time of day is perfect for practicing your affirmations for self esteem. By filling your mind with positive, self-assuring thoughts first thing in the AM, you’re setting yourself up for success for your entire day. Plus, you can get rid of the never-ending excuse of “I’ll get to that later…”. If you want even more positive quotes to use in the AM, check out these morning affirmations!

How you incorporate these affirmations for low self-esteem into your morning routine is totally up to you. Some people enjoy writing them quietly in a mindfulness journal like Vertellis Chapters; others prefer to say them out loud in front of a mirror. Either way is great—just make sure you’re repeating them for at least a couple of minutes!

Create a self esteem mantra for meditation

Meditation is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health. Why not kick it up a notch by turning one of your positive declarations into a self-esteem mantra? 

If you’ve never tried meditation with a mantra before, it’s super simple. Just sit comfortably, close your eyes, and begin to focus on your breath. As your body and mind begin to relax, introduce your self-affirming mantra. Repeat it silently to yourself, allowing all thoughts and any distractions to pass by gently. Meditate using your self esteem affirmation for as long as you’d like. Aim for at least 5 minutes, but eventually working up to 20 minutes is a great goal. 

Self esteem mantra

Write your positive self-esteem words on sticky notes

We all need a friend who makes us feel great about ourselves—the one who texts you when she knows you have a big meeting or reminds you of how amazing you are when you’re feeling down. Well, guess what? YOU can be that friend to yourself using these positive words around the house!

We highly recommend taking time every day to say your self-worth affirmations in your morning routine or during meditation, because sometimes you just need a little reminder. That’s where sticky notes come in.

Simply write your positive self esteem words on sticky notes and put them around your house, car, office...wherever you find yourself needing a little pick-me-up. This trick is especially useful with a funny affirmation for self esteem—sometimes you need your confidence boost with a side of laughter! 

Practice daily affirmations for self esteem

The quickest way to boost your low self esteem using affirmations is to practice them on a daily basis. Whether you choose to write them down, say them out loud, or create a self esteem meditation mantra—it doesn’t matter. What matters is consistently having these positive statements in your thoughts so you can start to change your limiting beliefs! 

How can you set yourself up for success as you work to make your positive affirmations for self-esteem into a daily practice? We’ll show you…

practice daily affirmations for self esteem

Write a commitment to yourself

First things first, write a commitment to yourself. Grab your journal or any piece of paper and answer these three question:

  1. Why do you want to grow your self-esteem? 
  2. How would your life be different if your self esteem improved? (Think big here!)
  3. What affirmation(s) for self-esteem do you commit to saying on a daily basis?

Once you’ve answered those three questions, write a contract with yourself that states exactly how you plan to carry out this commitment and put it somewhere where you’ll see it each day. Also, don’t be afraid to add in a little reward as an incentive to stick to this promise! For example:

I, [NAME], commit to saying my positive affirmation for self esteem “[WRITE OUT AFFIRMATION]” in front of the mirror for 3 minutes every day for 30 days. I will do this in the morning right after I brush my teeth. If I stick to this commitment and achieve this goal, after 30 days I will take myself out to lunch as a reward.

Get an accountability buddy for your self esteem affirmations 

Creating a contract for yourself is a great way to ensure you’ll stick to your daily affirmations for self esteem, but don’t be afraid to enlist some outside support, as well. Getting an accountability buddy is a surefire way for you to keep up your self-assuring declaration practice. This can be super simple, like sending a loved one a text each day after you’ve said your daily quotes. Another option is to get a loved one on board to do this with you—just send this blog post over to them!

Putting your self-esteem affirmations to the test

Okay, you’ve chosen your positive affirmations for self-esteem, you’re practicing them on a regular basis—what now? Well, friend, it’s time to put your newfound confidence to the test by stepping outside your comfort zone and trying new things! Why is this important?

We all have to deal with stress, pressure, and adversity, especially when we’re trying to achieve big things or want to overcome something that scares us. But here’s the thing—when you’re feeling challenged or uncertain, that positive sense of self you’ve cultivated with these self-assuring statements will kick in and remind you that you are a resilient, capable person who can do hard things. You need to practice this though! These affirmations for low self esteem will help you accomplish your goal.

Practice stepping outside your comfort zone

Once you get in a groove with your daily self-esteem affirmations, start stepping outside your comfort zone on a regular basis. That could mean joining a new sport’s team, asking for the raise you want at work, or finally talking to that cute guy at the coffee shop. No right or wrong here—in your heart, you know what thing will help you grow the most. Go do it!

P.S. If you feel like you could still use a confidence boost as you begin to travel outside your comfort zone, check out these confidence affirmations. They’ll help you feel even more resilient and self-assured as you begin this new journey!

What if my affirmations for low self esteem aren’t working?

We know how frustrating it can be to commit to a new habit and not feel like you’re seeing the results you want. But when it comes to affirmations for low self esteem, everyone will see changes at a different pace. After all, we’re all different!

If you’re currently in that place of wondering if practicing self-assuring statements with affirmations will really work for you, here are a few of our favorite tips to get over this hump and start seeing the self esteem improvements you desire.

Give your self esteem affirmations time to work

Think about it—how long have you been living with feelings of low self-esteem? Months, years, decades? If having negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself has been commonplace for a while, it might take some time for your brain to reprogram and for positive thoughts and beliefs to take hold. That’s why you need to stay in there and keep repeating your self esteem mantra to yourself.

Release the idea that you need to be overflowing with confidence and self-assurance within a week or even a month and keep up your daily affirmations for self esteem. You’re doing great. You’re taking action on something you want to shift, which is amazing. Give your brain time to adjust to these positive self esteem words and be sure to celebrate any small wins you see. 

Practice “first thought, second thought, first action”

A wise teacher once told me, “You’re not responsible for your first thought. You are responsible for your second thought and your first action.” How does that apply to these self esteem affirmations? Essentially—when you have a negative thought or belief about yourself, that doesn’t mean that you’ve “failed”. It’s just your first thought!

When you “catch” your brain in a negative first thought, counteract it with one of your positive affirmations for self esteem. That’s your second thought. Then, take an action that’s in line with that second thought. An example:

You’ve been asked to speak at a conference and are feeling challenged as you write your speech. Your first thought is “This is going to be horrible. I’m such an idiot!” You catch that first thought and throw one of your self esteem mantras at it, such as “I know I am capable of great things.” Then take your first action—in this case, continuing to work on that speech with a renewed sense of purpose and resilience. 

Make this self esteem affirmation practice your own

At the end of the day, it’s all about making these daily self esteem affirmations work for you. We encourage you to try various methods and different declarations until you find a groove that you enjoy. Because remember, this should be about joy. So take what works, leave what doesn’t, and see your confidence and self-assurance flourish with these affirmations for self-esteem!

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