20 Positive Affirmations for Self Esteem

We have all heard of positive affirmations for self esteem. But when you're standing there in the mirror, what words are the most effective?

20 Positive Affirmations for Self Esteem
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Self esteem is a very important aspect to posses in order to live a happy life. Without it, a person becomes shy and withdrawn, eventually causing them to dislike themselves. However, this negative state-of-mind can easily be turned around with positive affirmations.

With more self esteem, a person will be less self-conscious, more confident and overall happier.

Repeating anyone of these affirmations will reprogram the subconscious mind into a healthier, organized one. Everyone needs these affirmations from time to time, especially with all the negative energy that is being spewed around today.

Each affirmation is unique in its own way and meaning.

1. I love and accept myself unconditionally

We only get one chance in life, so one has no choice but to accept themselves for who they are. Repeating this phrase will help a person love themselves again.

If one doesn’t love themselves first, then they can’t love anyone else.

2. I radiate love and respect and in return I get love and respect

This statement is very similar to the idea of karma, and it couldn’t be anymore true. This affirmation will urge one to treat others with respect and love.

The idea alone will show a person that they truly have a divine purpose in this life, which is making a positive difference in people’s lives.

3. I am free to make my own choices and decisions

Every single person deserves the right to be independent and choose for themselves. Unfortunately, there are people who believe otherwise. Consequently, this severely damages their self esteem as a free human being.

Repeating this affirmation will disprove this belief very quickly and boost self esteem. However, it may take many affirmations to reverse an imprisoned mind.

4. I am a unique and very special person worthy of respect from others

When people bring others down by saying condescending statements, it can imprint the illusion in their mind that they are not worthy of respect. This belief is anything but true because every person is unique and deserves respect.

Saying this affirmation silently or out load will shatter this false belief.

5. My high self esteem allows me to accept and give compliments easily

Many are tricked into believing that self esteem is a selfish thing. In actuality, self esteem is very necessary since it helps both the individual and others. A person with no self esteem would never be able to compliment someone.

Repeat this affirmation and remember that self esteem has a divine, unselfish purpose.

6. I accept others as they are and they in turn accept me as I am

Nobody should feel guilty if they are judged for who they are. This affirmation goes back to the golden rule: karma.

Repeating this line will remind one that they deserve to be treated the same way as they treat others.

7. It matters little what others say. What matters is how I react and what I believe

Sadly, many people get discouraged from accomplishing their dreams because of someone else’s opinion. However, if that person takes other opinions with a grain of salt, they will be able to accomplish their dreams with a clear, confident mind.

This important affirmation will go a long way for the better.

8. I deserve all that is good. I release any need for misery and suffering

At times, people make themselves go through things that they don’t want to do. It’s vital to remember that every single person deserves the best. Throughout our lives, we need to get rid of negative life aspects, whether it’s a bad job or relationship.

Keep this affirmation in mind whenever things don’t feel right.

9. I release the need to prove myself to anyone as I am my own self and I love it that way

Many people feel that they need to prove themselves to other people, whether it’s a career, relationship or some possession. The only thing that really matters is if the person is satisfied with themselves.

In the end, this quote will strike true with everyone.

10. I am solution minded. Any problem that comes up in life is solvable

As one goes on through life, they are going to run into many problems. The worse thing to do is believe that they can’t be solved.

Whenever a problem seems to hard to deal with, just remember this affirmation.

11. I am never alone. The universe supports me and is with me at every step

A person may feel that they are alone in everything they do. However, the universe is there to support each of our actions. There is no such thing as luck because everything happens for a reason.

This quote will surely help those who feel that things aren’t going their way.

12. My mind is filled only with loving, healthy, positive and prosperous thoughts which ultimately are converted into my life experiences

This affirmation is probably the most important of them all. A person’s feelings and thoughts will manifest into their life. Therefore, it’s very important to remain positive minded.

Keep this quote in mind at all times.

13. My mind is full of gratitude for my lovely and wonderful life

During hard times, people forget about how lucky they really are and miss the small things in life, such as the sunshine and birds.

By reminding one’s self that they have a great life, everything else will fall into place.

14. I consciously release the past and live only in the present. That way I get to enjoy and experience life to the full

Enjoying and focusing on the present moment is the only important thing in life. When one starts to think about the past or future, negative emotions such a regret, grief, fear and more come up.

Remembering this affirmation will allow one to avoid negative thoughts while enjoying life to the fullest.

15. I strive to improve myself

This is an effective affirmation that will improve one’s confidence and sense of direction. Some people may feel that they are going the wrong way in life when they really aren’t.

Saying this statement to one’s self should remind them that they will improve their life for the best.

16. I forgive myself

Many of us have done something that we still regret to this day. This regret will do a person no good because the past cannot be fixed. When someone is wronged by another person, they forgive them. It should work the same way for one’s self.

Making a mental note of this affirmation will greatly help in detaching from any regrets.

17. I can do this

Here is another great way to increase self confidence. A lot of times, people are faced with difficult situations, like work. A person’s ability to accomplish a specific goal diminishes while they believe in their inability to complete it.

Keep repeating this affirmation, and the goal or job will seem more possible, leading to success.

18. It is enough to do my best

People sometimes set goals for themselves that are not realistic.

Once they fail at that goal, they feel miserable. In actuality, they should be proud that they did their best. By one doing their best, they will avoid feelings of regret and inaction. After all, people are only capable of so much.

In times of defeat, remember that the best is enough.

19. I am calm, relaxed and peaceful

It will really help to remember this phrase when in a period of stress or anxiety. Some people make the mistake of telling themselves that they are angry, upset, etc. This actually makes the emotions intensify. Instead, do the opposite by repeating this phrase.

20. I am lovable

Bad past experiences and relationships can make us feel that we are not lovable. However, there are over seven billion people on this planet, so there is a great chance of being loved.

Because everyone is different, one cannot expect everyone to like him or her. This doesn’t change the fact that everyone is lovable.


These affirmations will make a huge, positive impact in many lives who remember them. Keep in mind that there are many more ways to build self confidence.

However, reading just one or even a few of these phrases just once won’t make a difference. They need to be read everyday to make a positive imprint in the subconscious mind.

If one feels painful emotions while trying to read these affirmations, then there’s a sure sign that their mind is filled with many negative thoughts. Counteract these negative thoughts by reading these powerful affirmations everyday.

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