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21 Mantras to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Mantras to Boost Self-Confidence

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.  – Lao Tzu

Think of a tiny seed that pushes itself gently through the earth until one day it shoots through, opening to the sunlight.  It knows its mission and moves steadily ahead, without doubt or self-consciousness.  When the right moment arrives, it blooms fantastically, willing to be seen in all its glory

Confidence doesn’t have to be bold, brash, or belligerent.  It can be quiet, gentle, and steady, like the seed that grows day-by-day into its fullness, when fed with the proper nutrients and the right environmental conditions.

Sometimes, it seems like an epidemic of low confidence has swept across the modern world.  Its nasty tendrils crawl through the tiny corridors of our brains, whispering self-doubts, making us repeat the same old, defeating patterns, and even triggering self-destructive behaviors.

It’s not necessarily easy to change this encoded brain biology, but it’s possible.

Build Your Confidence with Positive Self-Talk

It all begins with one thought, one word, one step, and continues with the next.

How you speak to yourself can make all the difference in the world.  If you tell yourself scary stories, you’ll stay small, contracted, and unfulfilled.  So start telling yourself a new story using your favorite phrases from the list below.

Build self-confidence w/ these 21 positive phrases.

  1. I listen to my inner voice, my intuition, and my own direct experience.
  2. I take joy in every positive step I take.
  3. I know my life is a miracle.  I respect it like a precious gem.
  4. My “failures” are stepping stones to success, when I see them in a positive light.
  5. I value myself.  I value my mind, my emotions, my body, and my spirit.
  6. Low self-esteem is an old story I’m no longer willing to tell myself.
  7. It’s okay to make mistakes.  I’m human!  I still love and appreciate myself.
  8. I’m a whiz at navigating bumps in the road.
  9. I’m grateful for bumps in the road, they help me steer in the best direction.
  10. Small steps build my confidence.  I’ll take a small step toward one of my goals today.
  11. I frequently remember my successes in full technicolor.
  12. I believe in myself.  I’m excited about my talents, gifts, and qualities.
  13. I accept my weaknesses with spaciousness, humor, and ease.  They do not detract from my confidence.
  14. I don’t have to be perfect to be confident.
  15. I’m unique.  I don’t compare myself to others.
  16. I am enough.  I do enough,  I have enough.
  17. I’m in charge of my life.  I make the best possible decisions for myself based on what I know in the present moment.
  18. This is my life.  This life belongs to me.
  19. I distinguish clearly between what I need to accept and what I can change.
  20. I do my best.  At the same time, I know I’m not necessarily in control of the outcome. I won’t loose my confidence if things don’t go my way.
  21. I’m always guided on my path.  Guidance comes to me easily when I quiet my mind and listen.

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Use a selection of these “mantras” everyday.  Write them on post-it notes and place them in visible spots throughout your home and workplace (if the latter is appropriate).  Write them in your journal or on index cards that you can carry with you and look at each day.  Record them and play them back to yourself.

Don’t Suppress Your Emotions

Of course, don’t suppress insecure feelings when they arise.  Let them rise and see them for what they are:

  • Thoughts that have no weight or substance that will vanish momentarily – or at least eventually – into thin air.
  • Emotions that want to bowl you over, but they too will disappear if you don’t feed them a sumptuous feast of more despair.

Gradually, as you learn to be aware of your thoughts and emotions and let them pass by like clouds in the sky, they’ll gradually lose their hold on you.

Confidence cannot be forced, it comes from many little steps.  Like a seed, it must be watered and tended to with care.

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  1. How fascinating that we should write about confidence on the same day Sandra! Talk about being on the same wavelength.

    We both spoke about the stories we tell ourselves and I love some of the affirmations you use to replace negative inner conversations. You can’t go wrong with any one of them. 🙂

    • Elle, The synchronicity is amazing, isn’t it! I love that. So much (everything?) comes down to the stories we tell ourselves. I’m glad you like these affirmations. Your suggestions were very powerful too.

  2. I love these mantras, Sandra. This is a great list to print out and put where you can see it everyday. This one speaks to me – “I’m grateful for bumps in the road, they help me steer in the best direction.” Thank you for a great post!

    • I’m so glad these mantras resonate for you! I so agree, when we see the bumps in the road differently, we can feel more ease. Great point!

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  4. Sandra I love these 21 mantras and we all need to work daily to boost our confidence. I am going to add them to my journal, thank you xxoo

    • Wonderful, Suzie! I’m so glad you like them. Yes, we all need to keep working on this and feel all the love, joy, and wisdom we have inside. Love to you.

  5. Hello Sandra. Such and inspiring and helpful post. Your introduction speaks of a seed growing to it’s fullness, with the right conditions, without doubt or self-consciousness. Here it is spring and so now I have a garden full of seeds and plants doing just this, so I will now be taking my cue from them. Thank you, I too, will be using your mantra suggestions.

    • Hi Jane,

      I love that it’s spring where you are! The analogy fits perfects and I see you are a nature lover too. I’m so happy those seeds and plants will be an inspiring reminder for you. Enjoy the mantras!

  6. Thanks Sandra for another great read. i love reading your post whenever I do I get a sense of relief. I feel like I can breath again.
    I write about confidence a lot because I do believe so many of us lack the self belief to overcome some of the basic and simple struggles in life. The things that shouldn’t break us are easily breaking our spirits because we lack self esteem.
    I have lived for many years with low confidence not because I didn’t know I was talented, gifted, awesome etc, but when I messed up those small bumps in the road would take away all the great things I was and am.
    It is a reminder that you must feed your confidence daily and these tips are excellent to keep as a reminder.

    • You’re welcome, Rose! Thanks for your kind words.

      You speak beautifully about confidence and overcoming our lack of self-esteem. It’s amazing how we can take those small bumps and make them into huge boulders that block our path. I’m glad you’ve found a better way. And, I think you’re right, we have to keep feeding our confidence in positive, uplifting ways.

  7. TM

    Hi Sandra, I just went through your mantras list and I think they are great 🙂 In these modern days, more and more people need to have some sort of mantras for themselves as anchors and reminders of what it means to be confidence because the social expectation is people be super extrovert to be perceived as ‘confident’… Thanks for sharing this. I think I will use one or two every week and rotate them! TM

    • I’m glad you like them, TM. That’s an interesting point and so true, how society expects everyone to be an extrovert and super-confident. The answer is feeling grounded and confident within ourselves, isn’t it! Enjoy using the mantras.

  8. Hi Sandra!

    Inspiring. I love your list. I agree with Cathy, this is a list to print and read on a daily basis. You are always positive and encouraging in all your posts.
    Thank you.

  9. Sandra, how awesome that you take the time to respond to each comment and reply. These powerful mantras are reminders that exercise our positive thinking and emotional intelligence. The best is also the instant connection we all feel here thanks to you!


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