“I am woman, hear me roar … I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman.” These lyrics are from "I Am Woman," sung and co-written by Helen Reddy in 1975.
Ever wonder why some lyrics are so catchy? Perhaps because numerous songs have the best examples of affirmations that many people can relate to.
Once you start thinking about affirmations, it will be obvious that there are limitless possibilities for self-affirmations around every corner.
What is a self-affirmation, you ask? Basically it’s a statement that you consciously make (or think) regarding yourself. Affirmations can help to change the way you think about yourself.
Positive self-affirmations don’t have to be complex. In fact, they can be quite simple, yet profound all the same.
Vanessa Pawlowski, a psychologist in Beverly Hills, California, said in an email that she believes positive affirmations can help women get out of the habit of negative self-talk.
“When we talk to ourselves negatively all day long, it is very hard to be confident,” she said.
“And as women, we tend to be very hard on ourselves in terms of our appearance, the pressures we feel to make everyone around us happy, and to be the perfect partner, friend, mom, employee, etc.”
“But once we start to speak to ourselves in a different way, it opens up the door to us beginning to feel better about ourselves,” Pawlowski added.
“Positivity gives us that boost to keep trying even when we feel like giving up or think something is not going to work.”
Here are some of the best positive self-affirmations to tell yourself every day to help boost confidence, starting with a few of Pawlowski’s:
1) Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
2) I have a right to my feelings, so I don't have to apologize for saying how I feel.
3) Mistakes are part of life, but they are not failures. I learn from every experience.
Jane Greer, a marriage and family therapist, wrote the celebrity sex and relationship commentary called "Shrink Wrap."
She has shared her favorite affirmations here:
1) I am confident and in complete control, making powerful, positive choices for myself each and every day.