According to a 2014 Annual Review of Psychology study, practicing positive affirmations led to improvements in education, relationships, and health. Your thoughts orient your actions. Practicing self-affirmations can create a positive feedback loop, break the cycle of negativity, and build up your confidence.

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Reflect on how to use positive affirmations

Learning how use positive affirmations is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

When was the last time you gave yourself a pep talk?

Exercises to help you use positive affirmations

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to use positive affirmations.

  • Jot down 3 positive statements about yourself. For example, “I possess the qualities and tools I need to be successful today” or “I have the confidence to...”
  • Validate your affirmations with a close friend or colleague. They can help you restructure your statements to reflect a positive tone and confirm that you’re being kind to yourself.
  • Recite your affirmations the next time you feel nervous before a presentation. Get into the habit of referring to your affirmations once a day or when you need a boost.

Additional resources to help you use positive affirmations

Council Post: The Power Of Positive Self-Talk
What we tell ourselves, whether fact or fiction, reflects how we see ourselves in the world.
To Become Your Best Self, Study Your Successes
Keep a record of positive feedback.
A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health (Published 2017)
Actively cultivating positive emotions may boost the immune system and counter depression.

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