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Building Self-Confidence:
How to Initiate a Virtuous Cycle

Part 2 of 2

Jeff Griswold

In Part 1 of this report you learned how your self-confidence is formed and how it is extremely sensitive to your experience and outside influences. In this part, you'll learn what you can do to improve your self-confidence.

How to Build Your Self-Confidence

The good news is that a negative self-confidence cycle is completely reversible! You can learn how to eliminate existing negative thought reflexes and replace them with positive thought reflexes. By mastering a few easy techniques you'll be able to recognize and reject negative programming before you allow it to begin to erode your confidence.

There are dozens of techniques to help you build your self-confidence and self-esteem. These include:

  • Positive Affirmations
  • Guided Visualization
  • Mental Imagery
  • Goal-Oriented Meditation
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Subliminal Programming
  • Whole-Brain Learning

Here's one simple technique you can start using today that will help you initiate a virtuous cycle of improved self-confidence.

Using Positive Affirmations to Build Self-Confidence
Positive Affirmations are carefully-worded positive statements that you repeat to yourself and are designed to establish new thinking patterns in your mind. Using affirmations is a very effective way to build self-confidence. It seems simple - and initially it can actually be a little uncomfortable - but remember, what you're trying to do is to wear a new groove in your brain. You're trying to create a new path of least resistance and establish a positive reflex in your mind. And the best way to create a new reflex is through repetition of positive thoughts, images and feelings.

At the end of this article, I've included a small handful of powerful affirmations for you to begin using today. The way to use affirmations is to repeat the statements to yourself (out loud or silently). When you repeat an affirmation, feel it, believe it, and know it! Put some positive emotion into it. Emotion-backed programming is the most powerful and long lasting. Allow yourself to experience the feelings of joy, satisfaction, power and self-confidence as you do each affirmation. Make each one a true part of your reality.

Use your favorite affirmations routinely throughout the day, and really feel them. When you do you will eventually make a quantum leap. You will suddenly be far beyond the doubts that accompany wishing, hoping, daydreaming, and even believing. You will enter the zone of knowing.

When you enter the zone of knowing, supreme self-confidence is automatically there. All doubt is gone. You know you can do it. You know it will happen, just as surely as if it had already happened. And quite likely at some dimension it has happened - for you! When you enter the zone of knowing, your self-confidence is unshakable and your untapped potential is released. You feel invincible!

Another great way to use affirmations is to say them while looking in a mirror. Say them with feeling and soon you'll become aware of how powerful your eyes are. It's said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that each of us carries in our eyes the exact indication of our rank. We send messages with our eyes that show how we think of ourselves and how self-confident we are. And that influences how others respond to us. The more our eyes bespeak self-confidence and self-esteem, the more other people are likely to hold us in high esteem. Some people have developed a penetrating gaze that makes it seem as if they can look into your very soul. As you practice your affirmations in the mirror, you'll see this in your own eyes and soon others will feel the confidence that you project.

Sample Affirmations

  • I now free myself from false limits
  • I choose to be self-confident
  • I now feel self-confident
  • I radiate self-confidence
  • I reject negativity at all levels of consciousness
  • I love turning negatives into positives
  • The more positive I am, the more confident I am
  • I now think as a positive person
  • I breathe as a positive person
  • I feel positive and confident
  • I am intelligent
  • I am capable
  • I speak with self-confidence
  • My body language projects self-confidence
  • People sense my self-confidence, which gives them confidence in me
  • I am positive and confident
  • I'm becoming aware of my true potential
  • I enjoy being positive
  • Being positive builds my self-confidence
  • I feel positive and confident
  • I am positive and confident

Start Today

There are many other powerful techniques that you can use to improve your self-confidence and build your self-esteem. But this will get you started in the right direction. The most important thing to remember is that repetition and positive emotions are critical to changing the way you think. While it's possible to do this on your own, most people need a defined program for the direction and support they need to commit to a change.

Many people find that listening to audio programs (like those available at is the best way to provide the consistency that's needed to develop new, healthy, positive thought habits. In addition to Positive Affirmations, the best audio programs will incorporate a variety of techniques including guided visualizations, mental imagery, goal-oriented meditation, subliminal programming, whole-brain learning, and more.

So, employ whatever resources you need to commit to improving your self-confidence. Whether it's an audio program or help from your friends, family or therapist - your self-confidence is too important to allow it to wither away. Be confident that you can improve your confidence and it will change your life.

Copyright © 2005 Jeff Griswold, Effective Learning Systems, Inc.

Jeff Griswold is the President of Effective Learning Systems, Inc. (, the leading creator of self-help audio CDs and tapes. To request a free copy of "The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn," a 24-page report showing you how to harness the unlimited power within yourself, go to:

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