The Power of Saying ‘I Am’ to Build Confidence

While the words “I am” have long been used for empowerment and manifestation, it wasn’t until I heard Oprah Winfrey talking about it in her Lifeclass that I took notice.

When she said that whatever follows the words “I am” will come looking for you, it gave new meaning to this notion that we can shape the reality of our own lives.

It goes like this: Whatever you say after “I am” becomes a declaration of your truth, a statement of who you are. If you use words like “I am exhausted,” or “I am broke,” you are putting that statement into the world. And according to Oprah, the words exhausted and broke will become your reality.

Whether or not you swear by the power of affirmations, the fact is that the words you use to describe yourself do have an impact on what you believe to be true. If you’re constantly using self degradation to connect with others or make a joke, the remnant of those negative words will resonate long after they are said.

Did you ever see that episode of Sex and the City when Miranda was standing in a group of married women and kept berating her single self in front of them to get a laugh? It’s this that you want to avoid.

When you become intentional with your words and say only positive things to describe yourself, it can raise your energy, lift your mood, and increase your confidence. And the best part about it is there is very little investment on your part to give it a try.

How to Bring the Power of ‘I Am’ Into Your Everyday Life

In the morning: Start each morning thinking about how you want to feel that day. As you’re getting dressed, drinking coffee or eating breakfast say “I am grounded,” or whatever word you chose to describe how you want to feel.

At work: Right before you’re about to enter a big meeting, tune into how you want to be during that meeting,How about, “I am accomplished.”

With your kids: When you’re with your child who has a burning fever of 105, think about what you need to do to support her. “I am a loving parent.”

When shopping: If you’re in the dressing room trying on a bunch of swimsuits where the light is terrible and the atmosphere is stuffy, try “I am comfortable in my skin.”

At yoga: At the start of your morning yoga class after a horrible night of tossing and turning, you could say “I am ready.”

No matter your situation, there will always be an opportunity to flip your inner dialogue to create a positive outcome. Whether or not your words actually change the direction of your life, the power of positively speaking about yourself will boost your confidence, which can affect how you show up in the world. So use your words wisely.

What words will you choose today? —Elysha

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  1. Thank you for this important reminder this morning, Elysha. Today I am energized!