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Last Updated on December 4, 2020

9 Positive Affirmations to Boost Your Work Morale

9 Positive Affirmations to Boost Your Work Morale
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I was gearing up for an important presentation when I realized I had practiced as much as I could. What I needed wasn’t a fourth or fifth run-through of my slides, but a good, old-fashioned pep talk.

The only problem was that there were five minutes left before I was due to meet with the stakeholders. The pep talk would have to come from me.

So I went to the bathroom, locked the door, and looked in the mirror. It felt silly to talk to my reflection at first. But the more I revved myself up, the more self-assured I became.

“I’ve done the research on this topic, and I’m prepared to share it,” I said. “I’m an effective communicator. People want to hear from me. My ideas matter.”

I’ll admit, the presentation wasn’t without awkward stutters or sweaty palms. But I remained confident through the entirety of the thirty-minute PowerPoint. Looking back, I know I have my positive affirmations to thank.

Positive affirmations, sometimes called mantras, are empowering statements that can provide motivation, encouragement, and reassurance.

There’s scientific evidence that they work. That’s why positive affirmations for work are useful for increasing your productivity.

One research in 2016 found that self-affirmation can both dampen pain and help people to maintain balance during threats—even a high-stakes PowerPoint presentation.[1]

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Need a morale boost? Here are 9 of my favorite positive affirmations for work.

1. I Am Courageous to Face My Fears

First in this list of positive affirmations for work is telling yourself that you are courageous to face your fears.

Reaching your goals isn’t exactly a cakewalk. I re-learn that every time I give a high-stakes presentation or have a hard but productive conversation with a client or colleague. But courageously facing these intimidating scenarios propels you toward the career and life you envision and strengthens you in the process.

Don’t quite feel courageous yet? No problem. Take yourself by the hand and give yourself the pep talk you wish someone else would give you. You’ve done hard things before, and you can do hard things now.

2. I Have Drive and Motivation to Pursue My Goals

Perhaps you’re not into the project you’re working on at the moment. Maybe you’ve lost your zest for work altogether. No matter what’s zapping your energy, you can regain the motivation you’ve lost and channel it toward your strategic vision.

To do that, you’ll need to remind yourself that the drive you need to get things done doesn’t come from the outside. It comes from inside of you. Tell yourself that you can muster up the motivation needed to do your job well. (And, if needed, go take a walk and get some fresh air!)

3. I Can Transform Obstacles Into Opportunities to Better Myself

Whether you’re facing rejection, dealing with a new stressor, or on a tight deadline, obstacles at work can quickly drain your morale. But these difficult experiences don’t have to dictate your mood or your motivation, especially if you shift your perspective and remind yourself about the positive things obstacles have to offer.

Anytime you’re feeling discouraged at work, affirm to yourself that your current struggles are opportunities to learn, grow, and improve yourself. Once you wrap your mind around the importance of obstacles in personal development, you might find yourself growing less discouraged in the face of stress.

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4. I Am an Example of Integrity, Even When No One Is Looking

Without a doubt, integrity is the trait I value most in others and myself. Great ideas, the perfect skill set, and all the right connections only get you so far. What really propels people ahead is character—when they do the right thing even when no one is looking.

That said, it’s not always easy to do the right thing. To remind yourself that integrity has a huge payoff—even if it doesn’t seem that way at the moment and even if other people around you aren’t conducting themselves with the same honesty and values you are.

Give yourself a pep talk about the importance of character regularly.

5. I Am More Effective When I Take Breaks for Self-Care

Stress is a common and expected experience in any job. But there’s a fine line between stress and burnout.

When stress becomes all-consuming and gives way to cynicism and hatred towards your job, you simply won’t be the productive, effective person you want to be.[2]

To stave off stress and prevent burnout, remind yourself that taking time off for self-care (or simply integrating breaks into your day) isn’t lazy or selfish, but an important way to make sure you can keep doing your job with excellence. Positive affirmations for work go a long way to avoiding burnouts.

6. I Am Fueled by Passion for What I Do, Not the Desire to Prove Something

All of us are hard-wired to seek approval. And all of us have superiors, colleagues, and other people we want to impress. But when we’re motivated by “measuring up” or pleasing others, our work won’t be genuine—and, as a result, it won’t be as effective.

When I feel the itch to prove myself to others, I take time to remind myself that I started my company because I’m passionate about helping people with the product I created. Usually, that affirmation takes me back to my inner compass, which empowers me to make wiser decisions and, in the long-term, makes me far happier.

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7. I Possess the Humility Needed to Ask Questions and Keep Learning

The best advice my college mentor ever gave me was this:

Never be too proud to ask questions.

Since then, I’ve prioritized asking questions about whatever makes me curious, even if it makes me look silly. Doing so has been a major help in my career, especially when I’m feeling stuck or uninspired.

Whether you’re curious about how something works or don’t understand someone’s instructions, remember that the answer to your question could bridge the gap between you and your career goals.

So, make a regular practice of affirming that humility isn’t a weakness, but a sign that you’re motivated to learn and grow into the person you want to become.

8. No One Is Better at My Job Than I Am

Thanks to LinkedIn and other social media outlets, it’s never been easier to keep tabs on what your college roommate or old colleague is up to, which means it’s also easier than ever to feel like you don’t measure up. Imposter syndrome is one example of how this insecurity manifests. [3]

If you’ve ever struggled with imposter syndrome—feeling like you don’t deserve your role or, worse, someone else would be better at it—focus on affirming that you belong exactly where you are.

Remind yourself that you’re in your specific role for a reason and that your experiences, skills, and the relationships you’ve built make you the best person for the job, no matter what anyone else around you is up to.

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9. My Work Has Purpose and Transforms People’s Lives

It’s easy to lose sight of why your work is important. But positive affirmations for work can help you get back on track.

This disconnect can lead to loss of motivation and, ultimately, dissatisfaction at work. Take back your passion by reminding yourself of all the positive ways your work will impact people.

Maybe you’re on a team creating a product to make people’s lives more efficient. Maybe you brighten people’s day by serving coffee or food. In either case, you’re tangibly helping someone, and it’s important to remind yourself of that.

Doing so regularly can help refresh your “purpose” mindset, which in turn helps you to become more passionate, innovative, and committed at work—all of which will help propel you forward toward your goals.[4]

Final Thoughts

Everyone faces problems in life and at work, and most people may lose morale at some point. But the important thing is how you face your problems. These positive affirmations for work are great starting points to helping yourself regain motivation and morale when facing setbacks.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

How to Get “I Can’t Do It” Out of Your Vocabulary

How to Get “I Can’t Do It” Out of Your Vocabulary
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When someone says, “I can’t do it” . . . I say to myself, “What do you mean you can’t do it?” Maybe you don’t want to do it, but saying you “can’t” do it is a completely different story.

With the right mindset, positive attitude, and a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, the only thing that is holding you back is yourself.

Can’t is a terrible word and it has to be taken out of your vocabulary.

By saying you can’t do something, you’re already doubting yourself, submitting to defeat, and you’re making that barrier around your life tighter.

So today, right now, we are going to remove this word for good.

From now on there is nothing we can’t do.

“Attitude is Tattoo”

Your attitude is everything; it’s your reason, your why and how, your facial expression, emotions, body language, and potentially the end result. How you approach an opportunity, and the result of it, is solely based on you — not your boss or your co-worker or friend.

If you enter a business meeting with a sour attitude, that negative energy can spread like wildfire. People can also feel it — maybe even taste it. This is not an impression you want to leave.

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Now imagine you enter a business meeting with a positive attitude, that whatever happens in here is going to be your result, in your control, not someone else’s. Of course, we can’t always win, but even if the outcome is negative, your attitude and perception can turn it into a positive. The question is: can you do it?

Of course you can, because there is nothing in this world you can’t do.

It’s much better to be known for your positive attitude — your poise, your energy, the reason why things go so well because you are able to maintain such character. A negative attitude is easy. It’s easy to complain, it’s easy to be mad, and it’s even easier to do nothing to change it.

When I say your “attitude is tattoo”, it sounds permanent. Tattoos can be removed, but that’s not the point. Your attitude is like a tattoo because you wear it. People can see it and sometimes, they will judge you on it. If you maintain a negative attitude, then it is permanent until you change it.

Change your attitude and I guarantee the results change as well.

Believe You Can Do It

Do you know why most people say “can’t” and doubt themselves before trying anything?

It’s our lack of self-confidence and fear on many different levels. The one thing we have to purge from ourselves is fear — fear of bad results, fear of change, fear of denial, fear of loss, the fear that makes us worry and lose sleep. Worrying is the same as going outside with an umbrella, waiting for rain to hit it. Stop worrying and move on.

Confidence is fragile: It builds up slowly, but can shatter like glass. Project your confidence and energy into believing in yourself. This is a very important and groundbreaking step — one that is usually the hardest to take. Start telling yourself you can do something, anything, and you will do it the best to your ability. Remove doubt, remove fear, and stick with positive energy.

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Learn how to boost your confidence: How to Be Confident: 62 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

Embrace Failure

Do not fear failure. Do not run away from it. Face it, learn from it, grow, and take action. Just remember: You will never know success if you have never failed.

Your confidence will bolster after embracing these facts. You will be immune to demoralizing results, and instead you will find ways to fix it, improve upon it, and make it better than before. You will learn to never say “can’t,” and will realize how many more opportunities you can create by removing that one word.

Don’t let one simple and ugly word plague your confidence. You’re better and stronger than that.

Start Making the Change

But to actually start the process of change is very challenging.

Why is that?

Fear? Time? Don’t know how — or where — to start?

It’s hard because what we’re doing is unlearning what we know. We are used to doing things a certain way, and chances are we’ve been doing them for years.

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So here are some ways that I avoid using the word “can’t”, and actually take the steps to put forth the change that I wish to see. I hope you can incorporate these methods into your life.

Write down What You Want to Change

Write it on post-its, notecards, whatever makes you comfortable — something you will always see. I usually write mine on post-its and put them all over the wall behind my monitor so I always see them.

Tell a Friend and Talk About It

Discussing your goals, what you want to change, is very effective when you say it out loud and tell another person other than yourself. It’s almost like saying, hey, I bet I can do it — watch me.

When you fulfill that goal and tell your friend, it feels rewarding and will motivate you to do it again in a different aspect. Who knows? Maybe your friend adopts the same mindset as you.

Stop Yourself from Saying the Forbidden Word

Sometimes,I can’t control myself in public when I’m with friends, so I have to be careful with the words I use so I don’t embarrass or insult anyone.

Treat the word “can’t” as the worst word you can possibly use. Stop yourself from saying it, mid-sentence if you must, and turn your whole perspective around — you can do it, you will do it, and nothing is impossible!

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

You think this change will be overnight? No way. This is a practice. Something you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life from now until forever.

As I said earlier, you are unlearning what you know. You know how easy it is to say you can’t do something, so by unlearning this easy practice, you’re self-disciplining yourself to live without boundaries.

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Practice this everyday, a little at a time, and before you know it, the word can’t will not be part of your language.

Do Anything That Can Relieve Your Uncertainty

When I catch myself saying I can’t do something or I don’t know something, looking up information on that action or subject, doing research, educating yourself, relieves that uncertainty.

Sometimes, we think we can’t do something because the whole idea of it seems too large. We skip the small steps in our head and only focus on the end.

Before you say you can’t do something, rewind and slow down a little bit. Focus on what the first step is, then the next. Take it a step at a time, and before you know it you will have done something you previously thought you couldn’t do.

Final Thoughts

You know what you must do. The first step is right now. Once you begin this habit, and really start noticing some change, you’ll realize the door to opportunity is everywhere.

The funny thing is: Those doors have always been there. The evil word that we no longer use put a veil over our eyes because that’s how powerful that word is.

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