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