30 Affirmations for Courage for When You Feel Timid

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These affirmations for courage will help you remind yourself to pick yourself up by the bootstraps so you can live your best life. Always remember, a misty morning doesn’t signify a rainy day. When you change your outlook, the situation changes.

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Doesn’t it just seem that on those days where you’re feeling your best (or trying), life throws something at you to challenge you. You know what I mean, right?

Maybe you’ve finally got your spending under control, but someone invites you to go shopping together or to have a delicious (and deliciously expensive) meal out.

Take it a step further, and maybe you have budget goals that are in reach but an unexpected emergency arises and now you have to make some really hard decisions.

Maybe you have uncovered your values and now you are trying to find your voice, but many of your family and friends aren’t really friendly towards those values that you recognize.

Maybe you’re working at a place that you realize you don’t fit in, a hostile work environment situation or just a horrible boss, but you are desperate for this income.

Maybe you are learning new things and challenging old ways of thinking but people important to you are staunchly against all of it.

Maybe you’re facing an unprecedented and gloomy looking future and you don’t feel ready for the challenge of dealing with it all.

Maybe you or someone you love has health challenges that are chronic and overwhelming and you have other responsibilities you are struggling to meet.

All of these situations, and there are countless others that are more or less precarious, could make you freeze in panic and procrastinate thinking critically about your options. They could cause you excessive anxiety, feelings of dread, and rob you of a refreshing sleep at night and peace throughout the day.

Plus, if you are dealing with endometriosis or another related health condition, you may realize that stress has profound impacts on your body and this condition but it may feel impossible not to stress out. Your physical issues may cause you to feel stressed out more easily because your reserves aren’t there.

What’s the solution?

Affirmations for Courage and Strength

Well, one solution that may be worth including in your toolkit for dealing with major pains is working on affirmations for courage and strength. (We’ll get to other solutions further down in the post).

What is an affirmation for courage?

An affirmation is a statement that is positive and tailor made to help reinforce your true beliefs and vision for your life. They are usually simple, short and focused towards a certain outcome. They may not be statements you normally tell yourself in your day to day life, but they could be once you recognize their usefulness.

Affirmations that assist with your courageousness will help you find your inner grit and resolve to face any situation head on and practively. Affirmations for courage will help you draw on your inate self-leadership ability to be a force to be reckoned with.

Do you have to believe your affirmation for courage?

The most effective affirmations are the ones that resonate with your inner voice and that you actually (at least somewhat) believe. If the affirmation feels phony or it if is something someone else is telling you to do, chances are it is not going to awaken your inner drive enough to get through the situation.

That’s why it can be helpful to read through a list of affirmations for courage and choose one that resonates, or craft one for yourself.

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Sources for Affirmations

One of the reasons why books and movies are so wildly popular is because we can learn from the characters in the story or in real life. Movie and book quotes teach us glimpses of what our favorite characters learned and how they handled a particular challenge. Biographies and autobiographies are so captivating also just for this reason.

If you haven’t been paying attention, choose a book or a movie where a character faced a huge crises and start jotting down inspiring behaviors, decisions and things this person said. What affirmations for courage does this person use?

One of the reasons why the “classics” are classics is because of this very reason. The characters handled challenging situations in inspiriational, timeless ways.

If you need a few, just google Classic Movies or Classic Books for some ideas.

Benefits of Using Courage-Building Affirmations

Here is a list of the many BENEFITS of using affirmations for courage:

  • Helps to shift your mindset from one of fear (fight, flight or frozen) to clear thinking
  • Helps to calm your nervous system
  • Helps to shift activity in the amygdala (the part of the brain that is ancient and deals with the fight or flight response) to the prefrontal cortex (the area responsible for forward thinking and critical thinking)
  • Helps to build up your creative juices and brainstorm news ways to handle the problem at hand
  • Helps you look for icons for courage in your daily life
  • Helps you focus on important moments from a place of thinking about a courageous response instead of your normal negative default
  • Helps you use your imagination and imagine various positive behaviors and actions you might take in the future
  • Helps you use your imgaination and imagine positive and beneficial outcomes to look for
  • Helps you hold on to your value of living with courage instead of living in fear
  • Find your inner motivation and gusto again
  • Helps your nervous system have a break (hopefully, a little bit)
  • Train your mind to handle setbacks, adversity and upheaval with greater confidence
  • May help enhance every area of your life, not just the area with the biggest problem
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What are POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS for courage? What are positive affirmations for strength? What is an affirmation for calm confidence?

The List below outlines several affirmations for courage and strength. Some are in the form of a question, but still affirm the possible and help foster courage and strength. Which ones are the most powerful for your situation?

  1. Good things always come my way.
  2. The good things in life are worth the effort.
  3. Work hard, play hard.
  4. What is this trying to teach me?
  5. I will learn what I need to learn from this situation.
  6. If I get knocked down, I’ll get up again.
  7. How can I grow through this?
  8. I will grow through this into a masterpiece.
  9. The situation is ripe for blooming soon.
  10. I will be resourceful to get my needs met.
  11. There is more than one way to skin a cat. (That’s a metaphor)
  12. Look at the true, the good, and the beautiful.
  13. I will see the golden gem in this darkness.
  14. I will survive.
  15. Walk each step towards the ideal.

Biblical Affirmations

  1. The crucible for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the tester of hearts is the Lord. (Proverbs 17: 3)
  2. Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans with succeed. (Prov 16: 3)
  3. Plans fail when there is no counsel, but they succeed when counselors are many. (Prov 15: 22)
  4. On a good day enjoy good things, and on an evil day consider: Both the one and the other God has made, so that man cannot find fault with him in anything. (Ecc 7: 14)
  5. She preserved him from his foes, and secured him against ambush, and she gave him the prize for his stern stuggle that he might know that devotion to God is mightier than all else. (Wisdom 10: 12)
  6. Merciful to those who accept his guidance, who are diligent in his precepts. (Sir 18: 13)
  7. Then, too, heed your own heart’s counsel; for what have you that you can depend on more? (Sir 37: 13)
  8. A man’s conscience can tell him his situation better than seven watchmen in a lofty tower. (Sir 37: 14)
  9. Most important of all, pray to God to set your feet in the path of truth. (Sir 37: 15)
  10. The works of God all of them are good; in its own time every need is supplied. (Sir 39: 16)
  11. God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work (2 Corinth 9: 8)
  12. Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. (Eph 6: 10)
  13. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm again the tactics of the devil. (Eph 6:11)
  14. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Eph 6: 16)
  15. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. (Col 3: 15)
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How to make an affirmation into a ritual

Ok, let’s say that you found your rockstar level affirmations for courage that you will turn to when that fear or procrastination starts to kick in. But how will you make sure you won’t forget?

Write it down

Make sure you write them down. Some people like to put them on their phone, in their wallet, on a bracelet, or their bathroom mirror so they can read it every morning. Do what works the best for you, but by writing it down or typing it in a place you’ll see it daily, you will help make it a lasting memory.

Say it aloud

By utilizing your senses and voicing your affirmation, your ears will hear and your brain may start to believe what your say even if you don’t believe strongly at first. You could even record yourself and play it for yourself a few times and practice making the saying your own. Sounds crazy? Open a Zoom meeting just for yourself to practice saying your affirmation. Maybe throw in why you believe in the affirmation and yourself. Do this for a few days until the waver in your voice disappears and you sound like a person with the utmost confidence and conviction. I’ll tell you what, that confidence doesn’t sound so crazy anymore.

Make a song or poem using the affirmation

Know those annoying commercials that get stuck in your head? Use your own creativity to create a catchy jingle that you’ll have humming in your head all day long. Love to write? Write down a few lines that rhyme with the words in your affirmation and memorize it.

Create a vision board with images that evoke a sense of courage

If you haven’t KonMarie’d your home yet, you may still have stacks of magazines with dreamy kitchens, cottage gardens or healthy recipes. Usually those magazines can have some pretty inspirational content. If not, find a few images online and create a digital image to post on your PC. Choose images that evoke the feeling of courage and strenght and stand for what you think of when you think of for affirmations of courage and strength.

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Live Wholeheartedly

Brene Brown, author and researcher, found during her research into vulnerability that the people who truly lived or lived in a way that both inspired her and that they were proud of, led with vulnerability. Brown called this capacity to live with wholeheartedness. You can read her book Daring Greatly which delves further into this.

I bring this up, because working with affirmations can be a powerful way to remain present with negative situations and feelings, but those feelings and stories are what make you, well, you. Know that those draining life situations are something all people experience from one time to another, and finding the courage to accept the discomfort and live anyway from a place of worthiness and wholeheartedness is your God-given right. Sharing your own story with others highlights your gifts and share your gifts with others. This negative experience could be a part of your hero or heroine story to inspire someone else.


Cheers to your stepping into your own worthiness from a place of power and light! You got this.

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