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“How can I be more confident in life and the future?” ~ Gwen, Grenoble, France

Confidence is an inside-out issue, meaning that it first must come from within, before it can be truly expressed on the outside. First, discover the areas of life in which you are not confident.

Start by taking note of what things you do not have confidence about. For example, many people are not confident in speaking their opinions, and others do not feel confident in their appearance, etc. Write down a list of specific qualities that you would like to feel more confident about. Once that list is completed, then create affirmations specific for boosting your confidence in each listed quality.

Affirmations are a great (and easy) way to begin to transform the energy, thus building up your confidence. To go back to the two examples, an affirmation for speaking up would be, “I release all fear of sharing my thoughts and beliefs with others. I am worthy of being heard, and I now confidently express myself.”

An affirmation for body image would be: “I let go of all need to compare my body to others. I allow my body to be healthy and happy, whatever shape that may look like. I feel confident in who I am.”

In order for affirmations to work at their best, you need to say them consistently, until you truly believe what you are saying. Most of the time, I recommend saying affirmations 5 to 10 times, once or twice per day. 🙂

Karen Downing

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Karen Downing is an author, personal coach, speaker, spiritual teacher, and the founder of Aurora’s Message is devoted to spiritual writings, teachings, coaching, classes and providing information for anyone seeking understanding of their own life. For most of Karen’s life, she has been described as being sensitive, intuitive, and in touch with others' needs. That natural gift drove her to obtain a B.S. in e-Business with a focus on Human Resources. Karen went on to work in the business sector for many years. Through her experiences in assisting co-workers with both personal and workplace issues, Karenbegan to accept her greater role in helping others to find their own purpose in life.

After being laid off in 2009, Karen founded Aurora's Message as a means to provide information and assistance to anyone who is feeling lost in their life. Karen’s work includes channeling events, intuitive readings, past life work, spiritual development classes, rose quartz coaching, meditations and other tools designed to assist individuals in moving forward on their life path. Karen has also written the book, Creating your Life Path, as a guidebook to anyone wishing to bring their goals and dreams into reality.

In addition to running Aurora's Message, Karen Downing is also the co-host of the weekly radio show, Again & Again. On this live weekly show,Karen alongside co-host, Valerie Shinn, discusses a variety of issues as related to affirmations, self-empowerment, astrology, past lives, intuition and current events. Join Karen on Facebook and Twitter for your daily dose of inspiration.

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