"Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali." -- Salvador Dali

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see all the things that are "wrong" with you, or do you see all the things that you should be proud of?

A mirror doesn't have to be just for checking on your appearance. It's a great tool for self-reflection and building self-confidence. According to the Mirror Technique, it can also effectively build success.

One classic self-help book, The Magic of Believing, by Claude Bristol, discusses this technique in detail. Bristol writes,

Many great orators, preachers, actors, and statesmen have used the mirror technique. According to Drew Pearson, Winston Churchill never made a speech of importance unless he made it before a mirror first. Pearson also declared that Woodrow Wilson employed the same technique.

The technique asks that you stand before a large mirror to see your face and upper body. Staring into your own eyes, you verbalize and speak out loud who you would like to be, or what you want to have or do. While looking in the mirror, you give yourself a pep talk and shift your mindset with authority.

"By using the mirror...you are creating a picture of yourself, your words, the sound of your voice, and your sight of the audience, to which the immediate future is to bring reality," Bristol writes. 

And, the author explains, "By looking into the mirror, you increase the mental vibrations by which the force and meaning of your words will quickly penetrate to your audience's subconscious minds." 

You are your own audience--don't forget to remind yourself of your own strength, confidence, and abilities. Here are some example affirmations you can speak into the mirror and into existence:

  • I believe in my abilities and myself. 
  • I can face this day and its challenges with strength. 
  • I let go of my fears, anxieties, and negative thoughts.
  • I am filled with hope. 
  • I trust my gut and follow my heart and intuition.
  • I take ownership of my successes and my failures.
  • I show compassion to others and myself.
  • I don't let others discourage me from my goals.
  • I have all it takes to be successful and confident.