Self-confidence is a strange thing. There are many (many) things that can dent it. But on the flip side, there’s also a whole bunch that can help boost it. The following quotes are great morale boosters – both for times when you need a helping hand, and when you’re already soaring…
1. ”No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Whatever another person’s words or actions, you’re the only person who can allow yourself to take heed of them. Of course, not being wounded by another’s cruelty is easier said than done. Self-confidence is a fragile beast, and one that can easily change with the words of others. But what Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote is referring to, is the fact that you’re the one in control of your feeling’s, not anybody else.
2. ”If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh
Actions are one of the most powerful tools in your personal armor. Everyone has self-doubt about their own abilities at one time or another. But the best way to deal with that voice inside is to carry on regardless. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve, even when at first you don’t think you’re able.
3. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
Oh yes, Mr. Eliot – wise words indeed. You only have one life. So no matter what stage you’re at and what age you might be, if you want something, then go for it. The world abounds with people who’ve only realized their life goals in later years. But sadly, many decide that they’re too old to do anything about it. Age is, after all, just a number. If you want something enough, then why let a little thing like a few extra years stop you achieving your heart’s desire.
4. ”When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
It’s all too easy to focus on the negative aspects of life. You know, things like what you don’t have, what you didn’t achieve, or what you’ve lost. But if you need a confidence boost, try thinking about the good things in your life – in other words, focus on your blessings. Chances are you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve actually got going for you. And guess what? Positive attracts positive. Realizing what’s good about your life tends to have a snowball effect. Feeling good about one thing makes it all the easier to see the good in other aspects too.
5. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay
One trap many people fall into is being way too self-critical. Telling yourself to strive for better things is one thing, but constantly telling yourself you’re not good enough is toxic and self-perpetuating. Instead, try to look at what you know you do well. Allow yourself to see when you’re good at something. What’ve you got to lose? Nothing, except for the self-loathing. And you’ll probably be amazed at how much better you feel once you allow yourself accept your good points.
6. ”Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Peter T. Mcintyre
An amazing confidence quote, and one that many of us would do well to take heed of. Because, hey – it doesn’t matter if we’re wrong sometimes. Everyone makes mistakes – but trick is to not be scared to be wrong. Once you can get your head around that, then you’ll automatically become more confident.
7. ”It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hilary, explorer, philanthropist, and mountaineer, famous for being the first man to scale Everest, hit the nail on the head with this little quote. Self-confidence comes from within – something we all have to learn to accept. There is nothing in the physical world that’s as difficult to face than changing your opinion of yourself when you’re at an all time low. But once conquered, standing on the peak of that internal ‘mountain’ is the best feeling that anyone could wish to have.
8. “The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.” – Robert Hand
You might think that those that shout the loudest are the most confident people. But in reality, the opposite is more often the truth. The expression ‘exudes quiet confidence’ is expressing exactly that fact. Showing off is simply a coping mechanism. True self-confidence doesn’t need to be broadcast from the rooftops…
9. “Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” – Wendy Wasserstein
This natty little quote is all about the expectations you make of yourself. The most confident of people don’t simply work to others expectations. Instead, they believe that they can exceed what anyone else thinks – and that they can be remarkable.
10. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” — J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Self-doubt is one of the most destructive forces for anyone. When you know that you’re good at something, allow yourself to admit that you are. When you feel your confidence ebbing, focus on what you can do – believe in yourself, and think about what you’ve already achieved. This allows your conscious mind to accept what your sub-conscious already knows – that you truly are great at what you do.