How are you feeling today my friend?
Are you ready to seize the day and take on the world?
Are you filled with confidence and eager to share your ideas, start a new project, or take on a challenge?
How often do you wake up feeling this way?
Sometimes it seems self-confidence is a butterfly, and we have to wait until it lands on our shoulder before we can experience it. Some days we wake up and it’s there, fanning us in the face with its golden wings. Other days (more often than we’d like to admit), it eludes us completely. It’s a mercurial feeling that sweeps in and out without warning, a feeling over which we have little control. Or is it?
Especially on those low-confidence days, we believe we have little control over our feelings of empowerment, self-reliance, or motivation. We’re overwhelmed with feelings of self-doubt, fear, or confusion about how to act or what to say. We feel judged, inadequate, or unattractive. Those powerful negative feelings cloud our awareness that we DO have control. We do have the power and ability within us to boost self-confidence in the short term, and to learn the skills of confidence to sustain it for a lifetime.
I have reached out to top online personal development experts to share some wisdom with you about putting self-confidence back in YOUR control.
Here are 15 confidence boosting quotes to inspire you . . .
“The most important step in building self confidence is simply to take action. Working on something and getting it done. Sitting at home and thinking about it will just make you feel worse.”
~Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog
“While it may not seem so, if you are low in self-confidence, I strongly believe that you can do things to increase your self-confidence. It is not genetic, and you do not have to be reliant on others to increase your self-confidence. And if you believe that you are not very competent, not very smart, not very attractive, etc. … that can be changed.”
~Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
“Recognize that the world is not looking at you. Besides, most people are too busy looking at themselves. Instead of watching yourself as if you are other people, bring your awareness inwards. Armed with your understanding of what makes you shy, seek within yourself and become the observing presence of your thoughts. Self awareness is the first step towards any change or life improvement.”
~Tina Su, Think Simple Now
“Confidence comes from knowing your competence but acknowledging it’s not solely responsible for creating your world. When you take that weight off your shoulders and realize that sometimes the twists and turns have nothing to do with what you did or should have done, it’s easier to feel confident in what you bring to the table.”
~Lori Deschene, Tiny Buddha
“To build true confidence, you have to not mind being wrong. You have to take a stand, and then admit it if and when you realize your standpoint is wrong. It’s a process of trial and error that helps you discover what IS right. And finding out what is right is a lot more important than always being right.”
~Marc and Angel, Marc and Angel.com
“The relationship between self-confidence and self-esteem is not as close as you might think. First of all, we should never conclude that a lack of confidence in one, or even several areas, is somehow tied to a lack of self-esteem. Even people with a healthy sense of self-worth have areas in their life where they don’t have a great deal of confidence. The distinction here is in realizing that ability does not equal personal worth.”
~Jonathan Wells, Advanced Life Skills
“I have spent way too much time in my life worrying that I was doing my life wrong. But now I see that I can change. Right now. Right now I can be someone who assumes I am making good decisions. Because we each have to make decisions. So we may as well assume they are good. There’s not really anything else to do.”
~Penelope Trunk, Penelope Trunk.com
“You can’t expect to have forward leaps in your life if you just do what you’ve always been doing. If you want to get different results, you must do things differently. You must move out of your comfort zone and take risks. It’s a “bet” because you could fail, but it’s a bet worth taking because that’s how you progress.”
~Donald Latumahina, Life Optimizer
“You probably don’t truly realize what an amazing feat of evolution you are.You have conquered every adversity life has thrown at you and will continue to do so for (hopefully) decades.You have adapted to circumstances you’d rather not have had to adapt to, and you have avoided hundreds of opportunities to die on a weekly basis. You have a brain that even with modern technology can still outwit a computer, It is also way, way, more complex. And you also have a body that can withstand amazing amount of physical abuse, pain and indignity and still bounce back. You underestimate yourself . . . .”
~Tim Brownson, A Daring Adventure
“Every day, you wake up in your skin. You hang out with yourself 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How you feel matters! If you want to live an awesome life – you aren’t going to magically stumble across it. And that is where the problem arises: most people move through everyday with no game plan. They say they want to accomplish big things, yet they don’t even try to implement a strategy to make it happen. Is there any surprise this isn’t working? So here’s the key: If you want to live an awesome, exciting, engaging life you have to create a plan that allows you have an awesome exciting and engaging life.”
~Izzy Arkin, The 30-Year-Old-Ninja
“It’s one of the questions I’m asked most often…What if I choose wrong? People are so freaked out about making the wrong choice. Traveling down the wrong road. ‘Wasting’ time, money, energy on the wrong thing. Newsflash. With rare exception. The only bad decision is indecision, followed by inaction. It doesn’t matter whether you choose right. There is no wrong. No such thing as wasted time, money or energy…IF: (1) you commit to being present and engaged in whatever you’re doing, and (2) you approach everything with curiosity and openness, always a student.”
~Jonathan Fields, Jonathan Fields.com
“Positivity is a decision.This is a huge life truth that actually many people don’t realize. If you create an internal self-talk that is positive and reassuring, you will find yourself more prepared and more confident for any situation. Instead of dwelling in negativity or complaining, set yourself up for success by having the right attitude.”
~Alex Blackwell, The Bridgemaker
“We all would rather have others laugh when we make a joke, and nod when we make a point. It feels good, and we naturally seek good feelings even if they lead us to bad places. If you get hooked on those little moments of approval, then anxiety can grow around the possibility of not getting them. The more you need approval, even in the smallest doses, the more disapproval hurts, and the more you will interpret it as a sign that there is something wrong with you.”
~David Cain, Raptitude
“The moment you start your escape from mediocrity, the critics will emerge. They’ll do everything in their power to stop you out of their own fear of knowing that they’re making a choice to defend the status quo. Pay no attention to them. Don’t live your life through the expectations of people that won’t deal with the consequences of your choices.”
~Srinivas Rao, The Skool of Life
“Make action a habit. Don’t wait until things are just right. There is never a perfect time to begin. There is only now. Expect that things will be difficult. Know that there will be setbacks. Remember how strong you are. Expect to succeed anyway. When you take action fear fades and confidence rises.”
~Tess Marshall, The Bold Life
What has inspired your toward confidence? What actions have you taken or do you take on a regular basis to keep your confidence high? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.