Don't you love that feeling when you have your A-game on?
You know you've got it going on — you're feeling great, you know your stuff, the world is your oyster.
There's nothing better than the feeling of kickass self-confidence. Not the self-absorbed, boasty, I'm-better-than-you kind of confidence (which really isn't confidence at all).
I'm talking about the confidence that exudes from a certain inner knowing that you are capable, interesting, attractive enough, and worthy of love and respect.
- Confident people are able to be humble without appearing meek.
- They can admit mistakes without feeling like failures.
- They can have a beginner's mindset without seeming like fools.
You don't have to be wildly successful or the smartest kid on the block to have this kind of confidence. You don't even have to be drop-dead gorgeous or even sorta good-looking.
You just have to feel comfortable in your own skin.
“Easier said than done,” says you. “Not necessarily,” says me.
Yes, it does help if you are attractive, skilled, and have a naturally outgoing personality. But these aren't requirements for confidence.
Confidence is a skill that can be learned by anyone, even those who see themselves as shy, socially awkward, or unattractive.
In fact, have you ever noticed how a physically attractive person who is rude, narcissistic, or otherwise unpleasant or disengaged suddenly isn't so attractive anymore?
Or how someone who isn't going to make it on America's Next Top Model becomes more attractive because they exude warmth, affability, and self-assurance?
The best way to turn your self-confidence around is by working on your mindset.
How do you think about yourself?
What are the words you use to describe yourself?
What is your attitude about your capacity to grow, learn, and succeed?
Let's start there and begin to erase the negative cobwebs from your self-talk so you can see the confident person inside waiting to emerge.
Here are 57 of the best confidence quotes to change the way you think about yourself.
Quotes About Self-Love
Self-love is the source of all our other loves.
Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It's about accepting all of yourself.
To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don't wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.
Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.
~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
I think self-love isn't some destination you get to and you are then incapable of feeling those feelings, but a journey in which you adapt your experiences to make for a happier life.
Self-love, it is obvious, remains always positive and active in our natures.
~Gordon W. Allport
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
~Carl Gustav Jung
I’ve finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be?”
Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.
To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.
If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha
Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Quotes About Self-Worth
Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn't have the time to sit around and talk about you. What's important to me is not others' opinions of me, but what's important to me is my opinion of myself.
~C. JoyBell C.
Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don't need the approval of others.
~Roy T. Bennett
Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.
It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
~John Joseph Powell
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.
~Shannon L. Alder
As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.
Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you're worthy of the trip.
You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.
~Wayne W. Dyer
Being brave enough to be alone frees you up to invite people into your life because you want them and not because you need them.
We can't be so desperate for love that we forget where we can always find it; within.
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Remember, you're not half of anything, you're twice of everything.
~Viet Thanh Nguyen
The moment you feel you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.
Confidence Boosting Quotes
Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.
Done is better than perfect.
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
Power's not given to you. You have to take it.
~Beyoncé Knowles Carter
When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.
Noble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That is who you are and who you have always been. And understanding it can change your life, because this knowledge carries a confidence that cannot be duplicated any other way.
~Sheri L. Dew
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Sometimes, if you fake confidence long enough, you're going to be confident.
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Don't you dare, for one more second, surround yourself with people who are not aware of the greatness that you are.
Famous Confidence Quotes
I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.
Confidence is one of the sexiest things.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~A. A. Milne
Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Confidence is key. Sometimes, you need to look like you're confident even when you're not.
It's not whether you get knocked down. It's whether you get up.
The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
~J. K. Rowling
Do or do not. There is no try.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Use these quotes to inspire you to think confidently, act confidently, and believe that you can become a more confident person.
You may not believe in yourself right now, you may doubt your abilities or fear you don't have what it takes to be successful, appreciated, or even loved.
But the truth is . . . you are unique and gifted in your own way. Don't allow fear and self-doubt to define you and how you feel about yourself. You can define what greatness is for you and live it every single day!
Not sure about your own level of self-confidence? Take our self-confidence quiz and learn where you need to reinforce your own.