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13 Quotes About Confidence That Will Encourage You to Accept Yourself

13 Quotes About Confidence That Will Encourage You to Accept Yourself

Confidence is a skill that can be learned just like anything else. If you struggle with doubt, check out these thirteen quotes about confidence for encouraging words that will help you accept yourself.

“I laugh at myself. I don’t take myself completely seriously. I think that’s another quality that people have to hold on to… you have to laugh, especially at yourself.” ― Madonna

Confident people don’t take things too seriously. They know stressing out about every embarrassing moment or minor mistake is counterproductive, so they try to find the humor in the situation.

“You will never gain anyone’s approval by begging for it. When you stand confident in your own worth, respect follows.”
― Mandy Hale

Confident people won’t change who they are to fit somebody else’s mold. They understand that people-pleasing is an exercise in futility, because they will never be able to make everybody happy.

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“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
― C. JoyBell C.

Confident people aren’t afraid to confront their fears. They strive to reach beyond what is comfortable, because true transformation cannot occur without a willingness to push yourself.

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

Confident people don’t compare themselves to others. They accept their body as it is and embrace their authentic personality without apology.

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Confident people aren’t obsessed with what other people think. They know it’s silly to be self-conscious, given the fact that most people are far too busy dealing with their own issues to care about what everybody else is doing.

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“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.” ― Venus Williams

Confident people weren’t born with high self-esteem. They probably had to struggle with personal demons like self-doubt or a poor body image before they learned to accept themselves.

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”  ― Tina Fey

Confident people won’t mince their words just because somebody might be offended. They present their ideas without filter, because they know it is better to have a few friends who accept you as you are than a lot of friends who can’t handle the truth.

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” ― Coco Chanel

Confident people don’t believe “failure” is a scary thing to be avoided. They stay encouraged by reminding themselves that mistakes are nothing more than learning opportunities in disguise.

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“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou

Confident people aren’t ruled by their circumstances. They know they can’t control every thing that happens to them, but they take personal responsibility by striving to react in a positive manner.

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ― Marilyn Monroe

Confident people don’t believe in hero worship. They might have positive role-models they look up to and learn from, but they have no interest in being a copy-cat.

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”― Sylvia Plath

Confident people couldn’t achieve much if they didn’t believe in themselves. They remind themselves that doubt is just a nagging voice in their head, and discard negative thoughts that don’t serve their passion or purpose.

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“You can’t move mountains by whispering at them.” ― Pink

Confident people aren’t willing to stay silent when they see injustice in the world. They draw attention to issues they care about by speaking with conviction, no matter what “society” has to say about it.

“Never dull your shine for somebody else.”― Tyra Banks

Confident people won’t shrink themselves for the sake of others. They refuse to let negative people steal their power, because they know they deserve a happy and fulfilling life.

Featured photo credit: Urban Grafitti Portrait/Trenten Kelley via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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