7 Empowering Quotes to Build Self Esteem

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The reality is, life can often get us down. Sometimes empowering quotes can help give us that extra boost we need to feel motivated and ready to get back out there!

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We have put together 7 empowering quotes to build your self-esteem and give you the confidence you need to help get you through whatever you are facing right now.

1. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Washington Thurman

When we become ‘alive’ as Thurman suggests we tap into our purpose. Not only will our purpose ignite passion and motivation but it is also what the world needs!

By realizing that you have a purpose it will boost your self-esteem knowing that can add value to the people around you and indeed the world itself.

2. “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you” – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs spearheaded the creation of what is considered the world’s most valuable brand – Apple.

Nowadays he is lifted up as one of the greatest leaders of recent history, yet Jobs realized that the playing field is equal and greatness can be achieved by anyone.

That includes you.

3. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” —Dale Carnegie

When we have a low self-esteem we usually get stuck in a rut of inaction.

It’s a vicious cycle:

  1. We think we’re not good enough to achieve anything
  2. We don’t try.
  3. We achieve nothing because we don’t try.
  4. Rinse and repeat.

Empowering quotes like this one from Carnegie are a vital hard hitting reality that just sitting there will not get us anywhere!

Carnegie hit the nail on the head because sometimes the best ways to feel motivated and inspired is to just get out there and do something.

Let’s say you’re a writer and you have hit a wall of writer’s block/procrastination. It can be so easy to get stuck in the cycle mentioned above which breeds more inaction.

Many writers find the best solution is just to WRITE. It doesn’t matter if it’s not a masterpiece but the very action of putting words on paper and seeing tangible results of your effort are often enough to inspire you to keep going and helps you believe that your goal is achievable.

4. “Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are.” -Malcolm Forbes

Often our biggest enemy is ourselves because generally speaking, we are all too self-critical.

The best way to break this mindset that Malcolm Forbes has exposed in this quote is to reflect on yourself as if you are another person.

Picture meeting up with yourself in a coffee shop like you are meeting up with a friend. How would you respond to what you are saying?

If you are self-critical by nature you will find that you would be encouraging and supporting to friends in your situation but not yourself.

Highlight some thoughts you have been telling yourself recently, then respond to them as you would to a friend – you’d be surprised what great advice and encouragement you have for yourself tucked away.

5. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr. Seuss

In true Seuss style, we love this quote because it reminds us of the fact that there is only one version of us on this planet. There is no one else alive who is more you than you.

You’re a gift to the world because you are unique and only you can offer what you have.

6. “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” – T. Harv Eker

Even the most confident people in the world struggle with nerves, confidence issues, and low self-esteem at times.

The world famous singer Adele still struggles with stage fright despite performing countless times all over the world. If that doesn’t encourage you then we are not sure what will!

7. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay

The proof is in the pudding as they say. If you have been criticizing yourself for years and haven’t made any progress then it wouldn’t hurt to try something different.

Constant critique of self can be a sign of a lack of self-love. If you identify with this check out our guides on how to build up self-love and appreciation for yourself.

By speaking positive words about yourself and having hopeful expectations for outcomes and situations you may be surprised at how helpful this can be.

If you’re not sure what to say then why not memorize these empowering quotes and use them as positive words to speak over yourself?

Richard Branson is a big believer in the power of speaking positive words to yourself and the world around you and believes that it has the ability to change the outcome of a scenario.

The power of empowering quotes.

Sometimes what is even more powerful than the quotes themselves is the people who said them. We hope this list has shown you that even some of the greatest people who have ever lived face low self-esteem, confidence issues and setbacks.

We at Social Confidence Secrets are determined for you to become the best person you can be and overcome all the things that hold you back from reaching your true potential.

That’s why we have put together the complete package for achieving social confidence. It’s more than just empowering quotes, it’s an all-inclusive blueprint to becoming the confident person you want to be. Why not take the first step and try it out today?

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