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Start Building Your Confidence

One of the ways I started building my confidence was by reading confidence quotes. I was at a point where I had so many insecurities and my confidence was lacking. I needed something. Yes, I said “needed.” People don’t often want or like to admit a “need” but acknowledging this truth allowed me to be open to new ideas. I also had to do a lot of inner work to get to the point I am now. Transformation is an ongoing journey, but this little step is what jumpstarted my journey to discovering my confidence and now owning it!

Quotes are quick, easy to read reminders, and super accessible. I find quotes to be motivating and inspiring, and they have helped me generate new ideas. When I read something I like and resonates with me, I print out the quote. Instead of printing photos, I print quotes. I place them everywhere. My bathroom mirror, my nightstand, at my desk, my work binders. I also screenshot quotes and set them as the wallpaper and home screen images on my cell phone and computers.

I have a slew of quotes, but these are some of my absolute favorites. Hopefully, these quotes will resonate with you as they did with me and use them as a tool to help you in your transformation.   

  • “I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”- Anna Freud
  • “It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.” – Oprah Winfrey
  •  “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” – Blake Lively
  • “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
  • “Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?”- Brigham Young
  • “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you, if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

The last one has been the most thought-provoking. I feel like it rings true now more than ever. It makes me think about how some people are so enthralled in their own world and have so much to deal with, they are not giving me a second thought! When we do something silly or say something we think was wrong, or awkward we tend to dwell on it for too long. We think, “Oh my God, they are thinking this or that about me.” “What if they think I’m (fill in the blank).” They may have had a thought about it when it happened, but I guarantee you it ends there. They are not taking those thoughts home with them, they are not wondering why you did such a thing, etc. Why? Because people have more important things to do. Plain and simple. It’s us who constantly overthink these silly things because of our insecurities and lack of confidence. I used to be so self-conscious about doing things by myself. I was always wondering, what are people going to think?

After coming across this quote quite sometime ago, I started giving it some thought. Let’s consider this for a moment, when you see someone out alone, do they consume your thoughts on why they are all alone or judge them for sitting there all by themselves? Probably not. Most people these days are on phones, laptops with earbuds in, working, focused on something other than you. Now I know that others aren’t thinking anything about me! So stop the endless mind chatter, because people are not giving you a second thought. If we would just find the confidence we all possess, other people’s opinions would not matter. We’d go on with our lives just as others will go on with theirs. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy inner peace? I have discovered that inner peace begins with not worrying about what others think of me, and that my friends, takes confidence.

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