Updated: Jul 31
Everyone has the right to feel good about themselves. But, it can be very difficult to feel good about oneself when one is at his lowest. Grave situations easily draw a person into a downward spiral of lower self-esteem. These 15 quotes will make you easily build or rebuild your self-esteem.
1. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."--Thomas A. Edison
2. "A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you."--Joyce Meyer
3. "Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it."--Fyodor Dostoevsky
4. "I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have come across my strength."--Alex Elle
5. “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”--Christopher Reeve
6. "I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it."--Maya Angelou
7. "The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected."--Nicholas Sparks
8. "The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together."--Saadi
9. "Each day you only have a limited amount of time and energy. Don’t waste it stressing about things you cannot control." --Karen Salmansohn
10. "Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."--Henry David Thoreau
11. We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.--Joseph Campbell
12. You got to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one.--Bob Parsons
13. "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no less enthusiasm."--Winston Churchill
14. "Things do not change, we change."--Henry David Thoreau
15. "I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work."--Thomas Edison
Building and Rebuilding Your Self Esteem
It's not an inherited trait but a learned skill. Anyone can possess high self-esteem if they really want to, but for some, building positive thoughts about oneself is often difficult. Most people feel bad about themselves from time to time.
Feelings of low self-esteem may be triggered by being treated poorly by someone else recently or in the past, or by a person's own judgments of him or herself. This is normal. However, low self-esteem is a constant companion for too many people, especially those who experience depression, anxiety, phobias, psychosis, delusional thinking, or people who suffer from a lingering illness or disability.
If you are one of these people, you may go through life feeling bad about yourself needlessly. Low self-esteem keeps you from enjoying life. It hinders you from doing the things you want to do. It blocks your path towards achieving personal goals.
Everyone has the right to feel good about themselves. But sometimes, it can be very difficult to feel good about oneself when one is under stress. It can be especially challenging when one faces situations that are hard to manage.
One can hardly muster a smile or find anything positive in life when a person is deeply burdened by a physical disability, financial woes, a troubled relationship, or any other emotional upheaval. When a person faces a grave situation, it is easy to be drawn into a downward spiral of lower self-esteem.
Feeling good about oneself is important not only for one's psychological or emotional health. It is also a necessary factor in improving physical health. Self-esteem is based on how you see your abilities and your worth as a person.
People with low self-esteem are often shy, full of anxiety, and often battle depression. They are negative about themselves and their abilities. Because they don't feel worthwhile, they are more likely to do things that are not good for their health, such as going on starvation diets and smoking.
People with high self-esteem tend to be secure and confident. They see themselves and their abilities positively. Because they know it is important to take care of themselves, they are more likely to eat well and to have a healthy lifestyle.
Contrary to common opinion, gaining self-esteem is not that hard or complicated. All steps, big and small, towards gaining self-esteem fall into two main categories: Avoid the negative and accentuate the positive.