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The road to confidence is paved by daily accomplishments.

Those enjoying winning streaks thus win twofold. They win not only the game but also the right to greater self-determination. They become masters of their own fate. That feeling of efficacy, of being in charge of circumstances, is the essence of confidence. Winning once or twice is encouraging, but winning continuously is empowering.


Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.


There is no value-judgment more important to a man--no factor more decisive in his psychological development and motivation--than the estimate he passes on himself.

NATHANIEL BRANDEN, The Psychology of Self-Esteem

Who has self-confidence will lead the rest.

HORACE, Epistles

I have always felt like you really don't have a genuine confidence unless you demonstrate the ability to do something. You can talk about it, but you have to demonstrate it.

BILL PARCELLS, San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 23, 2006

Once men's confidence is thoroughly aroused it is likely to run riot.

GEORGE E. PUTNAM, The American Economic Review, Mar. 1920

Confidence is a fine trait. Overconfidence isn't.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Obsidian Butterfly

Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.

CHANNING POLLOCK, attributed in The Book of Positive Quotations

Confidence is a natural life force designed to overcome dark times.

SHEENAH HANKIN, Complete Confidence

No matter what a woman looks like, if she's confident, she's sexy.


They can do all because they think they can.

VIRGIL, Aeneid

Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom; youth is the season of credulity.

WILLIAM PITT, speech, Jan. 14, 1766

Lack of confidence is what makes you want to change somebody else's mind. When you're OK, you don't need to convince anyone else in order to empower yourself.

JADA PINKETT SMITH, Good Housekeeping, Sept. 2009

If you never struggle with confidence, you obviously are not stretching yourself far enough. You are not pressing to the edge of your abilities. In other words, the only way to never struggle with confidence is to play it safe. Play it known. Play it in a way that you achieve stability, but lose opportunity.

TIMOTHY URSINY, The Confidence Plan

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Low self-confidence is simply a problem of Awareness. Once you are aware of the Truth about yourself, you will be able to understand why you are the way you are and, most importantly, learn to love and accept yourself.

ROBERT ANTHONY, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence

Confidence sounds like rock and roll, loud, strong and played without apology.

TIMOTHY URSINY, The Confidence Plan

If we do have realistic confidence ... if we feel secure within ourselves, we tend to experience the world as open to us and to respond appropriately to challenges and opportunities. Self-esteem empowers, ennergizes, motivates. It inspires us to achieve and allows us to take pleasure and pride in our achievements.

NATHANIEL BRANDEN, The Power of Self-Esteem

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.


Our success at friendship, business, sports, love--indeed, at nearly every enterprise we attempt--is largely determined by our self-image. People who have a confidence in their personal worth seem to be magnets for success and happiness.

ALAN LOY MCGINNIS, Confidence: How to Succeed at Being Yourself

Winning becomes easier over time as the cornerstones of confidence become habits.


The best way for you to gain confidence is to prepare so well on something ... that there can be little chance to fail.


Total self-confidence is built through positive expectations. You can build positive expectations by knowing that you have the power within to overcome any obstacle that lies ahead. So many people have a magnetic attraction to the past. They save momentos, clippings, old letters, and trivia. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you want to succeed, your mind must focus on where you are going, not on where you have been. Instead of saving momentos, clippings, old letters, and trivia from the past, it would be more productive to make a scrapbook with pictures of where you want to go and what you want to be in the future.

ROBERT ANTHONY, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence

Confidence is the bridge connecting expectations and performance, investment and results.


Ours is the one ever-present voice in our lives. Therefore, it is crucial that our self-talk instill confidence within us and is supportive, not submerging, and that our attitudes toward ourselves help keep our spirits afloat through acceptance and trust. We are our own most important and influential buoy.

SUE PATTON THOELE, The Woman's Book of Confidence

Confidence is the mark of a hopeful disposition.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

Confidence is you've been on that bull before and you know you're gonna ride 'im.

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH, Letters to a Young Artist

Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.

CRISS JAMI, Venus in Arms

The road to confidence is paved by daily accomplishments.

KEITH JOHNSON, The Confidence Makeover

People who lack confidence do not understand other people. Seeing others through their own critical lens, they nervously perceive them as judgmental and rejecting. In order to offset their own shame and self-pity, many will pour blame and criticism onto others, and never look at their part in a problem.

SHEENAH HANKIN, Complete Confidence

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won before you have started.



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