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Words to Build Self Esteem

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
Updated: November 20th, 2020

Reviewed by Dr. Ingrid Schweiger, PhD Psychotherapist and Author of Self esteem for a Lifetime

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Positive words that inspire and encourage can help you build your self esteem and help you feel words of inspiration bring love and self esteem better about yourself. As a life coach, published author, and former sufferer of low self esteem and depression, I know how powerful inspirational quotes can be. This page contains some powerful quotes you can use to build your self esteem and confidence.

But before we take a look at some wonderful words that will inspire you take a look at the image and think about the meaning of love. As with all things, including self esteem and even happiness, they come from within you.

How to Build Your Self Esteem and Happiness:

  • Who are you? Listen to your inner voice and follow it for it is wisdom and knows what is best for you.
  • Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • Think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best – you deserve nothing less.
  • Care about the happiness and success of others and offer them all the help and encouragement they need.
  • Forget your past mistakes and focus on your successes encouraging yourself to greater achievements in the future.
  • Always do your best so you can be proud that you gave it your best shot.
  • When you help someone, ask nothing in return, you will receive your reward ten times over. Try this fantastic meditation video – it’ll blow your mind! Ask for Nothing, Receive Everything

Muhammad Ali Quotes:

Muhammad Ali confidence quote

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”

“If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

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More Words of Inspiration

  • Good people strengthen themselves endlessly – Confucius
  • Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb…that’s where the fruit is
  • The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. – E. E. Cummings
  • You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. – Wayne Dyer
  • Insist on yourself. Never imitate -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone – Ralph Waldo Emerson

See more inspirational quotes at Brainy Quote

Feeling Down and need Inspiration?

Inspiration is something we all need from time to time. Are you feeling down? Lost your way or your direction? Bored? Perhaps you’ve taken a knock and feel rather negative about life. Whatever you feel and whatever the cause nothing has the power to motivate you like words.

Words of inspiration and quotes can inspire you daily – if you repeat them they become affirmations.

The Power of Words

Remember that words are powerful, those of others can hurt you or motivate you and the most powerful words of all are those you repeat inside your head. If you constantly criticize yourself or tell yourself you are not good enough then your self esteem suffers. On the other hand, positive words inside your head can really lift you and encourage yourself. This is why your self talk should not be negative.

Another thing words can do is help you become more confident and positive. Self hypnosis is another amazingly effective way to change the way you think and feel. It is a highly successful technique because it uses the positive power of words on your mind and body.

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Positive Thinking

For me personally, when I faced depression and low self esteem, I needed ways to help change my negativity into positivity and I chose words as the tool I would use. Let me explain.

I read inspiring books and set my mind on a program of renewal and education into methods that produce not only a better level of self esteem but more positive thinking. This helped to bring me to a place where I found the hope I needed to face my problems both physical and mental. You can do the same. The first thing I recommend then is to read books filled with inspiring words that will allow you to rediscover joy and love in your world.What kind of books? A great one to start with is Words to live by: Inspiration for everyday by Eknath Easwaran. This will certainly point you in the right direction.

Inspirational Words and Quotes

On this page I have listed many quotations that can lift your spirits and change your thinking. Words alone can do nothing unless you think about them and feel their power and message and here is another book that will allow you to do just that. Motivating Quotes for Motivated People will open your eyes and your heart and fill you with hope again. Books can change you and this one truly will, I promise you.

Let your Creativity out!

This following piece is from the third newsletter I sent out in July 2002 and talks about the value of creativity. This is something that makes you unique and will help to inspire you to more self esteem:

If you realise your creative potential you will be happy and increase your level of self esteem. In this article I will explain the importance of being creative and how developing your creativity will benefit you.

You have a creative urge within. We all do. Don’t ignore it or you will feel you are “cheating” yourself. Find time to satisfy this deep need within yourself.

I took up oil painting about five months ago. It was something I had always wanted to do but somehow I never found the time. I decided to make the time. Now I have five paintings to show for my efforts! I am very happy with these and when friends comment positively on them, guess what? I feel happy and my self esteem has received a boost. Others are confirming I have achieved something, I am special and have a talent I have newly discovered. I always suspected I had this talent now I have proved it but the most important is that I have proved it to myself. Maybe I can even achieve greater things!

Maybe you have talents and you don’t know about them yet. Maybe there is something creative you want to take up. Don’t delay – you can find the time – it’s worth it!

Low Self Confidence

If you suffer from low self confidence you may even tell yourself that you won’t be any good and so it’s not worth bothering. You need to get over this and try everything. Low self confidence is your enemy. Build your Self Confidence – Hypnosis downloads – quick, easy and guaranteed to help you build your confidence (prepared by experienced psychologists and gets my full recommendation)

Go for it! Try your creative hand perhaps you’ll surprise yourself! Even doing something just for the enjoyment of it is worthwhile because you are satisfying a need and therefore taking care of yourself. When you do this you are increasing your self esteem.

Besides, creative activity will provide you with an outlet to express yourself. Poetry, painting, music, writing and so on is therapy for the soul and mind!

So be creative. Whatever you choose to do will be time well spent. Its a good idea, though, to get instruction as this will help you improve and give you encouragement to develop your talents. Good luck your self esteem is going to be higher!

There are many helpful books on self esteem. Check out the self help bookstore for my personal selection of the best of these.

More Information about Creativity:

Find out about the connection between self esteem and creativity (This recommended external link will open in a new window)

Words of Inspiration Can Help Your Self Esteem

Words are everywhere and as we said this includes your head. Reading inspiring books that help you to improve yourself and live a better life are a great source of motivating words but there is another wonderful source of inspiration that involves another one of your senses and that relaxes and soothes you immediately – music. Music can be healing, I particularly love New Age Music that soothes the soul and inspires hope.

My Audio CD “A More Confident You”

If you believe you have poor self confidence or low self esteem, where do you think that came from? Have words had a part to play in that? I bet they have. The words of others can stick in your mind and, if critical, can fuel your own negative beliefs about yourself. It stands to reason that the opposite is true, words can heal also. I have developed a 60 minute audio that can help you to build your self confidence. If you’d like to leave the old negative you behind and build up your self esteem and confidence levels then let you need to listen to my audio A More Confident You available now, just click the link to learn more now.

“Just finished it, feeling motivated! Like the questions asked, short and simple, yet they really make you think!”
Karen Lewis

Website Author and Editor Bio

Photo of Karl Perera, MA, DipLC Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach (DipLC), Teacher (MA) and author of Self Esteem Secrets. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Confidence.

19 thoughts on “Words to Build Self Esteem”

  1. Hailey

    I think that this page is inspirational because its explaining how you can inspire yourself. And to be honest I have a lot self esteem so it really helped me. And what I like to think in my head that helps me is that, that person isnt better than me she isnt what I want on my body i can work my butt off to achieve my goals and not let anyone bring me down or tell me someone else is better than me.

  2. I am so looking forward to reading your book. My self esteem has been kicked in the mouth by someone wearing steel toe boots.
    I’m rising from the aftermath, it didn’t kill me, but regaining my strength has been a struggle.

  3. Kolyanne

    Great post! There is no such thing as too many inspirational words. We need them daily. Thank you:)

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  4. Pendaftaran

    Thanks a lot for sharing information through this article. Keep working

  5. Pendaftaran

    your articles are very inspiring for the readers

  6. thanks so much for sharing this words.

  7. vani bala.r

    Your articles are very inspiring. Feels motivated every time i read. Thank You.

  8. Bupathi

    Thank you for your self esteem articles that give new sight for my life.

    Thank you very much !

  9. Christopher mukumbuta

    Since I started reading your message, I have increased my self-esteem in such a way that I’m happy with my self. It is really helping to listen to the words inside me instead of following the people. Touching enough is today ‘s words where you said that when you help somebody you should not expect the reward from that individual. A GOOD TEACHING INDEED.

  10. james goodman

    this is really moltivating, keep it greatest

  11. Denis.

    I am really so sorry for not communicating back.I love the insights of Ali, but they remind me of all the the good lessons I have learnt from you. I realized that what make me fear is what I think will happen before it actually happens. When I think I will be nervous in some circumstance, indeed I will. When I have not thought a bout it, it does not happen. I thank you for building my life, I have come along long way. God bless. Denis.

  12. patricia mulyanga

    Karl perera
    Great work I am growing everyday and getting inspired to be better. This is a great piece of work. Keep up the good work.

  13. Tauqeer

    Your tips are realy very helpful in personality building ,Tribute to all time geart sportsman and legend of this century also appreciatable. Keep up the good work.

  14. Thank you. It is useful tool and inspiring.

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