I don’t believe children can develop in a healthy way unless they feel they have value apart from anything they own or any skill they learn. They need to feel they enhance the life of someone else, that they are needed.
— Fred Rogers
We can help our children accept themselves for who they are by showing them that we accept ourselves – with our unique qualities, and our weaknesses as well as our strengths.
— Dorothy Nolte
Nurturing competence, the food of self-esteem, comes from acknowledging and appreciating the positive contributions your children make. By catching our kids doing things right, we bring out the good that is already there.
— Stephanie Marston
Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.
— Alvin Price
When I had progressed in my piano lessons far enough to play simple hymns, Father would sometimes allow me the fun of being the pianist in a small church meeting. Therefore, early, I was given a sure sense of self-worth, the recognition of my individuality, and the assurance of being loved and cherished. These are securities that parents can give their children only through their actions.
— Catherine Marshall
Confidence is not thinking, “I just know that somehow things will turn out all right.” It’s thinking, “I know that if I do all the things necessary to succeed, I will succeed.”
— Dr. Bob Rotella
Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.
— Joseph Storey
True confidence is founded on the knowledge of God’s great love for us, and it doesn’t require the approval or recognition of others.
— Mary Lou Retton
I was not a winner when I first came out on the tour. I had to develop a trust in myself that I had the ability to win.
— Tom Watson
If you want to create a vision for your life and then follow that vision, you must have confidence. You gain confidence by concentrating on the talents and attributes and personal history that make you special and unique.
— Stedman Graham
When we call on God, He bends down His ear to listen, as a father bends down to listen to his little child.
— Elizabeth Charles
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
— Psalm 30:11
God has not promised to deliver us from trouble, but He has promised to go with us through the trouble.
— Billy Graham
When we place our dependence in God, we are unencumbered, and we have no worry. This confidence, this sureness of action, is both contagious and an aid to the perfect action. The rest is in the hands of God – and this is the same God, gentlemen, who has won all His battles up to now.
— Vince Lombardi
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
— Matthew 11:28-29
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
— Roger Bannister
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
— Galatians 6:9
The secret to persevering is building your self-esteem so you can take rejection and move on to the next opportunity.
— Jack Canfield
Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
— Ted Williams
A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It’s all a matter of pride.
— Nancy Lopez
If you have confidence, you have patience.
— Ilie Nastase
The ones who believed in themselves the most were the ones who won.
— Florence Griffith-Joyner
The higher your confidence, the faster other people’s doubts about you will evaporate.
— Brian Koslow
One thing I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
— Lucille Ball
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
— Norman Vincent Peale
Building self-confidence in others is a huge part of leadership. It comes from providing opportunities and challenges for people to do things they never imagined they could do – rewarding them after each success in every way possible.
— Jack Welch
Leaders articulate and define what has previously remained implicit or unsaid, then they invent images, metaphors and models that provide a focus for new attention.
— Warren Bennis
However desperate the situation, a senior commander must always exude confidence in the presence of his subordinates. For anxiety topside, can spread like cancer down through the command.
— General Omar Bradley
The opportunist thinks of me and today. The statesman thinks of us and tomorrow.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
A leader is like a battalion commander who isn’t content to read the menus but insists on going into the mess hall to taste the food himself. Not only does he know more about what’s being fed to his subordinates, but he’s considered a better leader by his troops.
— Peter Drucker
It’s when things get tough, as they invariably do, that people with real talent separate themselves from the competition by finding ways to think confidently despite the hard times.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
Winners look like winners. Exude a confident image, even if you don’t feel confident.
— Stan Smith
Nothing is too high for a man to reach, but he must climb with care and confidence.
— Hans Christian Anderson
Confidence means being able to laugh at yourself.
— Bill Russell
I’ve gone through life believing in the strength and competence of others; never in my own. Now, dazzled, I discovered that my capacities were real. It was like finding a fortune in the lining of an old coat.
— Joan Mills