At some point in life, you realize that bad things happen sometimes and you can’t do anything about them. Maybe you lost your job recently and didn’t have much money saved up beforehand, or maybe you suffered a bad breakup and doubt if you’ll ever find love again. Life gives us so many reasons to doubt ourselves that we lose sight of our greatness sometimes. We start to second-guess our abilities and self-worth when it feels like life knocks us down, and our self-esteem takes a beating.

For those days when you feel self-doubt hitting you extra hard, we have some quotes and tidbits of inspiration to keep you going.

Repeat these 15 phrases when you don’t believe in yourself:

1. No one else determines my self worth.

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

If you let others bring you down all the time, you’ll never gain the strength to lift yourself back up. Depending on others for validation or approval will only lead to disappointment. There will always be haters in life, but you don’t have to allow their opinion of you to shape the one you have of yourself.

2. I am more than my failures.

Especially in today’s world, it seems that people have forgotten what truly matters. We have started to place productivity and achievement higher than character and morals. Therefore, we have an epidemic of low self-esteem because people can’t keep up with the impossible standards society sets. Remember, however, that your true value lies in the kindness and compassion you can offer to the world, and this will help you believe in yourself.

3. I trust my heart to lead the way.

It may not always feel this way, but you have the freedom to choose whatever and whoever you want to be. You don’t have to adhere to a certain image that you think society wants you to portray; you can act, think and believe in whatever way feels best to you. Never allow others to make decisions that only your heart can make.

4. I release the past and embrace the future.

To believe in yourself, you have to live in the present moment. You can only create from this moment you have now, so living in the past or ruminating about the future won’t do any good. If you’re holding onto memories from the old days, you have to let them go in order to move forward with your life and get to a positive place.

5. I know I’m close to my goals.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas A. Edison

So many people give up right before they have that breakthrough they needed, so always believe in yourself and don’t let anyone steal your thunder. You were meant for greatness.

6. I compare myself to no one.

Comparison is a killer of dreams and self-confidence. Just be you and don’t worry about what others have to say. You can’t compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter twenty. Stay in your own lane and drive at whatever speed feels comfortable for you to reach your goals.

7. I surrender my stress and fall into the flow.

Don’t fight life when it feels like you’re drowning; just surrender and let go in order to breathe again. Ask for help if you need it, because all of us need guidance at some point.

8. I am not trying to be perfect and accept myself wholly.

Don’t try to reach perfection because it doesn’t exist. That’s just a concept someone came up with in order for us to remain in a state of dissatisfaction. Believe in yourself and see the beauty inside of you already, and watch yourself flourish.

9. I will make it one step at a time.

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t get ahead of yourself. Take small steps toward your goals, because you can only get so much accomplished in a day. Take your time and remember to breathe.

10. I trust myself.

You can’t get anywhere if you don’t believe in yourself, so don’t ever let the naysayers win. Find your own voice and follow it.

11. I will keep looking up.

We take this life so seriously sometimes. Remember to laugh and look at life on the bright side, because none of us knows all the answers anyway.

12. Positive thinking is my friend.

Of course you can’t always think positively, but it sure helps to try! The next time something bad happens, try to find the silver lining and give thanks for being able to see another day.

13. I am grateful.

Like we hinted at already, life becomes much brighter when you can remain thankful for all your experiences, even the bad ones.

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14. I remain humble.

Yes, to believe in yourself takes confidence, but it also takes a good dose of humility. Everyone can teach you something, so remember to keep an open mind and learn from what life offers you. You don’t have all the answers and neither do I, so why don’t we share what we’ve learned along the way?

15. I love myself exactly as I am.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

You don’t need to change to become acceptable to society; just be yourself and don’t ask permission to do so. You don’t need to be accepted by others; you just need to accept yourself!

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