Confidence Quotes: Wise Words from Experts0

Here is a list of confidence quotes, the wise words from experts on the subject of self-confidence and those associated with it.

These quotes, tips and suggestions might help you understand what confidence is, why you lack it, and how to boost your self-confidence or self-assurance.


“Nothing builds confidence like taking action, especially when the action involves risk and failure. Risk keeps you on life’s edge. It keeps you growing, improving, and gaining confidence. By contrast, living in a zone where you’re assured of the outcome can turn flat and dreary quickly. Action separates the timid from the bold.” – Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, The Confidence Code

“Confidence comes from stepping out of your comfort zone and working toward goals that come from your own values and needs, goals that aren’t determined by society.” – Caroline Miller

“Confidence is the stuff that turns thoughts into action.” – Richard Petty

“Optimism is the sense that everything will work out. Confidence is, ‘I can make this thing work.’” – Nansook Park

“Confidence is built over time, after you have experienced success. And the foundation of success is being prepared, knowing your environment, asking for help, having the courtesy of trust and respect, and once you get all the foundational stuff and you experience success, it builds confidence.” – Natalye Paquin

“Lack of confidence comes from being insecure and self-conscious—that arises from self-doubt, fear of failure, and worrying about what others think of you. As you get more experience, you get strength from within, not without. And that propels you into the land of confidence. Being courageous and having true grit and taking risks are also foundational. And most importantly, when you feel loved, you can do anything…at least you feel that way and that’s confidence.”  – Susan Jin Davis

“If we want to do anything with confidence – speak, paint, make love, play tennis or socialise – then we have to do the work. We have to practise the necessary skills over and over, until they come naturally. If we don’t have adequate skills to do the things we want to do, we can’t expect to feel confident. And if we don’t continually practise these skills, they either get rusty and unreliable, or they never reach a state where we can fluidly and naturally rely on them.” – Russ Harris, The Confidence Gap

“Self-confidence is “a realistic confidence in one’s own judgment, ability, and power.” Confidence is “full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing”—in this case, you. Having self-confidence means you feel comfortable with, even happy with your ability to successfully navigate through life and move past life’s problems or your own failures with the belief you are still capable and worthy.”  – Barrie Davenport, Building Confidence


“The constant barrage of negative self-talk and self-criticism wears away at our sense of self and confidence.” – Denise Jacobs, Banish Your Inner Critic

“Adversity builds confidence and self-esteem. When you muster all of your courage and determination to overcome an obstacle, you feel competent and gain confidence. You have a greater feeling of self-worth and you carry these positive feelings into subsequent activities.” – Jeff Keller, Attitude is Everything

“Staying true to your values helps build self-confidence. You feel surer of your choices, the decisions you make, your character, and who you are. Further, your behaviors are more consistent and authentic.” – Brett Blumenthal, A Whole New You

“When you change one small thing and it works, it can help breed the confidence to change other things—including bigger ones.” – Warren Berger, A More Beautiful Question

“Experience may be the most powerful force in building self-confidence. Once you know you’re good at something, though you may have a bad day or two, you know deep in the core of your being that you can get back to where you were, and continue to improve.” – Barton Goldsmith, 100 Ways on Boost Your Self-Confidence

“Studies show that smiling people are perceived as more confident and more likely to be trusted. People just feel good around them.” – Marc Reklau, Change your habits, Change your life

“Perhaps the single most effective way to increase your confidence is to reflect on past successes. When you find yourself full of self-doubt, take a moment to recall (as vividly as possible) some of the goals you have achieved, and the obstacles you overcame to do it. You can even make this an if-then plan: If I am doubting myself, then I will remember the time that I _______________.” – Heidi Grant Halvorson, Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

“Confidence can’t be faked. You must develop the attitudes and knowledge that breed confidence.” – Laurence G. Boldt, Zen and the Art of Making a Living


“Confidence is not something you build once and then it’s there forever. Confidence is like a muscle: you need to be practicing confidence-building habits every day to keep that muscle strong.” – Louisa Jewell, Wire Your Brain for Confidence

“Confidence is overrated. If you wait until you feel confident to start anything, you’re never going to start anything.” – Marie Forleo

“Naming your doubt and knowing when you are more likely to get your buttons pushed are the first steps to regaining control and confidence in your life.” – Leslie Sokol and Marci Fox, Think Confident, Be Confident

“Choosing behaviors that set you up for success increases your confidence and mastery as you go, thus increasing your natural motivation to do bigger and bigger behaviors. But it all starts small and honest and specific.” – BJ Fogg, Tiny Habits

“Having lots of competence and lots of confidence works fine. You can do something well, and you can feel confident about that. Confidence helps you to do it well, and doing it well builds more confidence. The two support each other in an upward spiral, so you get better and better at it.” –  Steve Andreas, Transforming Your Self

“New experiences will always feel a little scary. They’re supposed to. That’s the way it works. But every time you face a fear and do it anyway, you build up that much more confidence in your abilities.” – Jack Canfield, The Success Principles

“Confidence in our overall abilities to learn and improve will serve as a tremendous antidote to envy. Instead of wishing to have what another has and resorting to sabotage out of helplessness, we feel the urge to get the same for ourselves and believe we have the ability to do so.” – Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Improving breeds confidence. Improving creates a feeling of competence, and competence breeds self-confidence. Success—in your field or sometimes in any field—breeds motivation. It feels good to improve . . . so you naturally want to keep improving.” – Jeff Haden, The Motivation Myth


“To boost your self-confidence, devise and take small steps that start you working on your idea. For example, do some basic research about your idea or write down your ideas. If you are like most people, these small wins will add up to increase your confidence and to propel you forward.” – Keven D. Johnson,  The Entrepreneur Mind

“If you learn how to deal with confidence problems, you will be far, far better prepared to cope with other problems that work the same way if (or more realistically, when!) they grab you.” – Steven C Hayes

“The world is full of people who are trying to purchase self-confidence, or manufacture it, or who simply posture it. But you can’t fake confidence, you have to earn it. If you ask me, the only way to do that is work. You have to do the work.” – Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

“Confidence is like a mirror we hold up to reflect our accomplishments; the more we deliver, the more confidence we have.” – Grace Killelea, The Confidence Effect

“Confidence is a trait that has to be earned honestly and refreshed constantly; you have to work as hard to protect your skills as you did to develop them. This means vigilant practice and excellent practice habits. You’ve heard the phrase “Practice makes perfect”? Not true. Perfect practice makes perfect.” – Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

“One of the biggest barriers to success is the lack of self-confidence, which chokes out the willingness to try new disciplines.” – Dirk Zellar, Success Habits for Dummies

“There is no such thing as full confidence, or ever-present confidence. We will waver. We will have doubts. We will find ourselves in new situations of complete uncertainty. But still, we want to look inside that chaos and find that kernel of calm confidence.” – Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key

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