Often, we look in the mirror and think we’re not good enough. We refrain from applying for new jobs, going out on a date, or trying new things in general simply because we just don’t love ourselves enough. We don’t believe in who we are and what we can give to the world.
But have you ever tried a bit of self-compassion? Have you ever tried to love yourself more? If you haven’t, it’s definitely time to make a start. If you’re struggling, let’s take a look at 10 amazing quotes that will make you love yourself more and more.
“We are always on our guard against contagious diseases of the body, but we are exasperatingly careless when it comes to the even more dangerous collective diseases of the mind.”
– Carl Jung
Sigmund Freud’s contemporary was apt to point out that we put way too much focus on physical ailments, such as cancer and diabetes, and consequently let our guard down when it comes to mental ailments, such as depression and anxiety.
These ailments swarm upon us silently, enveloping us quickly. Before we can react, it is already too late.
If you love yourself, you are more on your guard against such mental ailments. You are saying to them: “Stay back!”
“When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.”
– Joel Osteen
American pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen is so right to point out that you have to be your own cheerleader. Because, who else will cheerlead you?
It all starts with YOU. You have to champion your own cause, fight your battles, and give yourself a daily boost.
If you do rely on other people for encouragement, you will only feel down when they don’t say the things you want to hear. But guess what? Nobody is under any obligation to say anything.
“Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
As Rumi says, it isn’t so much that you need to work really hard to find love. Instead, what you really need to do is lower your barriers and let love in.
Love is not just an itch that you scratch; love is an itch right in the middle of your lower back that you simply cannot reach by brute force. What you need to do is start lowering those barriers that you have built around yourself and let some light in. You might feel unloved right now, and you may loathe yourself; but self-love will never find you until you hand it an olive branch. Open the door, take the latch off; let love in.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
– Carl Jung
Basically, you cannot achieve anything until you look inside yourself and believe in yourself. Self-love is the foundation for all your success.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
– Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was one of literature’s most original wits, and he has a quote for all occasions. When it comes to self-love, he really hits the nail on the head; to love yourself, you need to lighten up. You need to be willing to have some fun with yourself, and to embark on a life-long, whirlwind romance.
“Always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.”
– Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss had a huge imagination. The American children’s writer is mostly known for his books, such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Horton Hears A Who! but one of the key traits of his personality was that he was a glorious optimist who loved himself.
This is an uplifting quote from the writer. Just reading it over and over can bring a smile to your face and make you believe that you are a part of a positive, powerful world. You are special, and you are great, and you are strong, and you are smart, and you are beautiful. Doesn’t that feel awesome? Thank you, doctor!
“It’s your life. Be sure you’re playing to your strengths instead of simply to other people’s weaknesses.”
– Kelly Rudolph
Do you play to your own tune enough, or do you always whistle to someone else’s music? If it’s the latter, you’re doing this life thing all wrong. Instead of empowering yourself, you’re empowering others and weakening yourself.
You need to take a good assessment of your life. How much of your time are you devoting to other people? How much of your time are you devoting to your own dreams?
One of the reasons you might not be so hot on yourself right now could be that you just aren’t allowing yourself to flourish.
“May you see sunshine where others see shadows, and opportunities where others see obstacles.”
Imagine a world where we all saw shadows and zero sunshine? It would be a pretty miserable and murky place! But perhaps this is your life right now: shadows and obstacles.
To get out of your malaise, you need to start seeing sunshine. One of the best ways to do this is to disconnect yourself from negative people. Their pessimism can be infectious and it could be bringing you down.
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
– Bertrand Russell
Ever wanted to say something really out-there, only to hold yourself back because you didn’t want to come across as eccentric and downright odd?
Don’t hold back. Our beliefs define us and strengthen us; if your dream sounds a little far-fetched, don’t let that bother you. People told Picasso he couldn’t paint, but he’s now regarded as the most important artist of the 20th century.
“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”
Finally, as the 13th century poet Rumi points out, you cannot achieve your goals if you do not love yourself. Everything starts with self-love and self-compassion, and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve if you start believing in yourself. Your work, your relationships, your dreams will all fall into place.