It’s difficult to find people who are original. They don’t have to sugar coat their life, to make it seem better than it is. Sure, fitting with the ‘in-crowd’ gets you into the social circle, but you could be hindering your identity unintentionally.
If you build relationships on fake smiles and giggles, then you don’t have a relationship at all. It is exhausting for your body, mind, and spirit to try to fit in. You will only produce negative energy. However, just being you can create positive energy.
Think of the ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ options on our computer screens. We all want to be the perfect person according to social media and news. No one will ever tell us apart. You will be a better person if you can create your own voice among a sea of people trying to copy each other.
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“Those who inspire others are people who are themselves. Why not try to be an inspiration to others?” – Annette Szproch
Accepting who we are is key to this. We’re all made uniquely different, and embracing that is how we become a role model for others. With all the filters that Instagram offers, wouldn’t it be nice to show off to not have to choose? The best filter we can use to show off our confidence is self-confidence. It not only builds us, but also helps others.
Realizing our differences with others can help us build stronger relationships and improve our understanding of ourselves. Are you ever tempted to look in the mirror and wonder who the other person behind you is? I’ve been there and I’ve realized how much harm comes from just not loving our own reflection. This could be due in part to a lack of self-image. We don’t work on ourselves enough to value our strengths and recognize our weaknesses.
Accepting our mistakes will make it easier to accept them. We’re all human so let’s start acting like it. We are not made from aluminum or steel. Our connection is made up of blood, emotions, neurons, and nerves. We must first connect with ourselves if we want to build deeper relationships with others.
These are the top “be yoursef” quotes that will inspire you to start your journey towards loving yourself and finding your true self.
1. Saying ‘no’ is better than yes.
“It’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.” —Steve Jobs
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2. The hardest battle is to be yourself.
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”—E.E. Cummings
3. Rely on yourself.
“No matter what the situation, remind yourself ‘I have a choice.’”—Deepak Chopra
4. Being a friend.
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. They will accept whatever you feel at any given moment. That’s what real love amounts to-letting a person be what he really is.”—Jim Morrison
5. Don’t be afraid to show your fearlessness.
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”—Dolly Parton
6. As God and Goddesses.
“Being brave enough to just be unapologetic for who you are‚ that’s a goddess.”—Banks
7. You can control how you see things.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
8. You’re enough to the world.
“Don’t dilute yourself for any person or any reason. YouYou are enough Be unapologetically you.”—Steve Maraboli
9. Others will choose you.
“You can’t make people be or do what you want. All you can do is be unapologetic about what you want and let others show up however they can.”—Gabrielle Bernstein
10. YouYou are worthy to grow.
“This is not the moment to wilt into the underbrush of your insecurities. You’ve earned the right to grow.”—Cheryl Strayed
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11. Don’t depend on others to dream for you.
“It’s not your responsibility to want the life that others want for you.”—Colin Wright
12. Do not confine yourself to your identity
“Don’t let others box you into their idea of what they think you should be. Living with a narrow identity is a terrible way to be. Live free and be yourself. Trust that in living true to yourself, you will attract people that support and love you, just as you are.”—Jaeda deWalt
13. Take a leap of faith and discover yourself.
“What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high with intention and heart. Do not forget the vision the committee created. You get to make your life.”—Cheryl Strayed
14. Avoid people who are cold.
“I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.”― Eminem
15. Both gentle and powerful.
“…she doesn’t have to choose between being gentle or being fierce. Both are found in nature, and both are present in her. That’s ok. She’ll know to nourish them both and when applicable, use each unapologetically.”—Steve Maraboli
16. There’s the power to just being yourself.
“Being your authentic and unapologetic self… Now that’s courage, confidence, and self-love! Never underestimate yourself… There’s great power in simply being YOU.”—Stephanie Lahart
17. Don’t live with regrets.
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”—Shannon L. Alder
18. Don’t conceal your identity.
“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.”—Carl Rogers
19. Confidence can be the main catalyst.
“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”—Marcus Garvey
20. Find strength within.
“The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.”—Tony Robbins
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21. Life shouldn’t be a masquerade ball.
“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”—Andre Berthiaume
22. You’ll feel like you are being exfoliated.
“No other version, no matter how perfect it is, would ever feel better than being your true self.”—Edmond Mbiaka
23. We are more likely to become mad if we don’t let go of our identity.
“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”—Allen Ginsberg
24. Don’t become the victim.
“Never be bullied into silence. Do not allow yourself to become a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life but define yourself.”—Harvey Fierstein
25 Avoid the copy-paste effect
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”—Judy Garland
26. Be yourself despite the ridicule from others
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”—Frederick Douglass
27. Self-care is an art form.
“Be true to yourself. Each day can be a masterpiece. Help others. Good books can be a source of inspiration. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”—John Wooden
28. Take care of your ears
“Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life.”—Meg Medina
29. Limit our worries of other’s perceptions.
“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” —Virginia Satir
30. We are responsible to act as our own person.
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”—Eleanor Roosevelt
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31. Don’t fall into fashion trends.
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress, and the way to live.”—Gianni Versace
32. To become a shepherd.
“Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!”—Mandy Hale
33. You can voice your opinion.
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”—Bertrand Russell
34 Be remembered for being real
“YouYou were an original when you were born. Don’t die a copy.”—John Mason
35 With your fierceness, you set the world ablaze
“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”—St. Catherine of Sienna
36. It is sad to be unoriginal.
“There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.”—Anton Chekhov
37. Don’t fall in the trap of being accused of being wrong.
“Just because they disagree, doesn’t mean you ain’t right.”—Toba Beta
38. Choose excitement over monotonous life.
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”—Marilyn Monroe
39. Always shine brighter than sunlight
“Never dull your shine for somebody else.”—Tyra Banks
40. Every day, celebrate weirdness.
“I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.”—Johnny Depp
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41 If you’re gonna be a sheep, be one of a different color.
“I’m the pink sheep in the family.”—Alexander McQueen
42 Honesty is a sign of authenticity.
“Originality is… a by-product of sincerity.”—Marianne Moore
43 YouYou are the only one in control of how your story will be told.
“YouYou have to be the author of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.”—Irene C. Kassorla
44 Try to resist the urge to say exactly what you mean.
“Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses.”—Brian Tracy
45 It is easier to be just you.
“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. What other people want is the most difficult thing. Don’t let them put you in that position.”—Leo Buscaglia
46 Be someone that hasn’t set foot in this world.
“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.”—Edwin Elliott
47 Be yourself first before you love someone else.
“You need to love yourself and be yourself one hundred percent before you can actually love someone else.”—Christina Perri
48 Accept your imperfections.
“To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.”—Sandra Bierig
49 YouYou are worthy of love just for being you.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affectionYou are worth it.”—Buddha
50. Openly value your true identity.
“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”—Malcolm S. Forbes
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Sofia Stewart is a writer that covers music, self-care and spirituality.