“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”– Virginia Satir

How To Be The Best Version Of Yourself

Hint: It all starts with your self-perception (which wasn’t really chosen by you!). Often times, we let the narcissists and toxic people in our lives shape who we are. The environment we’re in and the people we know mold our personalities and outlooks on life, but that shouldn’t be done to the point that you ignore your own wishes.

You have to be content with who you are and to be absolutely content with yourself, you must carve out your own personality. Maybe one or both of your parents placed expectations too high or too low for you.

You have to find the strength and the courage to dismiss these expectations and be who you want to be. Very few people have said that they’re glad they never pursued their dreams and just followed everyone else’s advice.

In this motivational video, I’ll explain why your self-perception isn’t really your own and exactly what you can do to fix that!

Cards Used in the Video:

58 Inspirational Self-Perception Quotes

  1. “Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.”– Ellen Sue Stern
  2. “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche“Learn to… be what you are and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.”– Henri Frederic Amiel
  3. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~Maya Angelou
  4. “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”– Coco Chanel
  5. “About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” ~Rita Mae Brown
  6. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”– Judy Garland
  7. “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  8. “Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”– John Wooden
  9. “Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”– St. Catherine of Sienna
  10. “Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”– John Jakes
  11. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”– Oscar Wilde
  12. “Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.” – Luna Lovegood
  13. “Being yourself means shedding all the layers of looking good, wanting to be liked, being scared to stand out and trying to be who you think people want you to be. Being yourself means being naked, raw, and vulnerable.”– Jeff Moore
  14. “Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness.”– Kanye West
  15. “Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!”– Mandy Hale
    “By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.”– Edwin Elliott
  16. “Don’t compromise even if it hurts to be yourself.”– Toby Keith
  17. “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
  18. “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.”– Johnny Depp
  19. “I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.”– Shirley MacLaine
  20. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”– Jimi Hendrix, American guitarist
  21. “Just be yourself. There is no one better.”– Taylor Swift“I’m the pink sheep in the family.”– Alexander McQueen
  22. “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”– Fred Rogers
  23. “If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.”– David Carradine
  24. “If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.”– Frank Zappa
  25. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”– Marilyn Monroe
  26. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball
  27. “My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.”– Shakti Gawain
  28. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life but define yourself.”– Harvey Fierstein
  29. “Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses.”– Brian Tracy
  30. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.”– Tyra Banks
  31. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
  32. “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”– William Shakespeare
  33. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”– Malcolm S. Forbes
  34. “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”– Kurt Cobain
  35. “We are all born originals.”– Edward Young,
  36. “What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.”– Carl Rogers
  37. “When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”– Picasso
  38. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”– Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher
  39. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”– Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher
  40. “When you dance to your own rhythm, life taps its toes to your beat.”– Terri Guillemets
  41. “When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”– Jodi Picoult
  42. “With confidence, you have won before you have started.”– Marcus Garvey
  43. “You are not a bad person because you are gay. You are you because you are you and you were meant to be you so be you proudly.”– Tegan Quin
  44. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou\
  45. “You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.”– Irene C. Kassorla
  46. “You need to love yourself and be yourself one hundred percent before you can actually love someone else.”– Christina Perri
  47. “You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.”– John Mason
  48. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”– Buddha