In order to live your best life, you must first believe that you have the personal power and authority to create your own life experience.

Believing in your self sounds like such a fundamental concept and yet we all experience times in our lives when we suffer periods of self-doubt and uncertainty.

But here’s why it’s so important to intentionally cultivate and strengthen self-belief. Regardless of how well you plan to live your best life, or how confident you may appear to others, if you have pesky internal limiting beliefs sending messages to your brain that you are undeserving, you will surely find yourself hitting one stumbling block and detour after another.

As tempting as it may be to blame circumstances, bad luck or other people, if we're truly honest with ourselves, in most cases our challenges and obstacles are a result of the enemy within, otherwise known as "self-sabotage."

In order to succeed in life … you must believe that you are deserving, and that you have the power and authority to create your own life experience.

* Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ~Norman Vincent Peale

* Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it. ~Diane Sawyer

* Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard and there is nothing you cannot accomplish. ~Brad Henry

* If you don't believe in yourself, then who will believe in you? The next man's way of getting there might not necessarily work for me, so I have to create my own ways of getting there. ~Michael Korda

* You just have to believe in yourself and just keep pounding on the door, because if you pound long enough, somebody is going to open it. ~Cynthia Weil

* It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not. ~Author Unknown

* The depth of your belief and the strength of your conviction determines the power of your personality. ~Brian Tracy

* Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. ~Mark Victor Hansen

* Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. ~Mary Kay Ash

* We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. ~Roderick Thorp

* Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. ~Bruce Barton

* Anyone can give up; it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength. ~Author Unknown

Some people are tempted to view self-belief as being all about ego; but believing in your Self isn't about being arrogant or blind to your shortcomings - we all have them after all. It's about believing you are worthy of achieving your goals and living your best life.

Author's Bio: 

Marquita Herald is a transformation guide, the creator of the life by design blog IGG-Tips, Tools & Tantalizing Ideas, and the author of three books, Stepping Stones to Greater Resilience, Inspirational Words of Wisdom for Challenging Times, and It's Your Time Now - A Guide to Living Your Life by Design.

She writes to inspire readers to reach a little beyond what's comfortable to achieve goals that matter ... refuse to accept simply "getting along" in life out of fear or limiting beliefs ... cultivate the skills to become stronger and more resilient ... learn to master the self-motivation skills that will keep you energized and moving forward ... make the choices each day that will over time create the fulfilling life you really want for yourself ... and to choose happiness, each and every day.

Marquita's professional background includes a successful 20 year career in hotel sales and marketing followed by a decade as a life and small business coach.

To learn more about her books and how to begin living your life by design, please visit her at