"If you believe in yourself, anything is possible."
If you wait for outside sources to validate you, then you will always be giving away your power. It starts with you. Do you want to feel more confident? Do you want a loving relationship? Do you want to feel that your talented and successful? Allow yourself to believe in all that you can be. If you want more respect, start by showing more respect towards others.
Often times outside sources can try to hold us back or even have us questioning ourselves. Do not allow others and their perception of you be the deciding factor on what you can or cannot do! We are all viewing life with our own thoughts, knowledge and beliefs. Some of us were fortunate enough to be raised by spiritually aware parents that put no limits on our imaginations and self-worth. We were allowed to believe that we could do whatever we set out to do. Others were raised by parents who had a more narrow, limited way of thinking and convinced us that we could only do this or be that. And even more sad were the ones that were abused verbally and physically and were told horrific things that became a part of their belief system. Allow yourself to go back to your child-like self. What did you dream of? What did you tell your friends "when I grow up, I'm gonna be..." Don't let other peoples ideas of what you aught to be determine what you are able to do. Look to what you can have and do. Don't allow anyone or anything to stop you. Start to look and think about yourself in a new way. When you believe in yourself, others will too. Look back to a moment in your life when you made a decision and many around you were against it. Maybe even try to talk you out of it. Did you persevere? Did you listen to your own self and say "I am going to do this!" What steps did you take to get the courage to believe in yourself without listening to the naysayers. You are the only one who can change the story about yourself. How? By changing what you believe about yourself. If you have been told that you are anything less perfection; this is not your truth. Learn to love and believe in yourself like never before. Your brain will try to tell you "you can't do that!" or "don't try or you will fail." But, the mind only tricks us into thinking we are something we are not. Think about how a computer autocorrects a word. The word is used repeatedly enough that it remembers how to spell it. Our brain works the same way with our beliefs about ourselves. So, we need to go deep inside to correct the original spelling error which is "I can't" to an automatic "I can!" Then we truly start to believe in ourselves and become what is our birthright: an unlimited soul that is powerful beyond imagination.