06/14/2012 04:27 pm ET Updated Aug 14, 2012

15 Confidence-Boosting Quotes

It's no secret that there is a serious lack of self-confidence all around us. Blame it on the media, high divorce rates, unloving homes or excessive airbrushing - the sad truth is that we live in a culture where low self-esteem is the norm.

In an effort to break the cycle of negative thinking, I try to start each week with a new intention, purposefully working on something over the next seven days. This week, my intention is all about loving myself: "When I look in the mirror, I will see nothing but Beauty and Strength."

It's going to be a big challenge, but I compiled this list to help me (and you, if you join me...) along the way.  It's about time we stop criticizing ourselves and start loving the perfectly imperfect beings that we truly are, don't you agree?

Here are 15 daily reminders to celebrate the unique and beautiful being that is YOU.

1. "To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don't wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now." - Alan Cohen

2. "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

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