Our grandest blueprints for the future mean little unless we believe in our ability to carry out our designs. Here are six spirit-lifting quotes on the power of the individual – to help us navigate through occasional storms of uncertainty.

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around – Henry David Thoreau
Believe in one person’s ability to do good in the world. Value the philosophy of kindness towards all humanity. Little things we do are noticed by others, and we can turn around their day, their world and our world too if we believe and keep acting in accordance with this philosophy.

You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are – Yogi Bhajan
Believe in the power of faith. We can be a major force for change in this world. If we doubt ourselves, however, our wavering will keep us from doing what we really desire and dream of.

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself – Cicero
Believe in instinct. Learn to listen to the voice within. Regardless of what other people advise, our decisions should always originate from within the heart.

You alone are enough, you have nothing to prove to anyone – Maya Angelou
Believe in intrinsic value. Life shouldn’t be spent trying to be somebody we aren’t. We don’t have to live up to anybody else’s expectations or let them live vicariously through ours. Let’s simply do what we love, and have faith that doing so is enough.

Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence, and face your future without fear – Unknown
Believe in the future. Once each day is finished, be done with it. We may make some mistakes, but that’s okay; everybody makes them. Don’t let the absurdities of yesterday cause insecurity today, and remember that tomorrow is full of wonder, and there is no reason to fear it.

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear… never fear what will become of you, depend on no one… only the moment you reject all help are you freed – Buddha
Believe in fearlessness. Remember that we are more capable and resourceful than we give ourselves credit for. Our lives, our plans, and our goals depend on us, and us alone.