If we have a need for approval then we have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem may come from experiences in childhood like lack of positive feedback as a child and sense of neglect as a child.
Let’s look for a couple of steps to reduce the need for approval. 1) Develop a list of the positive attributes you possess. 2) Create positive affirmations to use on a regular basis. Examples would be I am…enough. I am…talented. I am…creative.
Quotes on need for approval:
•“People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least get the most.” – Wayne Dyer
•“I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I don’t have a record deal, no one has any expectations, I’m in a position of freedom. I don’t need anyone’s approval.” – Juliana Hatfield.
•“I think it is vital to fight to do something you want to do despite not gaining your community’s or your friends’ approval. – Archie Panjabi
•“The pursuit of approval usually ends in disaster.” – Chris Morris
•“Even though I don’t feel I need approval, it’s still important to me to give a good performance. I’m hard on myself.” – Michelle Pfeiffer