What is Self-Esteem?
Self-esteem is your own personal view of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Everyone has a different view of themselves, but keeping a positive outlook will benefit you more than a negative one. Many people suffer from low self-esteem for a variety of reasons and need to build their self-esteem in order to help them to succeed in life. This is not a very difficult task. All that it needs is good guidance.
Here are 6 tips that can help you to build your self-esteem.
- Never put yourself down.
Believe that you are good enough for starters. Failures are like parasites. If you allow them to grow they will eat away your self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem. The best is to push negative thoughts out of your mind if you want others to treat you with respect. This can only happen when you project a positive exterior, even in most adverse situations. Negative thoughts can pervade your confidence and crumble your self-esteem and we are often our worst critics. Make it a point to filter out all self-criticism.
- Positive environments.
Surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive, and shun friends who are cynical and negative. This will generate a huge swell of positive feelings in you. You will respect yourself more, and your self-esteem will grow. Placing yourself in negative environments only leads to negative outcomes.
- Set yourself goals.
You should be clear about what you want to achieve in life. Set goals, and work for their achievement. To make your task easier, break your main goal into several smaller goals which are relatively easier to achieve. This will make the task of reaching your main goals seem easier. It will also give you a feeling of satisfaction whenever you achieve one of the smaller goals.
- Accept constructive criticism.
Develop the ability to accept criticism about yourself, without getting upset or defensive. This will help you eliminate your weaknesses one by one. However, make sure that the criticism is constructive. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by criticism that is cynical or meant to lower your self-esteem. This will be a great mistake, and do irreparable damage to your self-esteem.
- Accept that you will fail from time to time.
Everybody fails at some staWe should not let it get us down or to have too much of a negative effect on us. We should think that we have not been successful this time and that we will succeed the next time. This will help us to pull ourselves together and move on. Such an attitude will help us overcome the most difficult conditions.
- Never compare yourself with others.
This is the easiest way to feel inferior and lose self-esteem. It is much better to rate yourself on your achievements. Such an approach will give you self-confidence. At the same time, it will make you feel better when dealing with your peer group.
However you choose to begin building your self-esteem, do so today! It’ll be one of the best moves you can make.
Til next time,
Stay safe, stay smiling!