“You are your worst enemy. It is your negative thoughts that hold you back, nothing else.”
Everyone wants to feel good about themselves. Viewing yourself in a realistic and positive way is very important when making choices about your mind and body. Your inner beliefs and how you see yourself matter most.
Self-esteem is loving yourself. Regarding yourself as important, special, or valuable. Taking care of your needs first, so you can share your best ‘you’ with others.
Negative self-esteem or self-image is correlated with depression and can reduce your quality of life in just about every aspect.
Why build your self-esteem?
- Increase confidence, happiness, motivation, self-respect, and emotional stability
- Decrease procrastination, self-sabotage, discursive thought, and self-loathing
- Gain healthier relationships and more effective coping skills
- Find the courage to try new things and the power to believe in yourself
3 Techniques You Can Use Today to Esteem Yourself:
1. Accept Who You Are Right Now
Your self-esteem doesn’t have to be hinged to the old you that was beach ready all year. Self-esteem follows you on your path in life. Recognize that your strengths will change along with your goals. Allow yourself to accept this transition and keep a positive image of yourself.
2. Stop Trying to Be Perfect
Chasing the myth of perfection can stop you from pursuing your goals and kill your motivation. Procrastinating because you’re trying to live up to some standard while being overly critical on yourself will not build your self-esteem. Give yourself credit for your accomplishments and set realistic expectations.
3. Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others
This is a fight you can’t win. The rise of internet narcissism has made this process more difficult for some. Who cares that Jimbo has 5,000 Facebook friends or that your neighbor buys a new car every year. Self-esteem doesn’t come from material possessions or external sources. Don’t judge your inside by someone else’s outside. Slow down a few times a day to appreciate yourself and how far you’ve come.
Why This Matters
We’re talking about an ability to recognize thought as thought. The ability to harness the power of your own thoughts is extremely useful. You alone have the choice to grant credence to certain thoughts and question or ignore others. Working towards a mindset of growth and improvement is much healthier than constantly worrying about making mistakes or what could go wrong.
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