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Self-esteem is defined as the confidence in one’s own worth or abilities. It permeates into all aspects of a person’s life because it involves the thoughts, mindset and belief system that fuels how a person functions in the world. If you don’t have confidence in what you can do, your self-esteem will naturally plummet. It’s very difficult to become a successful and happy person with low self-esteem.
Thankfully, there is a way to get through this. If you want to experience a life fueled by healthy self-esteem, it’s very important to do the work to get there. There are four major steps to take when you want to build a positive viewpoint of yourself.
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1. Positive Affirmations/Motivational Messages
The mind is such a powerful force. The more you believe something, the more it’ll become your reality. If you constantly focus on lack and never having enough, you’ll never have enough. If you focus on what’s not great about you, you’ll manifest more of the negative aspects. Write down positive affirmations and say them to yourself every day. The more you say them, the more you’ll believe them.
Listen to motivational speakers who speak positively about life. Speakers like Lisa Nichols, Tony Robbins and Oprah are excellent people to listen to on a regular basis. Positive messages can make a huge difference in the long run.
Self-esteem stems from knowing your worth and being able to confidently execute different tasks. In order to have healthy self-esteem, you need to develop discipline. It’s not easy to build discipline, but it’s essential to the process. When you set a goal, work on the goal and actually finish it, your self-esteem goes up a few notches. The reason behind this is because you’re subconsciously telling your mind that you’re able to finish a task and accomplish something. When you finish a task, you can cross it off of your list. However, it also goes a little bit deeper. You’ll naturally start to respect yourself a little bit more. Whether it involves the use of a timer or an intentional purge of all your social media apps, eliminate distractions, put your head down and get to work.
3. Physical Grooming
It’s often said that when you look good, you’ll feel good. Truthfully, if a person is truly down in the dumps, a coat of lipstick won’t help. Still, it can boost the confidence for a little while. If you pass a mirror and like what you see, this will give you a better perspective on how great you are. Knowing this, it’s best to become intentional about your personal upkeep. Head to the gym a few times a week. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink a lot of water and take your vitamins. Schedule regular check-ups with your doctors. To keep the smile bright and gleaming, visit a professional to receive excellent dental care or wherever you may live. Sometimes, an unattractive smile is the root of some insecurities and low self-esteem. Figure out your personal style and make sure you dress in a way that’s presentable. Manicures, facials and pedicures are nice for creating a clean and polished look as well.
4. Positive Circle
It’s been stated that a person is the sum total of the five people closest to them. Take a look at your close circle of friends. Are they encouraging? Do they prefer to talk about the negative aspects of their lives? Do they have low self-esteem? If so, it’s time to find new friends. You don’t have to ditch the old ones, but you need to monitor how much of your attention they’ll receive. Love them from a distance and get into new circles of friends that will uplift you, stretch you and encourage you to become your best self.
These steps are easier said than done. Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, your self-esteem won’t be either. However, it’s a process that takes time for a reason. Consider these steps as seeds. Plant the seeds in good soil and water them on a consistent basis. Before long, you’ll experience the harvest of the work you put in to build your self-esteem and develop yourself.