6 Tips to Skyrocket Your Self-Esteem
Self-esteem comes from having a positive—yet realistic—self-image. The bad news is that we often beat ourselves up for small mistakes, and then our self-esteem takes a dive. The good news is that self-esteem is something anyone can build back, faster than you might imagine. Here are six great ways to boost your belief in yourself.
- Enlist the support of others. Ask a trusted friend, a family member, or a coworker to share what they think you excel at. You may be surprised at all the positive attributes they cite. Hearing others praise your strengths will raise both your spirits and your self-esteem.
- List things you’re good at. This could be anything from budgeting, to supervising others, to playing an instrument. Also set down your life achievements: having a career, raising children, completing a degree. Think about why you’ve been successful at these things. Positive traits, including determination, hard work, and desire probably played a large role.
- Consider who you are today. Don’t focus on who you were five days, five months, or five years ago. Over time, we all improve in various areas of our lives. You may be a better friend, a more astute businessperson, or a more relaxed individual than in times gone by. Focusing on these achievements will also contribute to higher self-esteem.
- Change areas where you feel you’re falling short. You’re not stupid or a failure if you’re having a difficult time learning a particular skill. You just need more practice, or to take a class, or to solicit help.
- Complete small tasks. Organize your files, tidy your desk, or make a phone call you’ve been putting off. As you finish each one, no matter how seemingly insignificant, your confidence and self-esteem will grow.
- Don’t let others dictate how you feel. Yes, you may fail at a task or disappoint yourself in some way. Those things don’t make you a bad person, just a person who has fallen short in a specific situation. Remind yourself that you are a unique and worthwhile individual, and you deserve to feel good about yourself!
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