If you struggle with self-esteem, you’re not alone. You’re like the millions of other people around the world who believe they are not good enough, or inadequate, when the truth is far from this.
Regardless, low self-esteem can take a toll on your health; first starting with your emotional well-being, then dripping down to your mental and physical self as well.
However, this does not need to be the case, as you can actively improve your self-esteem, so that it does not hold you back like an anchor attached to a noose. Try following and applying these action steps and watch your confidence grow!
Accept That You Are Not Like Everyone Else
Comparison should be the root of all evil. If you’ve ever been compared to someone else, and not measure up, you are sure to know the feeling. This is a major cause of low self-esteem, but luckily something that you can control.
As a child, it is much harder to deal with this as a source of the contention can be from the parents, but as an adult, the world is your oyster. You can politely ask someone to reserve their comments, or you can boldly let them know that everyone’s journey is different and you get there when you get there. Half of the enjoyment of life comes from the journey, and not merely reaching a seeming “end goal”.
Negative body image is a major cause of low self-esteem, and something that you have almost full control over. If your appearance has you down, or you are displeased with the way you look, gift yourself a gym membership.
Sure, you may feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but this feeling will pass after a few short week of consistent workouts. It takes a minimum of 12 weeks to begin observing changes in your body, but when you do, you’ll be on fire.
Negative body image can turn into pride in a heartbeat, and motivate you to do more. Strength builds on strength, so just keep telling yourself that you are one workout closer to looking awesome every time you hit the gym!
Channel Your Strengths
Maybe you’re horrible at keeping you house clean. So what! Chances are there are other things you are extremely good at, so much so that you could charge for it. Maybe you are a skilled artist or illustrator, one that has won awards for outstanding work. That is a skill worth boasting about and something other people will rarely be better than you in. so, don’t beat yourself up over trivial weaknesses. You possess skills that you may not even recognize, and sets you worlds apart from skills that are a dime a dozen.
Embrace Both Your Achievements And Failures
Every single we go through in life ultimately leaves us better off. Whether that be a strong of crushing failures which consistently lowers your self-esteem, or lucky breaks that have gotten you complacent. Everything happens just the way it should, and leaves you poised to learn from it.
Every time you experience a failure, it provides a map of what not to do the next time, and also eliminates a step before you achieve success. Similarly, don’t make success go to your head. Life is a series of “waves,” good periods altered with not so good ones.
The key is to ride the highs, and consolidate your strength when things aren’t going your way. Don’t take to heart the bad times, but keep your eyes to the horizon for your next high should be near!