Self esteem is a personality ingredient that one has to have and if possible in great amounts. That is not to say that a person need to be extremely sure of oneself to the point of arrogance; they just need enough amounts to be able to withstand the pressures of life and lead a contented existence.
This is because there is really no specific amount of self esteem that one can be prescribed with. Different persons need different amounts of self esteem the same way that different dynamics or aspects of one person’s life require different doses of self esteem.
There is really no specific amount. In fact, different situations also demand different amounts of self esteem.
Whatever the amounts that you need, there is no argument that one needs self esteem. It is basically developed during the growing up years in the way we are treated by our parents and the people around us. Parental treatment and social group interaction play major roles in the development of self esteem.
But that is not to say that self esteem will be a permanent fixture come adulthood. It can still be developed and enhanced, no matter what the age is.
Below are some tips in how to develop the self esteem, techniques that can work across all ages.
Read on and you might get a thing or two that you can apply in your own life or with other people from the following six tips for building self esteem.
There is a difference between self-love and narcissism. Although it is not recommended to become obsessed with one’s positive qualities, it is not wrong to once in a while acknowledge our achievements and talents. Self-affirmation is a great way to increase our self-esteem levels. Telling yourself that you are great in front of the mirror every morning may seem too much but it actually works in increasing one’s self confidence.
Of course, you don’t have to take self-affirmation to the extreme if you don’t want to. Sometimes acknowledging the little achievements that you have done at the end of the day is enough to raise the rate of self-esteem.
Doing the things that you love
There is no aphrodisiac that would make you love yourself more than doing the things that you love. When you love what you are doing, you become happier and more enthusiastic. You will also become more interested in developing your skills, thereby improving yourself and allowing you to trust yourself more. Besides, if you are happy with what you are doing, you are more confident with your decisions and your actions.
There is something quite liberating with voicing out your own opinions and speaking your mind. Although there are some people who would try to put you down and argue with what you believe in; there are still people who will respect you for your thoughts. Acknowledging your thoughts and becoming comfortable with your thoughts will allow you to slowly trust yourself; thus increasing your self esteem.
Make a list of all your accomplishments
One of the best ways to improve your self esteem is to take inventory of all your accomplishments. Be honest when you are writing the list. In this way you will have an objective view of your abilities and capacities. Also in this way, you will gain insights on what areas of your life need improvements.
Make an effort to improve on the weak areas
After making a list of all your accomplishments and after discovering your weaknesses, the next thing you must do is to strive to improve on your weak areas. Resolutions are not only applicable during the start of the year. You can make a resolution anytime of the year.
One of the greatest concerns of individuals who have made resolutions is how to stick to the resolutions. As everyone probably knows, most New Year resolutions are broken come March, sometimes even earlier.
To stick to resolutions, you must strive to change just one or a few things at a time. Promising to change many things at once is like setting yourself up for failure. Start and small and few and you’d be amaze to discover that your life is changing already.
Accepting that you are not perfect
There is no perfect person in the world. Often, people develop low self esteem because they try so much to become perfect; but one thing that they have to learn is that they cannot become one because there is no perfect person. All they can be is the best that they can be.
“Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.”
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