10 Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem


Written by Jessica Mathews

Understanding self-esteem and how you can build yours is a vital life tool for personal growth. Improving self-esteem is about building confidence in your own worth and abilities, as well as developing self-respect and self-worth. It follows the principle that you need never underestimate yourself. Instead, you should uphold your dignity and self-respect for every aspect of your life. No one else can help you change your view of yourself. So this article will outline 10 great practical ways you can apply to improve your self-esteem.

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Have a Positive Attitude

A powerful starting point is to try developing a positive attitude every day. Affirming and believing that good things will happen to you and your loved ones is important. You will discover the power of faith in your abilities as they continue to grow each day. As demonstrated in the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, man is capable of attracting greatness through positive intent. Just by believing it is possible you can change your view of yourself and the world around you. This is the power of our mind in action. What we focus our thoughts on most every day is what we get in life.

So as the old song goes… ‘accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative…’ Use tools like daily affirmations or visualization to see yourself as the person you want to be. See yourself as a person with strong self-esteem and you will become that person.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Don’t compare yourself to other people, but rather learn to be yourself. What makes you stand out from the crowd? If you have an exceptionally good singing voice, then go ahead and develop your skills. Our history is littered with successful people who did not do well at school. They rose above the comments and comparison with others and became highly successful in their chosen field. So stop comparing yourself with others. Focus on your unique and special qualities or skills, develop them and finally capitalize on them.

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Do Physical Exercise

If you are not very active, this can have a negative impact on how you feel about yourself. Try some simple physical activity. This could be running on a treadmill, riding a bike or lifting weights or just going for a walk. Studies show that physical activity makes the brain produce chemicals that boost our happiness and overall levels of well-being. If you are not feeling great about yourself, get up and take a walk or do some physical activity. Pretty soon you will feel much better about yourself.

Welcome Positive Change

We can all struggle with life as it changes. Life is  made up of a series of changes which is why it is important to develop the ability to embrace change. Positive change gives people a chance to see life from a whole new angle and in the process discover their inner beauty and strength. Welcoming positive change and taking action to embrace it is a vital way to develop our self esteem. It allows us to create a powerful self-image of ourselves as a person able to grow. If you feel any fear about change, just take a deep breath and keep going. You will find that nearly all fear of change is unfounded. Life on the other side of feasr is more wonderful than you ever imagined.

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Have Fun

Enjoyment is a key factor when it comes to boosting one’s self-worth. When you’re taking part in something you enjoy, for instance watching movies, your brain releases certain chemical substances known as endorphins. These substances, dubbed “the happy hormones” make you feel more at ease. So whatever you are involved in, no matter how mundane, try and find the fun in it to release you own happy hormones. Finding the fun in any activity can help us overcome any limiting thoughts or fears which are usually unfounded. By regularly feeling positive emotions created by having fun and being up-beat can have a positive impact on our self-esteem.

Don’t Strive for Perfection

Being a perfectionist can be very damaging to how you see yourself. Total perfection does not exist in the world. It is important to be able to define a realistic level of excellence that would be well accepted by others. If you are a perfectionist, it is important to adapt and adjust your view of excellence. If you strive to meet unrealistic targets, you may leave your body and mind too exhausted to work on your goals. This may often leave you feeling  disappointed in your lack of progress. Therefore, set realistic targets and take it slow when working towards achieving them. Life is a journey not a single event.

Learn to Forgive Yourself

Another way to improve your self-image is to make sure that you don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake. There is an old saying- ‘to err is human, to forgive divine’. A single mistake shouldn’t make you feel awful about yourself. The key is to view mistakes as an opportunity to learn, including learning to forgive yourself. We are often harder on ourselves than we are on others, so be more gentle with yourself.

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Make Plans

The biggest cause of low self-esteem comes from repeated failure. We have all started a new project with great enthusiasm only to give up some days or week later. This repeated failure can leave us feeling down about ourselves. The major cause of these failures is often the lack of written plans. To avoid facing such feelings of failure, outline what you want to achieve. Then come up with a clear strategy on how to achieve it. Break your plan down into tiny bite size pieces so you can take micro-steps towards your goal every day. There is no better way to feel better about yourself than to make plans for positive change and slowly tick off your progress each day. So go for little successes every day and start to feel good about yourself.

Exploit Life’s Opportunities

Letting obvious opportunities for improving your life slip by can impact on your self-belief. Whether it’s a chance to improve a relationship or enhance your career or develop a new business idea, simply take action. Write down a plan and act to seize the day. If you ignore the chance, you could look back later and feel bad knowing what a great chance slipped right through your fingers. If you are bold and take the chance, you could end up taking the best step in your life as well as greatly improving your own self-image.

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Making a personal choice and committing to act on that choice is a powerful way of building your self-esteem. It’s fine to listen to advice from others. However, don’t let this advice influence your feelings about yourself or make you deviate from living your dream. Making new choices and acting on them will greatly improve your chances of living the life you want.  Just the process of taking action every day can make you feel great about yourself. This can go a long way to building a strong self-image and self-worth which are critical elements of developing your personal power.






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