So how do you begin the process of building healthy self-esteem in a tough environment? Here are some tips you may want to consider as a starter guide to self-improvement. Our self-esteem is important because without it we lack confidence. Our ability to succeed, lead, and help is directly connected to our confidence level. Confidence is a prime and precious commodity to be treasured when seeking to live life to the fullest and to achieve success. Many people including leaders have struggled with low self-esteem and it has affected every area of their life. I want to initiate a process today that will help you grow from the inside-out and initiate the formation and emergence of a new more confident you. These introspective nuggets have worked for many and will work for you.
There are six basic nuggets of information that will help jump start your self-esteem.
#1: Embrace Your Identity
The way you are including your behavioral traits are said to be a mixed product of your inherited traits (genetics), and your environmental surroundings such as your family, spouse, circle of friends, even society. Our environment supplies us with psychological and spiritual conditioning that impacts our view of self and the world. And last but not least good or bad personal experiences and how they've shaped us has a direct impact on who we are. Remember despite these influences, you have your own identity. If your father or mother was a failure, it doesn’t mean you have to be a failure too. You can learn from other people’s experiences, so you’ll never have to encounter the same mistakes.
Sometimes you may wonder if some people are born leaders or positive thinkers. No! Being positive and staying positive is a choice. Building self-esteem and drawing lines for self-improvement is a choice -- not a rule or a talent. God wouldn’t come down from heaven and tell you, “Anthony, you may now have the permission to build self-esteem and improve yourself.” We must make the choice to embrace better and put in the work to build self-love and self-esteem.
In life it can be hard to stay positive, especially when things and people around you keep pulling you down. Life is like a battlefield and when we strategize for war we should choose the right ammunition and armor to use. In the battle, we will get shot, and bruised, therefore wearing bulletproof armor ideally means adapting or changing to our war-like environment. It is the kind of change which comes from within and is voluntarily. Choosing to embrace change consciously causes us to address three things: our way of thinking, our attitude and our behavior. We must be willing to look inside ourselves and address our own personal flaws to ensure victory. Whatever our weaknesses and defects we must acknowledge them so that we can implement change. No true change can occur without brutal self-honesty.
Our willingness to embrace a humble view of ourselves is the first step in beginning the self-improvement process. No matter how good or bad you are now right now embrace it, then face it. If we start to become responsible for who we are, what we have, and what we do, it’s like a flame that should gradually spread like a brush fire from the inside and out. When we develop healthy, self-esteem, we take control of our mission, values, and discipline. Building self-esteem will eventually lead to self-improvement. Self-esteem brings about self-improvement, true assessment, and determination. So how do you start putting up the building blocks of self-esteem? Be positive, truthful, and appreciative. Never miss an opportunity to compliment yourself and others. Also embrace the spiritual aspect of your existence that is connected to the creator of all things and pursue a relationship with Him. The creator (God) like the manufacturer knows your purpose and He should be both acknowledged and respected in your life.
Approaching life from a positive angle and perspective affects how you live. And a positive way of living will help you build healthy, self-esteem and start guiding your life to self-improvement. I've got more steps in part two. Don't miss it!
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