Low self-esteem is a common problem. It prevents us from achieving our goals, trying new things and living life to the fullest. Here are tips for boosting your self-esteem and realizing your full potential.
Make a list of your positive qualities. People with low self-esteem typically fixate on their negative qualities and ignore positive ones. You need to constantly remind yourself of all your assets, it will make you feel good about yourself. The list of your assets can include your personality traits, skills, talents, experiences, achievements etc.
Be your own cheerleader. Everyone needs a support system, but your family and friends will never convince you that you can do something unless you believe in it yourself. Replace your inner critic with an inner cheerleader and focus on positive thought instead of negative ones.
Overcome your perfectionism. No one is perfect, get over it. Perfectionists either are too afraid to start new things or can't finish what they've started. They are rarely satisfied with their own performance, which makes their self-esteem sink. Don't go for perfect, go for good enough. And make sure your expectations are realistic.
Handle your mistakes in a positive way. To err is human, everyone makes mistakes from time to time. When you make a mistake, don't beat yourself up. Apologize if you need to, cope with the consequences, learn from your mistake and move on. It is very important to be able to forgive yourself.
Don't compare yourself to others. Comparing yourself to other people makes your life miserable because there will always be someone who is better than you in one way or another. Everyone is unique, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Accept it and compare yourself with yourself, it's much more productive.
Stop procrastinating. Fear of failure leads to constant procrastination. If you have trouble starting anything, even the simplest things like cooking a meal or making a call, you need to pull yourself together and do it. Start with making small decisions and following through. These seemingly unimportant accomplishments will help improve your self-esteem.
Do something you're good at. Doing something that you are good at, and enjoy doing, will help you feel more accomplished and competent. If you participate in meaningful activities and devote time to your hobbies, you will feel more positive about yourself.
Take care of your needs. Low self-esteem may result in self-neglect. It is very important to take care of your needs. Make sure you get enough sleep, take care of your personal hygiene, eat healthy and nutritious food, spend enough time outdoors, engage in regular physical activity, etc.
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