Perhaps one of the most important things for being successful in life is the amount of self-esteem and confidence you have. It is something you should pursue actively. Unfortunately most of us look at the outside indicators like how people react to something we say or do and we forget that these outside indicators are influenced by who reacts to us and what experiences and expectations they have. Because we have no influence on that it is necessary to build our self-esteem from the inside out. Once we know our worth and who we are the outside world will adjust.
1. Know Your Strength
What aspects of your self do you like? What are you already good at? What are your strengths? Come up with at least 10 positive attributes before proceeding to the next step. Keep this list on you at all times and read it each time you feel ordinary.
2. Be Positive And Optimistic
Always look on the bright side of life, start living these words and stop thinking negatively about where you are today. Instead look at all the things you have already achieved in your life and visualize (dream) of everything that is still to come.
3. Develop An Attitude Of Gratitude
Every night and every morning be grateful for all you already have and for the special things that have happened in the last 24 hours. You will be surprised how much there is to be grateful for. Even when life seems glum you can be grateful for being alive, having a roof over your head, enough food to eat, clean water to drink etc. We all have so much already but we take most things for granted. Take this exercise serious because it can really change your life.
4. Set SMART Goals For All Your Plans
Write your goals, dreams and desires down in as much detail as possible. Then prioritize them and start working on your number one goal immediately by breaking it down into small, achievable steps. Go through your list of goals and steps every single day until it has become a new habit. Acknowledge and celebrate each achievement.
5. Be Proactive
Do not wait for things to happen, instead make things happen. Fuel your motivation and determination by imagining what it will be like when you have achieved what you aim at achieving. Let other people know about your plans and in what aspect they can help you.
6. Make Each Person Feel That He Or She Is Significant
High self-esteem means you feel good about yourself. Helping other people feel good about themselves will also bolster your confidence and by making the people around you feel significant you will eventually see amazing results, in your life and in theirs.
7. Be With The Right People
Sometimes it is necessary to improve your circle of influence. Join social clubs or business networks etc. in which you are likely to find successful, confident people. Good social contacts can give you further assurance.
8. Find Balance In Life.
Indulging in sports or hobbies can help improve your self-confidence. Likewise, it can help you maintain good health. Good health leads to a sound body and a healthy mind. A sound body and a healthy mind play a major role in improving your self-esteem and gaining balance in life.
9. Learn From Your Failures.
We all have failures and disappointments which frequently result in low self-esteem. When our goals and objectives are not met, we get frustrated and can become negative about our capabilities. None of this helps. What differentiates the winners from the losers is the speed at which they get up again and what they learn from their failures. Failures and disappointments are part of life and the best way to overcome them is by learning the lessons they offer us.
10. Enroll In Self Improvement Seminars And/Or Life Coaching.
If you don’t know where to begin, a coach or mentor can be very useful. Also emerging yourself in the positive atmosphere of self-improvement seminars can help you find your purpose and gain self-esteem and confidence. Reading self help books and listen to CD programs is useful but the most successful method from the outside is coaching as it gives you someone who holds you accountable.
Improving self-esteem does not happen overnight but if you use these tips you will see positive change happening.
Your improved self-esteem will benefit you in all aspects of your life. You will experience change in your relationships, your career, and most importantly, in your attitude towards yourself.
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