Do you suffer from low self-worth? Would you like to learn how to boost your self-esteem so that you can enjoy a happier, more successful life?
Well, you can, and it really isn’t difficult when you know how.
However, before we talk about how to boost your self-esteem, it would be helpful if you first understand why you have low self-esteem in the first place.
Why You Have Low Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem develops as a result of long-term negative reinforcement. Constant, ongoing reminders of our failures and disappointments from both others and ourselves.
As a child, If you were being good, you heard very little from your parents. But if you were being bad, you were punished. This type of parenting tends to leave a child with an unbalanced impression of themselves since they only ever heard bad things about themselves.
Unfortunately, children usually pick this habit up and they end up ignoring their own successes and berating themselves for their failures as they grow up.
If you’ve just spent your whole life hearing and saying mostly negative things about yourself. It’s no wonder your self-esteem is suffering!
If you want to boost your self-esteem, you need to start balancing your perspective. Start acknowledging your achievements and successes in life. Here are 3 ways you can get started today.
3 Easy Ways To Boost Your Self-Esteem
1. List Your Past Successes
Start by remembering and acknowledging your past successes. We all tend to remember more of our failures and forget about our achievements as we go through life.
To correct this, take some time and write down a list of at least 50 things you’ve accomplished in your life.
Think of things like hitting a home run in little league, getting an A in a difficult class, graduating from school, saving up enough money to buy your first car. All of these of things are accomplishments that you deserve to be acknowledged for.
Once you have your list completed, keep it and review it any time you feel your self-esteem lagging.
2. Keep A Victory Journal
Focusing on the past isn’t enough, you need to start acknowledging the success of your present life as well.
Keep a daily victory journal where you write down all the successes of your day. You can use old fashioned pen and paper, or you can keep an electronic journal on your computer.
Keep track of everything that you are proud of yourself for accomplishing that day. Nothing is to small. If you took the time to eat a healthy meal that day, feel free to recognize yourself for it. You deserve it!
By writing down your successes, you will tend to remember them better. A mind that is full of images of your achievements will go a long way to boosting your self-esteem. And just like the successes of your past, you can also refer to this journal any time your self-esteem needs another boost.
3. Surround Yourself With Reminders Of Your Success
Another great way to remind yourself of your accomplishments is to surround yourself with visual reminders of them. You should put your trophies on display and frame that newspaper clipping about yourself. Hang your diplomas and certificates in a prominent spot. If you have pictures from award ceremonies or other events where you were being recognized at, hang those up as well.
Every time you see these things, they will serve to remind you of just how successful you really are.
Doing these three things on a regular basis will reinforce your mind with positive thoughts and images of yourself. As the positive thoughts grow, the negative ones will be crowded out and will slowly disappear. While this process is happening, your self-esteem will see a steady improvement. The longer you keep it up, the better you will feel about yourself.
Don’t waste any more time. Take action now to boost your self-esteem and start enjoying a happier, more successful life.
PS – Join us for our next post where we will be discussing the benefits of high self-esteem.