Are you letting past experiences control present realities?
Do you know who you are…inside and out?
Do you struggle trying to “fit in”?
Is low self-esteem preventing you from being truly happy?
Did you know that raising self-esteem is one of the most common challenges faced today? Your self-esteem influences your self-image and how you feel about yourself. It has the potential to cripple you and prevent you from reaching your potential because you simply “don’t believe in yourself”. Those with low self-esteem often experience anxiety and self criticism that can lead to negative thinking, a lack of satisfying relationships, and reluctance in pursuing future goals. When you understand the cause, and commit to embracing a new outlook, then raising self-esteem is achieved.
According to famous psychologist Erik Erickson, self-esteem is developed during early childhood years. Your perception of how you were treated during that time will play a significant role in the perception of self today.
Past experiences which could affect self-esteem include:
- Having busy parents
- Controlling parents
- Mean school mates/bullying
- Cruel teachers
While low self-esteem is common, it doesn’t need to define you. You have the power to regain control simply by focusing on you. Although self-esteem is developed during childhood, as an adult, you can learn to counter and control self-defeating behavior.
Here are some tips on what you can do NOW to release your negative self-image and accept a more positive sense of self.
- Treat yourself to something special
- Believe that little girl (or boy) is worthy
- Celebrate your successes
- And start believing in yourself again
Raising self esteem, with commitment and consistency, happens naturally when you let go of the past and focus on who you are today. Giving yourself permission to make this about you is a first step in overcoming low self-esteem.
Are you ready to start believing in yourself?