Overcoming Low Self Esteem
Overcoming low self esteem is critical in order to develop and sustain long term self motivation. Low self esteem saps your energy and your will power, and makes it hard to clarify what it is you really want out of life.
Causes of Low Self Esteem
Self esteem is based on deep rooted beliefs about self worth and your innate potential. With low self esteem you may not feel like you deserve very much, you may believe that your efforts will most likely meet with failure, and you may think that you don't have much potential for improvement. Beliefs like these will make a high level self motivation very difficult to attain, you may have a hard time accomplishing goals. Overcoming low self esteem requires changing some of your deep seated beliefs about yourself.
Steps in Overcoming Low Self Esteem
The first step in overcoming low self esteem is to realize that it is not your fault. It is not an inherent flaw or permanent disability. It is the result of environmental factors that influenced you to create negative beliefs about yourself and your potential. These causes of low self esteem may be factors outside of yourself, but the power to change lies completely within. Only you have the power to change things, and you must take the responsibility to do so.
Examine your Beliefs
Start paying attention to your self talk, the internal dialogue in your head. It can be helpful to start keeping a journal, and keep track of the reoccurring negative themes in your thinking. These themes may point to the negative beliefs you hold about yourself. In your journal, take each of the negative themes and rebut them, make an argument as to how they are incorrect and develop an opposite positive belief to replace it. As you find a theme occurring in your self talk remember the argument against it, remind yourself why the belief is wrong and what new belief you have created in its place.
Work on developing your strengths
Nothing helps build self esteem as succeeding with a goal or activity. Think about what you are already good at, or could be without a lot of work. Develop your strengths first to build up your confidence and start overcoming your low self esteem. Start off small, find ways to create small victories, then build from there.
Eliminate Negative Influences
Negative people and environments can make it hard to overcome low self esteem. As much as possible, eliminate the negative influences, avoid people and places that tend to reinforce your negative beliefs, and try to find more positive influences that can help reinforce the positive beliefs you are trying to create.
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