“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein
Self-esteem is your confidence in your own merit as an individual person. In sociology and psychology, self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self. Improving your self-esteem is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your life and live life satisfyingly.
Remember that you can be either, the winner or the loser, as it all depends on how you think and you react. If you think positively, chances are that you can be winner. The power of positive thinking cannot be denied. Talk positively always. It is better to be with those who talk positively. Negative thinkers can not only discourage you, but can make you sick.
Comparison is not good for judging the people. So, it goes with you too. Don’t compare yourself to others. As it goes in the words of Bill Gates, “Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.”
Get into exercise habit. If you become an exercise addict and you stick at it, you can not only improve your mood, but also immune system helping you to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. Exercise can have a positive effect on your self-esteem.
One of worst things that does not let you improve your self-esteem is to strive for perfection. Striving for continuous improvement is far better than striving for perfection. In the former case, you can develop your self-esteem positively, while in case of latter, you can lose your hope. It is worth mentioning what has been said by Vince Lombardi, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can achieve excellence.”
That which gives you pleasure is a good thing to do to improve your self-esteem. Spare time to do things that suit your interest best, so as to be happy and to get personal fulfillment as well. Such as reading, writing, drawing or painting, learning a language, educating yourself more. It’s not only a good way to increase your self-esteem, but a good source for overcoming your boredom – in case you feel it.
Celebrate successes even if they are small. They may be simple but can brighten your days. The little satisfying effects can enhance your positive energy. Simple pleasures can help you beat your strain and stress leading to increase your self-esteem day by day. Simple pleasures can make you feel better and make your life worth living.
It is worth mentioning what has been pointed out by Ayn Rand, “The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.”
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (MSc-Software Engineering)
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India