To improve your self-esteem, it is extremely important to learn to accept the negative as well as the positive, and not to dwell on negatives.
There are a great many different interpretations of self-esteem. Some think it is tied to popularity, or a person’s appearance. Others think it is how much money you have. In reality, it’s really not any of those things. Your self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. To improve your self-esteem, it is extremely important to learn to accept the negative as well as the positive, and not to dwell on negatives. Here are some tips for achieving that.
Examine Your Thought Process
Take a good long look at how you look at things. Does your brain immediately focus on negatives? Do you tend to think irrationally? We all have bad moments. It is important not to focus on the bad parts though. We should acknowledge them and then move on. Your self-esteem will be immensely better if you train your brain not to focus on negatives aspects of yourself.
It is extremely common for people to say that they want to have a certain amount of money in the bank by the time they reach a certain age, or to meet their soul mate and settle down and have a perfect little life. While it is really great to set goals for yourself, you should check those. If you consistently set unattainable goals for yourself, your self-esteem is only going to suffer. Instead of saying you’re going to quadruple your productivity in the next year, maybe expect smaller increases. Even though the goals are smaller, accomplishing them will still boost your self-esteem.
Recognize Accomplishments and Mistakes
There are a lot of people who are constantly striving for perfection, without acknowledging that “perfection” is a myth. Accepting the fact that you’re never going to be perfect can do wonders for your self-esteem. Don’t downplay your accomplishments, celebrate them. If you slip up and make a mistake, don’t dwell on it. Learn from it. Every mistake you make should be treated as an opportunity for personal growth and learning.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People
One of the biggest thing that is hurting peoples’ self-esteem is when they compare themselves to others. Being different does not make you less. It makes you human. One of the greatest things about people is how diverse and different we all are. These differences should be celebrated, not used for comparison.
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