Self Esteem and Confidence
The lack of a healthy self esteem is a dead weight on your life. It’s like dragging around an anchor, and it relegates you to the dark shadows of existence.
Low esteem is simply a self created falsehood. Plain and simple. Unless you are a truly bad person (i.e., murderer, child abuser and the like) you are an important, valued human being.
The problem is you have let others or importantly, your perception, make you feel worthless.
The origin of such misplaced feelings of inadequacy, are varied (cruel treatment as a child, lack of support, embarrassment over a physical state, failure on a large stage…) However, let’s not confuse these feelings with the reality that you are a special, unique person who adds to the vibrancy of the universe and is entitled to participate fully in life.
Let’s play devil advocate; Someone or group thinks you are stupid, not wealthy, incompetent, ugly, overweight, boring etc.
So f-ing what? You still have to get up in the morning, live your life, go to work etc.
Tell Them To Go to Hell
Can’t you muster the will to blow these people off? Remember you may think you are the center of their thoughts but I can guarantee that you are not. If someone is rude or embarrasses you, rest assured you will be the only person thinking about it an hour later.
The perpetrator will go on as if nothing happened, forgetting or not even realizing what they may have done. You must get past it as soon as possible. Dwelling on it will doom you.
Fears Become Monsters
The fears and nervousness we all feel will be virtually impossible to overcome without the confidence in ourselves that comes with having a positive image of ourselves.
Steps to Take
Stop with the negativity! Self criticism is bad! Negative thoughts have a way of feeding on themselves, growing something minor into a major issue.
Everyone has good traits, talk up your small successes to yourself and build upon them. Don’t allow yourself to define yourself by external forces (maybe you are stuck in a crummy job, or are unemployed, have no fashion sense, are out of physical shape, etc…)
These things have nothing to do with who you really are as a person.
You must look beyond any criticism that anyone levels at you or that you hear whispering in your own head! Start believing in yourself, you will be amazed at how life will change!