By consciously advancing your abilities and tackling the hindrances that cause you to feel negative about yourself, you will create a sense of high self esteem. Negative thinking creates a downward spiral in self image, but positive thinking escalates high self esteem.
If you want to improve your self esteem, try the following tips for getting high self esteem.
Go above and beyond at work
Evaluate your work performance, looking for a way you can improve. Can you work faster? More efficiently? Make a difference by pointing out a needed change? By challenging yourself at work-and making note of your positive effect on others-you will increase your sense of self-respect and pride, thereby increasing your self esteem.
Whether you tell the clerk at the gas station that you like her hair or you tell a coworker that you think his new shoes are classy, you'll receive a multi-faceted boost to your self esteem after doing so. First of all, you'll feel good about yourself for making someone else feel good. Secondly, chances are that person will compliment you back. Lastly, you're bound to get a smile-and a smile makes you feel good about yourself, doesn't it? Oh, yes it does.
Perform an act of kindness
Look for opportunities to do good for your fellow man. Did you bake a batch of cookies? Send a few to your neighbor. Is there a piece of trash next to your car? Pick it up and throw it in the garbage can. Did you hear your friend lost his job? Treat him to a cup of coffee and let him talk for a while. Better yet, check around to see if anyone you know is hiring and give him a lead. Every time you perform an act of charity, you boost your sense of worth and acknowledge the fact that you are positively impacting the world around you.
Buy yourself a new shirt
Or a new purse. Or a new pair of jeans that fit just right. When you take care of your appearance, you tell the world and yourself that you are worthy of attention and compliments. While you don't need to spend a fortune, you'll experience a self esteem boost when you catch your image in a storefront window or in the mirror at home.
Make a change
Is there something you've wanted to change but haven't been able to? Does this habit or trait make you feel bad about yourself? Take action to overcome this habit or negative trait, then celebrate your efforts. Acknowledge every baby step towards overcoming; celebrate the changes you make, no matter how little or trite. By making the effort to change, you acknowledge the fact that you believe you can be a better person, and will therefore enhance your image of yourself as a person.
When your sense of self-worth is routinely low, self esteem activities can help you take stock of your strengths and improve your general sense of being.
Both self esteem and self image have significant impacts on your self confidence, but it is important to note that they are two separate entities. Read on for the breakdown.