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5 Ways To Help Build Your Self-Esteem

24th March 2014

Self-esteem is often mistaken for self-confidence, and yet is one of the most important factors for a fulfilled life.

Self-esteem involves your core values and the inner workings of your mind that essentially define who you are.

Self-confidence, on the other hand, is the belief you have in yourself that typically involves things you’re not familiar with.

Improving your self-esteem is hard, as it’s never constant.

However, here are 5 fundamental principles you can follow to help improve it:

1. Don’t compromise your happiness

Don’t compromise on your happiness just to please others.

You have to be willing to stay true to yourself at all times. This includes not being afraid to speak your mind without fear of losing someone’s approval.

You begin to realise that there is really no reason for you to change yourself, since you are who you are.

As long as you’re a nice person at heart and get on with people, then there’s really no reason for someone to want you to change.

2. Responsibility

Become responsible for everything that happens in your life.

Looking at this in perspective, if there’s anything in your life that you personally aren’t happy with, would you say it’s due to the things external to you or because of the decisions you made?

This is the first step to becoming conscious as you start looking at things in a more objective manner.

Do you place blame on others or do you take responsibility?

Taking responsibility means one thing — you’re in complete control of the results you create in your outside world.

3. Mistakes

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.

Making mistakes is what we all have to go through if we’re to become better.

If you’re not failing, you’re not growing!

Be willing to embrace failure and to fail as fast as you can and as often as you can.

The key difference between a success and a failure is due to this key point: a successful person isn’t afraid to try and fail.

4. Accept your flaws

Accept your flaws and understand that you’re not perfect.

The reality is nobody’s perfect!

Sure, you could work very hard toward perfection, but realise that no matter how hard you work, you will always fall short. It’s simply the nature of the beast.

As humans, we’re designed to be imperfect, to make mistakes, to fail countless times and to strive.

There’s no real growth without self-acceptance.

5. Take good with the bad

Learn to tackle the good times and the bad.

Regardless of what happens to you in your life, you’ll have good times and bad – we all do.

This is a given and the reality of life!

But the key to building self-esteem is in recognising the situation for what it is – and simply learn to deal with it in the best way you can.

Because just like the good times, the bad times will also pass!