Low self-esteem is typically seen, in higher degrees, among younger individuals.
Are you the naturally confident type? Do you have an in-built confidence in your abilities? If you are the " I got this" type, then one can say you overflowing with self-esteem. How we value ourselves, our perception of who we are and the beliefs we have on what we can achieve is all self-esteem.
Self-esteem is not about how other people see us, but others perception of us can affect it. Being skillful or not skillful at something is not evidence of very high or low self-esteem. It is possible to find someone who is nearly perfect at everything they do but have a very low self-esteem.
Low self-esteem is typically seen, in higher degrees, among younger individuals. At a time when the views our friends hold about us can greatly impact our feelings of self-worth. The individual effect is that the little voice in our head starts telling us we are not good enough. causing us to go through a life filled with fear and anxiety.
How do you boost your self-esteem to ensure you enjoy life to the maximum? Here is how:
1. Stop Comparing yourself to others
It's normal to compare yourself to your friends or people around you. The thought that they might be better, in some way than you are creates fear and insecurity in you. With this kind of doubt, it is hard to try anything else let alone what your friend is good at.
An important thing you need to realize is that everyone is unique. So, if your friend is good at playing the guitar, what are you good at? Find you your passions and talents and invest your time and energy in those things that you are good at and love to do.
2. Conduct a Positive Self-Talk
Self-talk has a great impact on how we see ourselves and see things around us. If you keep thinking that you are not good looking, you will end up believing it over time. I remember when in high school, I used to perform poorly in mathematics, but I always told myself that math is a real subject that I loved. On my final exams, I did quite well on the subject, more than I or my teachers expected.
Why did I do so well? Because after months of telling myself I loved the subject, I ended up loving it, hence practicing more. If you hold a positive talk with yourself, you will start perceiving everything in a different light.
3. Don’t try too hard to impress
It's reasonable to want to be perfect at everything you do or impress everyone. Well, this is not possible since we live in an imperfect world. If you make a mistake or meet a few people who are hard to impress, don’t beat yourself about it. Remember the many things you have done flawlessly and the many people who would “kill” to be you or where you are.
4. Do what you Enjoy
By doing things that you enjoy, the chances are that you will be filled with positive thoughts. Positive thoughts boost your self-esteem!
5. Surround yourself with positive people
It is very counterproductive to surround yourself with folks who don't think much of you. Make friends with folks who genuinely want to see you succeed. Folks who, on any given day have an overall positive attitude.