When you take control and responsibility for your own happiness and success you will be astounded how much simpler and gratifying life becomes. You will still face those challenges and frustrations, but you’ll have the strength and confidence to meet them head on, blowing them out of your way while you keep moving forward.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”~ Viktor Frankl
As a coach the one thing I try to instil in to people is the need to develop a positive mindset and inner self-esteem in order to obtain success in life. To realise your success it is essential to have these qualities.
I often hear it said that hard work is the key for success. Of course it does play a major part. Things won’t just fall into your lap, you have to make things happen. But no matter how much work you put in, if you don’t have self-esteem, you will not get the end results you so desire.
Success lies in having self-esteem This enables you to design your ‘life-map’ of how to get where you want to go. Your self-esteem is key to your future and knowing how to boost it could be the difference between failure and the success you know you deserve.
“The way you approach things influences the outcome.” ~ Bruno Bettelheim
We all have our own internal image of who we are, how we look, what we’re good at, and what our weaknesses might be. This develops over time, beginning during our childhood. Our self-image is often based on connections we have with other people and our life experiences. It contributes in a big way to our self-esteem. It is our opinion about ourselves.
Self-esteem is all about how much we feel valued, loved, accepted, and thought well of by others — and how much we value, love, and accept ourselves. When you have a positive self-esteem you feel good about yourself, value your worth, and take pride in your capabilities, talents, and achievements.
When you boost your self-belief, you’ll feel more confident and able to overcome the challenges you face. When you increase your self-esteem, you substitute the voice in your head that causes self-doubt and fear with one that moves you forward by focusing on the good within yourself.
Low self-esteem can negatively affect virtually every facet of your life, including your relationships, your job and your health.
“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself” – Robert Collier
You have to start supporting yourself as much as possible. Your mind plays a large part in determining the level of success you experience. Positive self-talk will increase your confidence in your own abilities.
When you boost your self-esteem, you will see a massive rise in your drive and willpower, you will start to believe that you can achieve anything you want in life!
Here are some ways to help you boost your self-esteem
Identify troubling conditions or situations. Before a person can overcome self-esteem problems and build healthy self-esteem, it helps to know what might cause those problems in the first place, the conditions or situations that seem to deflate your self-esteem. What triggers your feelings of self-esteem? In what situations do you feel most vulnerable?
Become aware of thoughts and beliefs. Pay attention to your thoughts about yourself. This includes your self-talk — what you tell yourself — and your interpretation of what the situation means. Your thoughts and beliefs might be positive, negative or neutral. They might be rational, based on reason or facts, or irrational, based on false ideas. Start listening and observing what it is you say to yourself that brings you down, makes you feel vulnerable?
Challenge your negative or inaccurate thinking. Test the validity of your thoughts. Ask yourself whether your view is consistent with facts and logic or whether other explanations for the situation might be plausible. How often do you jump to a negative conclusion? When was the last time you put yourself down or used self-deprecating humour? Once you start looking at this clearly, and you notice what you’re doing, now you can make the changes. You can now replace negative or inaccurate thoughts with accurate, constructive thoughts.
Focus on the positive. Think about the good parts of your life. Remind yourself of things that you have done well. Situations that have gone well for you. Nice things people have said about you.
Recognize what you can change and what you can’t. Once you open your eyes to see that you’re unhappy with something about yourself, at that moment you can make the change.
Make a contribution. Help others out. Feeling like you’re making a difference and that your help is valued can do wonders to improve self-esteem. Nothing makes you feel better about yourself than when you help others for no other reason than you care.
Do what you love. Everyone loves to do something. When you do things that you love, you always feel much happier and feel better within yourself.
Recognise your strengths. We all have our own personal strengths. Everyone is good at something, know what your good at and give yourself praise for it.
Embrace Failure. Learn lessons from your failures. When you fail, figure out why and be determined to learn from it. What can you do to improve your chances of success next time? Just think about how many times you fell before you walked, how many meaningless sounds you made before you talked. If you won’t risk failure, you’ll never grow.
Increase Your Positive Relationships. Rid yourself of those relationships that de-value you. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people and you will see your opinion of yourself will be boosted no end.
As your self-esteem increases, your confidence and sense of well-being will rise massively.
“First we must wish, then we must believe, then it will happen.” ~ Inscription on the Zeppelin obelisk
Success is only possible if you believe it’s possible. Learn to quieten your negative talk in your head by replacing it with positive self-talk: “What if I can’t do this?” becomes, “I can do this.”
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt