Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself, determined by your feelings and an evaluation based on your perception of yourself.
And a healthy sense of self-esteem, we’re told, is critical to success in any undertaking.
If you’re lucky enough to have strong self-esteem, it may be hard to understand those who struggle with it.
But if you’re among those who need a boost, here are 10 simple tricks you can do today to instantly improve your self-esteem.
1. Be careful what you say about yourself, because you’re listening.
Too often we don’t actually stop and listen to the things we say to ourselves. If we did, we’d be appalled. If a friend or child made a mistake, would you belittle them and call them stupid? Of course not. So why would you do it to yourself? Make sure the things you tell yourself reflect how you want to feel, not how you feel in the moment.
2. Build up your strengths and stop dwelling on your weaknesses.
You have gifts, talents, skills–so why are you concentrating on what you’re bad at? Focus instead on the things you do well. you are good at. Master your skills and outsource your weaknesses.
3. Recognize perfectionism as the enemy.
When you strive for perfection you end up sabotaging yourself. Perfectionism leaves you feeling never good enough. It’s self-abuse of the highest order and the enemy of creation. Honor the fact that you can be imperfectly perfect. Strive for excellence, not perfection, and enjoy how it feels to know you’re doing your best.