Having low self-esteem can have a debilitating effect on everything. If you spend a significant part of your time thinking negatively about yourself, life can quickly become unbearable.
Bad thoughts can even get you into a vicious cycle that you will struggle to break free from!
Trust me that every part of your life can quickly change including the way you dress, even your ability to advance in your career because of the personal image you have created.
Luckily, there are 7 easy steps you can take to improve your mindset and become a positive and confident person!
Tip #7 – Congratulate Yourself Often & Stop Self-Criticizing
Let’s take these 2 powerful tools one at a time. Now, in the midst of having little self-esteem, it can be almost nature to criticize everything you do.
It often becomes a habit so ingrained in your psyche that you end up criticizing every aspect of your existence, from the way you look, to the way you behave!
It is quite easy to slip into blaming yourself for every little thing. Therefore, to raise your self-esteem issues you need to apply positive thinking. If you think negatively, you often act so.
Where your mind goes, your body follows!
If you have a poor self-image, it nearly always also manifests in the way you talk, walk and interact with people. You have to retrain your brain and the way it thinks.
Keep in mind: You need to congratulate yourself as well. Begin with something small that you’ve done well, and congratulate yourself. Keep doing it, make it a habit, and see how slowly you start to get better!
Tip #6 – Avoid “All-or-Nothing” Attitude to Problem Solving
One of the traps that you can fall into with low self-esteem is making everything into an all-or-nothing situation. Naturally, if you think like this, then most things become a problem!
This attitude will keep you digging a deeper and deeper hole for yourself. Thanks to your negative thinking you will not be able to come out on top anyway.
Pay attention: Can you see the downward spiral here? Learn to approach things in a balanced way. Just because you might make a small error, doesn’t render your entire efforts worthless!
Tip #5 – Set Realistic Expectations
By this, you could also read ‘don’t set yourself up for a failure’! An easy illustration would be to imagine an employee starting work at a company in an entry-level position and declaring that they are going to be CEO in one year.
It’s not going to happen is it? Probably no! And when it doesn’t you’re going to feel like a failure.
Pay attention: You need to keep the grand dreams and ambitions, but build in smaller, achievable goals along the way. These, when completed, get you a little further along the road to achieving your dreams!
Tip #4 – Look for Constructive Feedback
To improve and become the strongest version of yourself, it is sometimes wise for you to listen and take on board input from others.
Pay attention: Train your mindset not to view every bit of feedback and criticism as the worst thing that could ever happen. Just listen carefully, be attentive and see if there’s anything that can help you.
Tip #3 – Walk & Sit Straight
Maybe you don’t have such great feeling, and you can’t turn off your inner critic. What should you do? Fake it! That’s right, at your desk, sit up straight.
When you’re out walking, do it with your head held high and chest out! You will be surprised by the instant boost of confidence it will give you.
Be aware: Acting like a confident, secure person will translate into your mind and will ultimately make you feel that way – for real! But again, you have to make it a habit.
Tip #2 – Start Working Out & Eat Properly
Doing exercises is one of the easiest things you can do to free your brain from the shackles of low self-esteem. Exercising releases endorphins – the very own “feel good” chemicals. These flood through your system and will quite simply obliterate your bad mood almost instantly!
Don’t have a gym membership?
Sorry, but you’ll have to throw that excuse away because all you need to do is get outside and go for a run! There’s no need to try and set any Olympic records, just remember why you’re doing it and get out there as soon as possible.
Pay attention: You need to combine working out with proper food. Just eat clean and reap the rewards. Cut out any processed foods and sugar from your diet and gain the reward of a clear, fresh mind. Drink plenty of water and bring more things like fish, vegetables, and whole grains into your daily meals.
Tip #1 – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Each of us is on our journey. To always compare yourselves to other people is a huge waste of your energy that could be better spent focusing on your self-improvement.
Focus on what you can do better. What do you want to achieve, where do you wish to go in life? These are the important things, and more importantly, the things we have control over.
Set goals, achieve them, and learn to view yourself in a positive light. These are some of the keys to a fulfilling existence!