Is your self-esteem on the rocky side?
Here are some helpful hints to improve, the better you in seven days.
I seem to loose count on how many times I’ve read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don’t), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality.
There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite how trivial it could get. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self.
So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you can think & improve on over the next a week.
1. Know your purpose
Are you wandering through life with little direction – hoping that you’ll find happiness, health & prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time.
This may seem tricky at first especially when you see yourself in a tight or even dead end position. But do know, there’s always that little loophole to turn things around, when you can make a big difference to yourself and the world around you.
2. Know your values
What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development,and learning. What goals did you set for 2015 – check your goals against your own personal values. If a goal doesn’t align with any of your top five values – you may want to reconsider or revise it.
The number shouldn’t discourage you, instead it should motivate you to do more than you can ever dreamed of.
3. Know your needs
Needs that are unmet can keep you from living authentically. Take care of yourself! Do you have a need to be acknowledged; to be right; to be in control; to be loved? There are so many people who live their lives without realizing their dreams and most of them end up being stressed or even depressed for that matter. List your top four needs and get them met before it’s too late!
4. Know your passions
You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt, and lack of enthusiasm, will only hinder you, but will not derail your chance to become the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who have inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.
5. Live from the inside out
Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Be one with nature; breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most city folk it’s hard to even find the most simplistic inner peace and quiet we want to have in our own home. In my own personal case I often just sit quietly and look outside at the birds in our backyard; or I’ll stop what I’m doing, close my eyes, and take in a very few deep breaths-feeling my heart rate slow down, and calmness fall over me-basically stress leaving my body.
6. Honor your strengths
What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three – if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence when you can share what you know with others.
7. Serve others
When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose and both sharing & giving of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came to share with others -your spirit – your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding, much more if it were to be the eyes of a stranger who can appreciate what you have done to them.