~ Self-Esteem: What is it ?
~ How high is your self esteem ?
~ Is self-esteem related to your feelings of success ?
~ How does a poor self esteem develop ?
~ Can you do something to improve your Self-Esteem ?
…Self-esteem is a state of mind. It is the way you think and feel about yourself and others; and it is measured by the way you act. Your self-esteem serves as the bridge between who you are and what you do. It can also be defined as your internal belief system and how you experience life externally.
…High self-esteem means that you have a positive sense of your inherent worth as a person. Self-esteem is self-confidence, self-worth and self-respect. The key to improving self-esteem is your willingness to take responsibility for your feelings, desires, thoughts, abilities and interests, and to accept your overall strengths.
…Most low self-esteem is caused by negative emotional reactions. Childhood experiences, criticism from adults, peers, your environment, media and society in general can cause feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem. If these feelings are reinforced by negative belief patterns, they will become habit forming and low self-esteem will be the result.
…Self-esteem is both conscious and unconscious. It is an ongoing evaluation of yourself, a belief about what you can and cannot do. Self-esteem can be learned, but it does not happen overnight. At the conscious level it is vague and ill defined, but at the sub-conscious level it is very precise.
…Choosing what you think about is one of the most important changes you can make in your life. It’s not your thoughts that are the problem, it’s your reactions to the thoughts that are the problem! When you have a negative thought, replace it with a positive alternative – it is the best way to retrain your mind. Focus on a special thought any time you need some inspiration, strength or guidance. It gives the mind something uplifting to think about.