Common Sense Way to Improve Self-Esteem
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Common Sense Way to Improve Self-Esteem

Self-esteem cannot be improved by simply repeating positive phrases that mean nothing personally. The common sense and effective way to increase confidence is to look at positive truths, which prove the qualities, skills, and talents individuals have, and to include them in positive affirmations to give them power and personal meaning.

Many people are interested in learning about self-esteem, because theirs is low, or they know someone else who lacks confidence and self-belief and wish to help them. In the past professionals held on to the idea that self-esteem could be increased via telling people they were ‘great,’ ‘beautiful,’ and ‘clever.’ The plan was that people would feel better about themselves if others kept reinforcing the notion that they were better than they thought they were.

The problem with this idea was that it did not work, because people with low self-esteem did not change their strongly held belief that they were not good enough just because someone they did not know very well said so. In fact, this whole exercise sometimes alienated people from those who could help them, as it felt so false.

People with a lack of self-confidence need believable affirmations and demonstrations that they are worthy, competent and good enough, not well-meaning, but highflying statements that could relate to anyone. They need to learn to believe in themselves personally.

To gather self-belief people with low self-esteem can be helped if their genuine achievements, skills and qualities are reflected upon. Positive phrases, that do not mean anything to them being repeated, will not work Studies show that affirmations are useful, but they need to be believable or they have no impact.

To help yourself if you have low self-esteem, or someone else, look at experiences where skills have been used, or talents and positive personal qualities demonstrated. Develop phrases, much like affirmations, which can be repeated. For example:

“I have shown I am strong and courageous, by completing a long marathon.”

“I know I am highly competent and can achieve what I set out to do, as I have successfully achieved career goals in the past and been commended on my efforts.”

Statements must ring true, and be genuinely personal if they are to aid people in gaining confidence and self-esteem.

It is the belief system of people with low self-esteem that needs to be changed, and the only way to do this is to use honesty, rather than attempting to bamboozle them into thinking differently.

There are many reasons why people can end-up having poor self-esteem, from an abusive childhood to depression. However, their confidence levels can be improved if they are helped, and help themselves in the right way. By concentrating on positive qualities that are personal to individuals, their self-esteem can be raised effectively.

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