For 35 years, I suffered with low self-esteem. When I say I suffered, it was because it was very painful for me and it also stopped me from going for my dreams or should I say it stopped me from feeling like I was good enough to go for my dreams.
I learned several years ago that self-esteem is the opinion you have of yourself and your abilities. Low self-esteem leaves us feeling unmotivated and insecure. This is exactly what it did to me.
I realized that not only did I suffer with low self-worth, I also had low self-esteem.
The first thing I did to start improving my self-esteem was to start saying nice positive things to myself. I was done treating myself like crap. So many times, we treat others better than we treat ourselves. Yeah, I was done with that! Don’t get me wrong, this was hard to do but I did it! I made a list of 10 things I loved about myself and I was on the road to improving myself.
The second thing I did was to remind myself that no one is perfect including myself. I created an art piece to hang on the wall that says progress over perfection. I began working on undoing my perfectionist mind. I am a recovering perfectionist.
The third thing I did was to celebrate my small victories. This was hard for me. I’m black or white/all or nothing. All I noticed was my failures, my small stumbles in life along my journey. All these baby steps accumulate into something larger. So they are very important to recognize and to celebrate.
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