12 Jan Feel better about yourself really quickly…with these 19 simple tips
via Inc.com by Lolly Daskal
Low self-esteem is unfortunately a self-fulling prophecy. The worse you feel about who you are and what you do, the less motivation you’ll have to do what it takes to build your self-esteem.
From there it’s easy to spiral down into a cycle of negative and circular thinking, keeping you mired in damaging–and erroneous–beliefs.
How can you stop this vicious cycle and start moving yourself in a more positive direction?
It’s a process, and it won’t happen overnight, but there are things you can do to get it started and keep it moving. Here are 20 powerful ways to improve your self-esteem quickly in order to start feeling more confident.
1. Master a new skill.
When you become skilled in something that corresponds with your talents and interests, you increase your sense of competency.
2. List your accomplishments.
Think about all the things you’ve accomplished, then write them down. Make a list of everything you’ve done that you feel proud of, everything you’ve done well. Review your list when you need a reminder of your ability to get things done and to do them well.
3. Do something creative.
Creative tasks are a great way to put the flow back into your life. Creativity stimulates the brain, so the more you use it, the greater the benefits. Pull out your old guitar, write a story or poem, take a dance class or sign up for a community theater production. When you add the challenge of trying something new, it helps you even more.
4. Get clear on your values.
Determine what your values are and examine your life to see where you’re not living in alignment with what you believe. Then make any necessary changes. The more you know what you stand for, the more confident you will be.
5. Challenge your limiting beliefs.
When you catch yourself thinking negatively about yourself, stop and challenge yourself. Don’t let yourself be limited by erroneous beliefs…
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