Self-love, high self-esteem, setting boundaries… Sounds too woo woo for you? It’s not -- stay with me and learn the importance of “believing in yourself.”
More often than not, we hear the importance of putting ourselves first, valuing ourselves, believing in our potential, and so the list goes on. But what’s the actual significance of patting ourselves on the back and recognize when we’ve done an excellent job? Or be our own cheerleader?
Moreover, this sounds too beautiful in theory, but how do we actually put these teachings into practice? Let’s find out.
Even if it’s a no-brainer, it’s good to reinforce the definition of self-esteem. According to the Collins Dictionary, “self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. For example, if you have low self-esteem, you do not like yourself, you do not think that you are a valuable person, and therefore you do not behave confidently.”
But I’d say it’s much more than simply liking yourself or not. It’s also connected to how much respect, self-love, and value you give to yourself.
Positive self-esteem is also related to how you perceive yourself both internally and externally and how your perception is regarding other people’s opinions of you.
Also, what’s the perception you might have about your personal experiences, background, achievements, and so on. Some people have a toxic relationship with themselves and mistreat them as if they were their worst enemy.
High self-esteem and self-love are intrinsically connected. There’s often a misconception about self-love that you should only love the positive parts of yourself. It’s actually quite the opposite. Genuine self-love is about loving the parts of you that you both like and dislike.
Positive self-esteem is quite similar. It’s about celebrating that we’re all human beings and to put all life challenges into perspective -- nor good or bad, just necessary for personal growth.
When someone has a higher concept of themselves, for whom they indeed are (both strengths and weaknesses), don’t focus much on the negative perspective of things or feel worthy of receiving; they tend to develop emotional intelligence, better coping skills, and resilience.
Building higher self-esteem takes effort, focus, and resilience. It’s to have a helicopter overview of your life achievements, personality traits, skills -- all of that without judgment.
In a nutshell, it’s about loving and accepting yourself for who you truly are.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
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