Self esteem is a huge pillar for gaining and maintaining confidence in yourself and even in others. In this article I will be discussing what is involved in finding your own self-esteem which includes, knowing your strengths and what to do with them, plus accepting your weaknesses and what you can improve on. The combination of realising both of these is the answer to a confident, stable and happier you.
Self esteem and confidence go hand-in-hand, so I would like to offer a very simple technique to improve on both.
The foundations of confidence is having the self esteem to know that you are good enough to try anything and that others’ opinion is just that, an opinion that you can overrule.
Without this self-esteem, it can make it much harder to bounce back and actually try something new when you are criticised or even questioned.
There are a few ways to go about this. Firstly, reflect on yourself and what your strengths and weaknesses are.
This is very useful because once you realise your strengths, you can embrace them and gain the confidence to move forward in life with your strengths at tow.
Realising your weaknesses will allow you to accept where you may fail, what you can improve on, what your limits are and when it is necessary to listen to others’ advice.
Knowing both the good and the bad of yourself is a huge step in gaining that self-esteem that you need.
Next, you need to maximise your potential using your strengths. Also limit your exposure to situations you may be weak at until you have learnt how to improve on them.
What do you believe?
Lastly, have the belief that you can do it no matter what. You may not know the right way, but knowing what you want and with your strengths and weaknesses at hand, you can find the way.
Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, but it is how you use them and being honest with yourself with what they are which will help you develop a significant amount of self confidence to succeed.
This is the second in my series on confidence, so have a look at my previous post on my technique for gaining overall confidence. Next week will be on the topic of self-worth and the natural progression from self-esteem.