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5 Tips to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Updated on October 26, 2014

Self-esteem is defined as having confidence in one’s own worth or abilities. It’s also called self-respect. If people have a very low self-esteem, it might lead to depression. They are also more likely to be abused, be in a poor relationship or incapable of fully functioning as a social person.

If you think you have even a bit of low self-respect, I suggest you try out the following tips.

1. Understand that there is no such thing as a perfect individual.

Even if you’ve heard of the saying that practice makes perfect, don’t let it bother you too much. You must learn to accept that people are different--that we all have our own weaknesses and faults and we all commit mistakes. But even with all of these shortcomings, deep inside we are outstanding individuals. So one of the first things you should do is to accept your own imperfections.

2. Focus on your talents and abilities.

I’m a hundred percent sure that you are great in doing something--be it cooking, drawing, singing, writing or anything else you might be into. Do a stock take of your abilities and dedicate more of your time and effort on improving them. Because if you know you are really good at doing something, you will start to have more respect on yourself and people will admire you for that.

Just do it!
Just do it!

3. Have a can-do attitude.

Always have a positive thinking. If a seemingly difficult task has been assigned to you, instead of cowering away from it, you should face it knowing that you can get it done. Even if you don’t know a thing on how to accomplish it, you can at least research and learn from others. This is where a can-do attitude will come very handy. Just imagine how elated you will feel once you’ve accomplished that task.

4. Always put on a smile.

Make sure your smile is genuine because people can tell if you’re just faking it. A smile can have an uplifting effect on you. Try it every time you’re feeling a bit down and you’ll see its immediate positive effect on your mood. If you regularly smile, people will like you more-- It’s really hard to resist a genuine one!

It will also be a good idea to prepare yourself to smile. What I mean is you should check out how you look when you smile through a mirror. You should also check the general health of your teeth. Let’s be honest, it’s not a nice view if you have crooked teeth. It would be a good idea to visit your dentist.

5. Do something good for other people.

Doing even a bit of charity can be very uplifting for you. You can do this by donating goods or money to your favorite charity. You can also volunteer your time and talents to an organization or to your community.

Keep on improving yourself!

The key to great self-esteem is in accepting who you are. This means you understand what your flaws are as well as your good points. Then keep on re-inventing or improving yourself so you will not be the same person as you were yesterday.


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