Self-confidence is one of those things that is fantastic when it’s plentiful and can cause a lot of suffering when it’s running low. Seeing ourselves in a positive light makes us less vulnerable to criticism, we feel more motivated, and we are happy people overall.
Unfortunately, despite how much most people know that self-esteem is something they should have, many people are lacking. Improving our self-esteem can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. They may turn to plastic surgery as a solution or even join a religion. However, in some cases, you can get the same results without being overly drastic or making major lifestyle changes.
If you could deal with a little more self-confidence, then take a look at some of the ways you can improve the way you see yourself right away.
Use Positive Affirmations
Think of positive affirmations as a work out for your brain. They are your mind’s way of trying to build a muscle of thought. The more that you repeat something to yourself, the more you’ll start to be convinced that it is true!
When using positive affirmations, make sure that you’re using realistic language. “I’m perfect!” is less attainable than saying, “I will persevere until I achieve my dreams.” Make your affirmations something that you can actually believe. After all, no one is perfect!
Focus On Your Strengths
If you’re no good at math and your job involves working with numbers, then it’s a no-brainer why your boss is yelling at you all the time. Why put yourself in a situation that encourages self-criticism when you can place yourself somewhere that you’re a good fit?
Surround yourself with people and situations that encourage your strengths. You won’t just feel more valuable, but you’ll feel more valued too!
Stop Rejecting Compliments
Somewhere along the way, it became the social standard to reject compliments anytime someone says something nice to us. However, when someone tells you that you look nice and you brush it off with a casual self-deprecating joke, what you’re really doing is telling yourself that you’re not worthy.
Instead of shrugging off kind words, let them in! Even if you feel a little shy, try to get into the habit of saying, “thank you!” When someone tells you something nice about yourself.
You may feel a little uncomfortable initially learning to thank people for their kind words; however, with enough practice, it will become a habit. The more that you invite compliments into your life, the more they will present themselves!
Try applying these tips, and in no time you should start feeling better about yourself!