That’s right! Your self-esteem is directly related to your happiness. Focus on increasing your self-esteem and you will discover that you are a happier person overall.
In my business, many clients report “I have low self-esteem”. When I ask what they hope to get out of counselling, these same clients say “I want to be happy”. These statements are often talked about as if they are not connected at all. Many clients think that happiness can be achieved in spite of their ‘low self-esteem’. Many think that they are born with or stuck with ‘low self-esteem’, like having inherited ‘high cholesterol’. Not True! Increase your self-esteem and your happiness will soar.
We choose how we want to feel. And Yes, we can choose to be happy. It is up to each individual to determine what type of attitude that s/he wants to have each and every day and throughout each and every day. If you choose to be happy, to have a positive attitude then it is so much easier to reach your goals.
Simply put: self-esteem is the reputation that you have with yourself. It is what you truly think of yourself. If you think you are weak, then you will act weak or mask the weakness with anger or depression. If you think you are confident then you will take the steps necessary to act confident. Confidence is self-belief.
Once you begin to like yourself, you will begin to trust yourself which will lead you towards taking some risks (after weighing the pros and cons, of course). This will result in more confidence, higher self-esteem and then you will happily and confidently move forward in life. You will want to stretch yourself to be the best that you can be.
As mentioned, your self-esteem is the reputation that you have with yourself.
Here are 6 tips to start boosting your self-esteem:
- Trust yourself
- Picture yourself happy and confident
- Take care of your health (emotional and physical)
- Smile more
- Take a deep breath often throughout the day
- Engage regularly in a leisure activity ( dance, hockey, choir…).
“Just trust yourself, and then you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe