Self Esteem – A Ted Talk by John Locke

Developing your self-esteem and improving your self-confidence can be a challenge for most people. I am yet to meet a person who thinks he or she is good enough. Self-esteem affects us all in different ways and this is the reason we should not take it for granted. Do you have high self esteem?

What is self esteem? It’s a concept that is not as easy to define as self-confidence. It can be defined as how much you believe you are worth. It is your internal self talk. Your perception of yourself affects your value and this is why most people need help to develop their self esteem.

How can this be done? There are many ways but the best way to go about this is to start by defining what self-esteem actually is. It is a positive self esteem that makes you feel confident and worthwhile. It is not vanity or the like. It is how you see yourself and where you place your values.

Some of these values could be your beliefs on wealth, marriage and family. These are things that you believe in strongly. You might also put them in the forefront of your mind when you look in the mirror. But is it true?

The concept of self-talk is important because it is what drives our behaviour. If we don’t talk to ourselves about our self-talk, we will never know what it is really like. Our level of self-esteem would reflect our behaviour and so self esteem needs to be examined and improved. Developing your self-talk is crucial if you are going to improve your self esteem.

How do you do this? Well start by listening to your own self talk. Why do you feel bad about yourself? What things do you tell yourself over again that depress you or make you feel inadequate?

It’s time to stop doing this. What you have to do instead is to tell yourself that you are an amazing person with a lot to offer. That you are loved and accepted for who you are. That you are not stupid, flawed or undesirable.

Changing your self-talk is a gradual process but it can be done. Just start where you are now. Tell yourself that you are a great person with lots of potential. Follow this up by saying it over again. Practice this technique whenever you find yourself brooding about your self, just observe yourself for a few minutes and see if it works.

Here’s another tip on improving your self esteem. Why is family therapy important? Because you will be able to discuss the problems you face at home with your family. It is a very powerful way of dealing with issues. Once you have discussed these problems, you will be much better equipped to deal with them.

A third tip on improving your self esteem is to keep a diary. Write down how you feel every day about yourself or some aspect of your life. This is a good way of finding out what is causing you stress and then how you can deal with it.

Finally, you must be happy and positive. You must believe in yourself more than anyone else does and you must not look to other people to help or support you. There is a very strong self-fulfilling prophecy. Once you have convinced yourself of these things you will be on your way to building your confidence and self esteem.

What is Self Esteem anyway? Is it having a sense of self worth? Or is it having the ability to make yourself feel better about yourself? The bottom line is this, your level of self-esteem is entirely up to you. Your success in life depends on how well you think of yourself.

The most important thing is not to worry about your self esteem. There will always be challenges in your life. They are all part of life. The important thing is that you can deal with them and you do so with a strong self esteem. I hope you have found this article helpful and informative.

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