Do you feel like you are worthy, lovable, valuable, and capable? If not, you’re probably suffering from low-self esteem.
3 Areas That Improve Self-Esteem
- Having an internal locus of control
The more you feel like your destiny is in your own hands, the more responsibility you’ll take for your actions and the more action you’ll take to create your life. Psychologists refer to this as self-actualization, and it’s good for your self-esteem.
Actions that increase internal locus of control
- Forgiving those that have harmed you, because it returns control of how you feel to you and allows you act in ways that are right for you and not because of someone else’s actions.
- Find a meaning for your life.
- Having a sense of belonging and acceptance
We all want to be liked, and interestingly, the more you feel accepted, the more you are able to express yourself, act authentically and be fully present with others. The more you are able to be who you really are and be accepted for it, the more self-esteem you’ll have.
Actions that increase sense of belonging and acceptance
- Giving thanks and expressing gratitude will make you more aware of all the little ways you already do belong and you already are valued by others.
- Practicing random acts of kindness or volunteering remind you about your connection with your fellow humans.
- Having a sense of competence
If you feel like you’re good at something or getting better at it, you’ll also feel more confident and more inclined to take risks in the future.
Actions that increase sense of competency
- Practice an existing skill.
- Learn a new skill.
- Set a goal and celebrate when you achieve it.
- Remember your past victories.
Give your time and effort to these actions, and you’ll feel better about yourself.