In this article I will give you some tips on how to reveal your true self and break out of your shell to improve your self-esteem. Self-esteem is how you estimate, and respect yourself. How do you estimate, and respect yourself?

Ask yourself these five questions:

1. Do I like who I am?
2. Am I a good person?
3. Do I warrant the love of a good person?
4. Am I worthy of bliss?
5. Am I liked by other people?

Individuals with low self-esteem find it difficult to reply yes to the above questions. Are you a person with low self-esteem? The question is if you do suffer from low self-esteem, what are you prepared to do to get out of that kind of thinking?

It is always good to remember that you are unique. There is no one out there like you. Even identical twins do not share the same fingerprints. So their DNA is not as identical as once thought.

Mother Nature bothered to make you distinctive, so don't you think you should agree that you are significant and worthy to reside in this world like any else. It is important to remember that is fine to err. Never beat yourself up (metaphorically) when you make errors. When you make mistakes it is than you start learning about how not to do something.

People who suffer from low self-esteem believe that they are no us to anyone or anything. It is vital that you stop damaging thoughts because if you go around believing you are useless, other people will start believing you are useless. Believe in yourself and other people will start believing in you.

Below are techniques to improve your self-esteem:

I. Find time to sit quietly, for at least 15 minutes, and imagine a peaceful scene.
II. Stop being critical of your mistakes. Mistakes are meant to be learnt from and not something you should hang onto which will eventually weigh you down. When your day goes wrong reflect on it and write down on how you could have done it differently and better.
III. Write down 100 things you like about yourself. This may take a while but it is important that you should realise that you have many good qualities.
IV. People with low self-esteem find it hard on giving positive criticism because they believe they have nothing important to offer. Low self-esteem people also find it hard in taking criticism as well.

Below are tips on receiving criticism:

  • Pay attention to criticism without butting in.
  • Analyse the criticism and if you believe some points of the criticism are valid agree with them.
  • As for further explanation if you do not understand some points of the criticism given.
  • Be Big. If you recognize you were in the wrong, apologise.
  • Though, if you believe the criticism is imbalanced, say, politely, 'I do not agree with your criticism of me.'

    Below are tips on giving criticism:

    I.It is important that you keep composed.
    II. Do not make a criticism if you are furious. Do it when you are calm and collected.
    III. When you make a criticism first say something nice about the person than insert the criticism in and then say another positive comment after.

    I will end this article with a motivational quote from the American essayist, lecturer, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, "It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'always do what you are afraid to do.'" Good advice. It is only when we do things we are afraid of can we start to feel good about our abilities and self-esteem. So don't be afraid to change and be the person you want to be!

  • Author's Bio: 

    Belinda Daly is a certified master practitioner in NLP, Hypnosis and TLT. She has a degree in metaphysics. She currently runs a self help and spiritual development membership site with her brother Dion.

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