Tuesday, April 19, 2016
One of psychotherapist and author Nathaniel Branden's most important insights is that, "Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves."
Think about that for a moment. You know what your reputation is amongst your friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and family members.
But what is your reputation with yourself and of yourself?
In many ways self esteem should be thought of as self respect. For, like all other forms of respect, this must be earned before it is granted freely and willingly.
Self esteem will also heighten your sense of self worth, a topic you are likely to struggle with at various times in your life. In today's society, one's self worth is usually negated and chipped away at by others, and unfortunately most often by the ones you love or care about the most.
Which makes this advice from the author Ralph Marston particularly relevant: "If you really want to improve your self esteem, stop allowing other people to be responsible for it. Instead, create something of value. Make a positive difference."
Respect yourself. Believe in yourself. Understand yourself. Build and maintain your self esteem. These are the attributes of the self that will enable you to Live A Determined Life.
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This article is partially excerpted from the Amazon top-selling personal growth and development book Project You: Living A Determined Life, available at Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.