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Build Resilience by Raising Self-Esteem

Positive self-esteem is a resource tool when adversity hits. You’re able to make more effective decisions, feel confident, and sense hope when the going gets tough. If you question the level of your self-esteem, try these action steps to boost it: 1) Identify the positive human qualities you possess by using this massive list. This exercise will make you more aware of the real you. You may be surprised at how many positive qualities you actually possess. 2) Catch negative self-talk quickly and ask, “What is causing me to think this way right now?” This exercise will erode negative, knee-jerk reactions to the everyday mishaps we all experience. 3) When mistakes happen, don’t target yourself for self-criticism. Instead, focus on the decision and changes you need to consider next time. 4) Everyone reacts with discouragement or emotions to mishaps and unfortunate events. The life skill to develop is learning to overcome a negative emotional response quickly and restoring your courage to try again. 5) Gravitate toward those who seem to validate your self-worth, particularly good listeners. 6) If you struggle with self-esteem, it can be easier to be critical of others, just as you are with yourself. The act of accepting others along with their shortcomings has a double-healing effect of improving relationships with others while you actually improve the one with yourself


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