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    Building Your Self Esteem and Confidence
    Copyright 2003, Julie Plenty

    When it comes to building self esteem and confidence, don't 
    think self improvement, think self development.  What's the 
    difference?  If you regard personal development as 
    improvement, it suggests that something in you needs to be 
    "fixed".
     
    Each improvement then leads to the need for more 
    improvements and you'll be stuck in a cyclical loop of 
    personal improvements that never seem good enough. 
    So start with your existing strengths, skills, talents and 
    gifts and develop these from a position of strength.
     
    Building self esteem and confidence is a process that 
    involves making changes.  Making changes takes time and 
    energy.  So one of the best ways to raise your self esteem 
    is to improve your level of energy and dynamism.
     
    Improving your Energy and Dynamism
     
    To achieve this, ensure that you have a nourishing diet, 
    sleep well, take regular exercise, meditate regularly, make 
    time to do things that you enjoy spend time with people you 
    love.  More importantly, develop a structure and routine so 
    that these aspects are built into your daily life.  For 
    example schedule time during the day to relax, meditate, 
    take a walk etc.
     
    Building self esteem and confidence is dependent on breaking 
    old habits and developing new productive ones.  A key habit 
    that needs to be shattered is the habit of negative 
    thinking.  These thoughts are so interwoven into the fabric 
    of your mind that you assume that they are normal and 
    changeable - but they are not! Learning how to acknowledge 
    and deal with your inner critic is an extremely effective 
    way of starting to boost your self esteem.
     
    Forget the Blame Game!
     
    Stop judging yourself and other people in your life for what 
    has happened to you in the past.  Playing the Blame Game 
    serves no one, least of all yourself.  People did what they 
    thought was best at the time, the same way you did.  Learn 
    to forgive yourself and others for past mistakes.  
    Harbouring old grudges takes up a lot of time and energy you 
    could be using in more productive ways.
     
    Learn how to reconcile, resolve and accept what has happened 
    in the past and know that it has made you a much stronger 
    person.  Acknowledge your fears and find out what's really 
    behind them.  Many of your fears are likely to be 
    groundless, but it is the thinking, attitudes and beliefs 
    that cause much of the inappropriate fear.  Fear is often a 
    disguise for your lack of belief in yourself and your 
    judgements.
     
    Best way to start building self esteem and confidence
     
    The best way to start building your self esteem and 
    confidence is to commit to making changes.  Even if you use 
    just one of the examples listed above, it will begin to make 
    a difference to your level of self esteem.  Know that you 
    are valued, regardless of what has happened before.

    Julie Plenty is a Personal and Business Coach who has developed techniques to build her own self esteem and confidence and now helps others do the same. Join her newsletter "Only Connect" and you are offered a free ecourse "5 ways to not improve your self esteem!". You can subscribe by visiting her website: http://www.kick-start-your-self-esteem.com



    This article was originally written: August, 2003


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