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How to grow your self-esteem

Self-esteem is the way you feel about yourself. It’s the overall emotional evaluation of your sense of self-worth or personal value and is founded on the beliefs you have about yourself. Self-esteem is also heavily influenced by the impact you allow other people and situations to have on you. Here are some tips to grow your self-esteem.

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Forget perfection – life isn’t perfect so who told you this work had to be. We’re all human and a mistake is a learning opportunity to help your development

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Behave according to your values. It will ease your mind and when challenged and make you feel more optimistic and resilient

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Spend time with positive people. Avoid that Moaning Minnie in the office or the person who see everything with doom and gloom – they’ll drop your mood

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Take compliments as a gift to our self-esteem. Don’t feel embarrassed, say ‘thank you, it’s kind of you to say that’. You will appear more confident by doing this and more likely to receive more

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Find something challenging to do, inside or outside work. Reward yourself when you reach a new level of competence.

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Deal with people who put you down in an assertive way by challenging them politely on what they have said

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Take regular exercise. Even if it’s ‘just’ walking, it boosts endorphins in the brain – the happy hormones

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Lose the ‘I want everyone to like me’ attitude. We’re all different and there will always be someone we don’t get along with

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Find the good in yourself. Stop that negative self-talk. Positive people are more productive and more successful which is hardly surprising when low self-esteem has such a negative impact on you

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Acknowledge the good things you have done. Keep a note of these in a diary or smartphone and regularly read it – it will give you a boost when you feel low.

Learn more about how to grow your self-esteem in my best-selling book How to Have an Outstanding Career and become the person you’ve always dreamed of being.

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