It’s no secret that having a positive self-image (which comes from self-confidence) is key to happiness and success in life. Yet, for many of us, self-doubt and negative self-talk are our default settings.
On the world stage, some of us are often labelled as confident, cocky and entitled. However, this is an over-generalization that only applies to a fraction of professionals. In reality, millions of professionals across all different industries struggle with low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. The costs often have adverse economic effects.
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Self-worth and self-confidence are two important facets of success. Without them, it’s hard to feel motivated or take risks. This often holds people back from achieving their goals. Low self-esteem can also lead to anxiety and depression, which can further impede success.
Are you struggling with low self-confidence?
Do you often feel down?
Do you feel like you’re not good enough, or that you can’t do anything right? Your self-image is the way that you see yourself, and it plays a huge role in your happiness and confidence.
A positive self-image is an essential foundation for confidence and happiness. However, many people struggle to see themselves in a positive light. If you’re unhappy with your self-image, don’t despair! There are plenty of things you can do to improve the way you see yourself.
Why low self-esteem may be hurting you at work
If you’re thinking, “I don’t deserve a raise,” or “I’m not good enough to get that promotion,” then you might want to take a look at your self-esteem. People with low self-esteem often sell themselves short, both figuratively and literally. Studies have shown that people with low self-esteem earn significantly less money than those with high self-esteem.
In fact, self-esteem is such a powerful predictor of earnings that it can account for up to 25% of the wage gap. So if you’re constantly putting yourself down, it’s time to start building yourself up. When you have a healthy self-confidence, you’ll be more likely to ask for the raise you deserve, and you’ll be more likely to get it.
We’ve all been there before.
That big project is due, and you just don’t feel up to the task. Your self-doubt starts to creep in, telling you that you’re not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to get the job done.
Unfortunately, this self-defeating mindset can do more than just hurt your feelings – it can also have a serious impact on your career. Studies have shown that workers with low self-esteem earn significantly less than their counterparts who feel confident in their abilities. In fact, one recent study found that workers with low self-esteem earn an average of $3600 less per year than those with high self-esteem.
So if you’re finding yourself doubting your abilities at work, it may be time to give your self-confidence a boost. After all, your career is worth it.
We all have moments of self-doubt. We compare ourselves to others and find ourselves lacking. We focus on our flaws and beat ourselves up for not being “good enough.” But what if we could learn to love ourselves with our flaws and still be ok with it?
Building a positive self-image is essential for a happy and fulfilling life.
So stop telling yourself that you’re not good enough, and start believing that you are. Your career will thank you for it!
So, here are 11 steps that will help build a positive self-image and increase your self-worth:
1. Acknowledge your strengths and accomplishments. It’s easy to focus on our weaknesses and downplay our successes. Make it a point to recognize your strengths and accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem.
2. Be mindful of your self-talk. Pay attention to the kinds of things you say to yourself on a daily basis. If you find yourself being overly self-critical, make an effort to switch to a more positive inner dialogue.
3. Set realistic goals. Trying to achieve unrealistic goals is a recipe for disappointment. When setting goals for yourself, make sure they are achievable and within reach.
4. Embrace your imperfections. Remember that nobody is perfect – including you! Accepting your imperfections is an important part of developing a positive self-image.
5. Surround yourself with supportive people. The people you spend time with can have a big impact on how you see yourself. Make an effort to surround yourself with positive, supportive people who will build you up, not tear you down.
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6 . Be assertive when necessary. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself or set boundaries when needed. Assertiveness is a healthy form of self-expression that can help boost your self-image.
7 . Practice self-care. Neglecting your own needs can lead to feelings of low self-worth. Make sure to nurture yourself emotionally and physically by doing things that make you feel good.
8 . Avoid comparisons. Comparing yourself to others is a surefire way to feel inferior. Keep in mind that everyone has their own unique talents and qualities, and focus on celebrating your own uniqueness instead of envying someone else’s.
9 . Seek professional help if needed. If you find that negative self-talk and feelings of low self-worth are impacting your daily life, it may be time to seek professional help from a therapist or counsellor.
10 . Take action towards your goals. Talking about what you want to achieve is one thing, but taking action towards those goals is what will actually make them happen. Set small, achievable goals for yourself and take tangible steps towards achieving them.
11 . Believe in yourself! This may seem easier said than done, but it’s essential for developing a positive self-image. Remind yourself that you are capable, competent, and worthy – believing in yourself is the first step towards making it true.
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