Self Management – Lesson 9

How to improve self-image and self-esteem

What is self-esteem?

Definition of Self-esteem focus on believing in one’s self and one’s value system, (self-respect), and one’s ability to achieve (self-efficacy). The development of self-esteem is a spiritual quest. Man’s need of self-esteem is inherent in his nature.

It entails a feeling of self-worth generated through a respect for himself   (self-respect), as conveyed by his conscience and value system, and a belief in his competence to handle all life’s challenges and difficulties (self-efficacy).

People who have a low self-esteem

  • Blame other for their problems
  • Overindulge in food, alcohol and drugs
  • Perceive all criticism as a personal insult
  • Stay dependent on others for their financial security
  • Begin valuing the feeling of disappointment
  • Become passionately interested in unimportant issues
  • Do not feel comfortable being alone
  • Wait for others to change before they will
  • Wait to see how life turns out before making commitments

On the other hand, people with high self-esteem

  • Operate out of a sense of reality than fantasy
  • Are aware of both their internal feelings and external situations
  • Know how to alter their reality through purpose and goals
  • Possess high ethical and moral standards
  • Are life’s great optimists
  • Are continually growing and developing
  • Continually strive for self-realization