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