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  • COLUMN: 'Improve Your Self-Esteem'

  • Self-esteem is your self-image, or how you feel about yourself. It is made up of positive and negative thoughts and feelings. The more positive feelings you have about yourself, the higher your self-esteem.


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  • Self-esteem is your self-image, or how you feel about yourself. It is made up of positive and negative thoughts and feelings. The more positive feelings you have about yourself, the higher your self-esteem.
    Self-esteem affects the way you live, how you think, act and feel about yourself and others, and how you will achieve your goals in life. High self-esteem can make you more effective, productive, capable and lovable while low self-esteem can make you feel worthless, incompetent and unloved.
    Your level of self-esteem is based on the experiences and personal relationships that have made up your life. No single event or person can determine your level of self-esteem. It develops over time, constantly changing with experience.
    Whatever the level of your self-esteem now, you can take positive steps to improve it. Start by taking a good look at yourself. Identify and accept your strengths and weaknesses – everyone has them! Take a “can-do” attitude.  Set personal and realistic goals. Meet them by learning new skills and developing your abilities. Take pride in your achievements. Don’t’ try to be someone else but be proud of who you are and appreciate your own special talents. Learn from your mistakes and accept your successes and failures.
    Is it easy to change self-esteem? No. It means changing the things you don’t like about yourself. Change is always difficult. Learn to encourage yourself when you need it, praise yourself when you deserve it. Trust your own judgment, and learn to appreciate your uniqueness so you can respond to others in positive and productive ways. It will take time, but the results will be worth the effort.
    Iroquois Center for Human Development, Inc. has several brochures and pamphlets to help you improve your self-esteem. Contact us at 610 East Grant Avenue, Greensburg, or call us at 620-723-2272, or toll-free, 1-888-877-0376.

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