Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Key To...Self-Esteem

Written By: Hope Jennings

The key to happiness and success of getting rid of all those negative thoughts and feeling good about yourself. Here's how to build self-esteem - and be a stronger, more confidence person.

Money can't buy it. Success doesn't ensure it. The most unexpected women, such as Princess Diana (my favorite), don't have enough of it.

Self-esteem, the catchword of the the century. A few years ago, virtually no one talked about it; today everybody wants some. Self-esteem is being touted as the universal fix-it for women who eat, drink or love too much. It's the cure-all for addictions, co-dependencies and other emotional problems.

But, what is self-esteem? The bottom-line definition: the state of feeling fine about who you are, deep down in your soul. Self-esteem is elusive, changeable, hard to get and harder to hang on to. Here are some of my favorite ways to boost your self-esteem:
  1. Taking photos and videos allows you to become more comfortable with your body. It may be a bit difficult in the beginning, but when you spend extended amounts of time looking at photos or editing footage of yourself, you're focused to come into terms with the fact that you're body isn't nearly as bad as you think it is. In fact, if you spend a good amount of time looking at yourself and hearing yourself talk, you just might find things you like about yourself that never occurred to you! You'd be surprised at what you can teach yourself - about yourself!
  2. Writing regularly gets you comfortable with your personal voice. Writing and posting your thoughts online is a great way to become more comfortable with your voice. What do you believe in? Writing blog posts allows you to thoroughly contemplate your thoughts and opinions. Being comfortable with who you are on the inside is just as important as being comfortable with yourself on the outside.
  3. The online blogging community is a great way to make friends from all over the world. There is a web of bloggers out there who are constantly looking for more bloggers to meet. Guest posts, Facebook pages, and the comments sections on blogs are other great ways to meet new people.
  4. Readership creates a feeling of acceptance and care. Everyone's readership starts at zero, but the longer you stick to your blogging routine, the more people will trickle in. It's a nice little boost to your self-esteem when you see that fifteen, thirty, a hundred whole people checked out your latest posts! As it turns out, people DO care about what you're up to!
    • Take Beauty O'holic for example, Meredith started that blog in May of 2012 starting out with zero pageviews and zero readers. Today, Beauty O'holic has over 500,000 pageviews! While we have moved to On Your Mark (which was started in  April 2016), we started with zero again and we're about to break 5,000 pageviews!  

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