Low self-confidence is one of the main problems people face in today’s busy life. It’s difficult to think highly of yourself when there are so many things you normally worry about. And normally, if you don’t engage in some positive thinking about yourself every now and again, you notice your self-esteem starting to wane. When that happens, a low opinion of yourself can affect many aspects of your daily life.
On the other hand, it’s difficult to balance having a good opinion of yourself without seeming self-obsessed or egotistical. However, you can teach yourself several mental habits that help you start thinking better about the way you look and the things you do.
It’s not all about a positive outlook on life; you also need to remind yourself why you’re worth other people’s love and affection. Luckily, practicing high self-esteem is just like exercise – the more you do it, the easier it gets. Take a look at some of the top thoughts that people with high self-esteem have often, and try integrating them into your own daily life as well.
Here Are 6 Positive Phrases That Boost Your Self-Esteem
1. “I am not the things I don’t own …”
In today’s capitalist-driven culture, it’s very easy to build your identity around objects. Of course, if you have these things, it’s absolutely fine to enjoy them. But you’re not the things you don’t have. You’re not your lack of relationship, your lack of a fancy car, or your lack of a high-paying job.
Material things are very fleeting. Money runs out, technology is broken, relationships end. So, it’s best if you don’t attach your identity to them because once they’re gone, you’ll feel lost and like you have nothing to help you define yourself (which isn’t true). Instead, invest in a hobby or a skill. Better yet, strive to get what you really want and what you know will make you happy for a long time.
2. “I am grateful for what I have …”
When things are going well, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself and forget how you got there in the first place. But never forget how you felt when you were struggling. Never forget to be grateful for what you have. Gratitude is a healthy practice to get into. It’s one of the defining characteristics of people with high self-esteem. Don’t just think how grateful you are, express your gratitude in all sorts of ways – and you’ll see even more good things coming your way.
3. “I am interested in myself …”
People who have a high sense of self-worth don’t just want other people to be interested in them, but they’re also interested in themselves. They keep a diary and go back to reread it regularly because it shows a part of them that they once cherished enough to put to paper. Follow that mindset to raise your own opinion of yourself.
That also encourages you to take better care of yourself and your mind. Find ways to explore the parts of yourself that you might have been afraid of beforehand. You’ll be surprised at what good things you’ll find.
“Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.” – Jack Canfield
4. “I don’t put up with mistreatment from others …”
A sign of having high confidence is that you value yourself. That means you don’t let other people bring you down with their actions. To foster high self-esteem, take a good hard look at the relationships you have. If your friends are bringing you down and are being overly critical, remind yourself that you don’t need those attitudes in your life. If your relationship is toxic, end it.
The sooner you surround yourself with positivity, the quicker you’ll learn to be more forgiving and kind to yourself.
5. “I am aware of my response to certain stressful situations …”
For people with high self-esteem, it’s not about what’s happening, yet it is about how they respond and think about the situations they find themselves in. A good habit to get into is to remind yourself that no one but you controls your reactions and to not get stuck in the victim mindset.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself or focus on what’s wrong; rather, focus on how you can make it right. Move forward with positive thoughts and you’ll feel much better about your life altogether.
6. “I don’t take myself too seriously …”
A good sense of humor is essential in overcoming some of the biggest challenges in life. If you look at everything with a smile, few things will be able to bring you down.
Laugh at your failures and mistakes, and when you smile often, the positivity will translate into your way of thinking, too. Learn to take jokes with a laugh rather than offense and you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.
These are just a few thoughts you can integrate into your daily life to raise your self-esteem. Don’t forget that sometimes the mind is more powerful than matter and the way you think can influence every part of your everyday life.
Positive thinking about yourself affects every aspect of you. When you take conscious steps towards raising your self-confidence, you’ll find that even doing things you normally dislike will be easier. Just make sure to retain your humility and sense of humor, too – they keep you from growing a big ego!