“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” –Buddha


Self-esteem problems can affect every facet of your life. Maybe you feel like you are not attractive. Maybe you feel like you are not intelligent. Maybe you feel like everyone around you is better, or feel like you are not good at anything. Maybe you feel like you fail at everything you set your mind to, or maybe you feel like you are unlovable.


Self-esteem problems can come from a number of different thought processes, but it is important not to let them get the best of you. The truth is that you have real and undeniable value simply in being who you are… though that is sometimes a difficult thing to see when all that is visible to you are your apparent shortcomings.


With that thought in mind, here are 3 methods for overcoming this problem. Adopting one or more of these methods may very well lead you to a place where you can kiss that low self-esteem goodbye and embrace more positive feelings for yourself!


1… Remember that everyone is a critic


If your self-esteem stems from what other people say, then remember that everyone is different… but that other people can tend to be very critical when the problem isn’t theirs! People enjoy belittling one-another for many different reasons, but the truth is that none of us are perfect. All of us are valuable, however, in our own ways... and that is what you need to keep in mind when people put you down with their words.


2… Work towards overcoming the reason for your low self-esteem


Why do you have a low opinion of yourself? If you can answer this question, then you will be another step closer to solving your problem. Once you identify what is making you insecure, you can then take steps to overcome it. Are you insecure about your weight? Start exercising and go on a diet! Do you feel like people don’t respect you? Read a book about earning respect and try to apply it to your life. Taking small steps toward resolving the problem can make a big difference in the long run.


3… Don’t be too hard on yourself


Remember that, at the end of the day, you are who you are and that there is no reason to be down on yourself. Everyone is trying to make themselves better, so you are not alone in your insecurities. Just live one day at a time, and try to give yourself some credit for the many good qualities that you possess.