Struggling with low self esteem or self confidence? Self-esteem is defined as confidence in your worth or abilities. The degree to which we believe in ourselves and our abilities impacts our relationships with others, our level of achievement in life, and overall life satisfaction. Therefore, having a healthy level of self- esteem is essential for living the life you desire and deserve. The good news is you can take simple steps to boost your self esteem.

You can win the battle over low self esteem with these 5 simple steps…

1. Affirmations

Affirmations are simply positive things that you say out loud to yourself every day. This can be very difficult at times because you may not actually believe what you are saying. SO why would you say something to yourself that you don’t believe?

Increased self esteem has to start with you. So, if you are shy and intimidated by people, start to say something like the following: I am NOT shy and I am NOT intimidated by people. I am VERY confident when I get around people.

Repeat this to yourself out loud at least 10 times before you leave your room. When you say this, don’t just mumble it either, say it as many times as necessary until you say it with passion and conviction.

Positive affirmation to boost self esteem

2. Read to Grow

Again, increased self esteem starts with you. Read something everyday for at least 30 minutes that will help you increase your self esteem. This can be an article, a book, or even an audio series. The more you learn, the more you will grow. The more you grow, the more your self esteem will improve.

Read to boost your self esteem

3. Take Action Everyday to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Do something every day, starting with something small, that directly deals with your low self esteem. For instance, if you can’t talk with people because you feel insecure and inferior, just start off by saying ‘Hi’. As you get more comfortable with this, then start to make small talk. You will begin to feel more confident and more confident until one day, you will find that you have overcome low self-esteem in that area.

4. Stop the Negative Thoughts

You must learn to take your thoughts captive. Negative thoughts are like landmines. As soon as you step out to face your fear, a negative thought comes and tells you that you can’t do it and BOOM; you believe it and lose that round. Instead, diffuse negative thoughts before they have a chance to do damage.

A great way to do this is with a rubber band! Put a rubber band around your wrist. Every time a thought comes into your head that tells you that you can’t, you will never succeed, you are not good enough, or anything negative, SNAP the rubber band on your wrist.

You may be snapping that band until your wrist is red and sore. Before long though, you will stop the negative thoughts because you don’t want to hurt your wrist anymore

5. Replace Limiting Beliefs with God’s Truths

Last but not least, remember what God says about you. Whenever you begin to doubt yourself or negative thoughts bombard your mind, hold on to biblical truths about who you are and who God made you to be. For example, if you notice yourself believing the lie that you aren’t good enough, instead replace that with what God says about you. Psalms 139:14 (TPT) says “I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord!” So when you start to doubt your self-worth you can declare that “I am marvelously breathtaking!”

These five steps will help you boost your self esteem and become the person you really want to be. Just remember this: you are not going to change over night. It will take time but as long as you are progressing, you are winning the war. 

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