Growing up, I didn’t have much for self esteem. People wouldn’t know it, as I hid it well. But, behind closed doors the way I talked to myself, the thoughts I held for myself were absolutely brutal. Having low self esteem transcended into negative thoughts and actions that would reinforce how I felt about myself and my abilities. It was a vicious cycle to say the least.
Since meditating nearly a year and a half ago, I have been on a journey of self care, of learning about the power of nonjudgmental thoughts and living mindfully. Even though I feel I have come a long way in quieting that negative self talk, I find I still question myself at times. Perhaps it is that I don’t trust my intuition. Perhaps it is that inner voice still fighting for my attention. Either way, I am ready to build more confidence.
While listening, Dorothy gave me a few ideas of how to build confidence. These include being mindful of what I say to and think of myself, making an ongoing list of what allows me to feel good and speaking my truth. I will include both physical attributes and intellectual ability, such as character strengths in this ongoing list. I will speak my truth and remind myself of my worthiness. And, most importantly, I will be mindful of that inner voice and counteract any negativity with kind and encouraging thoughts. I will continue on having an attitude of gratitude as I have seen and felt great improvement in my overall happiness.
By seeing and acknowledging good, I will increase my confidence. By writing down a list of positive attributes about myself, I can go back and look through this list when I need encouragement. By being more mindful, I can counteract any negative self talk. Thank you, Dorothy! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
***If anyone is having difficulty with self esteem and self confidence, I highly recommend listening to this life coaching wisdom session from Dorothy.