We’ve all had those days when we just wake up, and we don’t feel good about ourselves. Maybe it’s your hair, maybe it’s your clothes. Maybe it’s your weight. Or maybe it’s something less physical, like your ability or your strength. Whatever it is, or combination thereof, it’s taken a hit.
You stopped believing you were great.
Where did this self-esteem deficit come from?
It’s different for everyone. And the list is so long. From trying and failing. From feeling overwhelmed. From taking on too much. From comparing ourselves to others. From our culture and our society. From our anxiety and depression. From listening to other people. From letting the negative energy in.
I want to clear the air: no amount of material goods can cure you of a lack of self-esteem. You can buy all the make-up, clothes, electronics, and whatever else you desire. There is no expensive luxury item that can fill that void. There is nothing you can buy.
We tend to go there though. We feel bad so we go shopping. We feel bad so we get our hair done. We feel bad so we hide behind some $50 eyeliner. It can’t fix you. It can definitely give you a boost. It can for sure make you feel good in the moment. But it can’t fix you. And here’s why:
The real problem is inside. A lack of self-esteem truly stems from one thing and one thing only, and it’s this thought:
“I’m not good enough”.
I’m not saying that well-off men and women all suffer from a lack of self-esteem. But if you don’t feel good about yourself unless you have those material things to hide behind, then you’re hurting.
You don’t need to have the best of everything and fit into a size zero to be good enough. You don’t have to spend half your paycheque at Sephora, or almost kill yourself on the treadmill to be good enough. You are good enough. Just as you are.
Once you believe that, once you believe that you are enough, no matter what the scale says, or your crazy hair day says, or your especially hectic and overwhelming day says, then you have self-esteem.
Getting there, unfortunately, doesn’t just happen. I wish it did.
I wish we could just sit in a chair and “dig really deep!” and find that self esteem that we’ve been missing. But like all other good things in life, it takes work. But it’s worth it.
Self-esteem is something you grow. You nurture it and give yourself the love you need.
Take on small challenges and own them. Try something new. Do something you didn’t know you could. That builds self-esteem.
Stop taking people’s shit. Be impermeable to the negative energy from others. Do what’s best for you. That builds self-esteem.
Look in the mirror and say “I love you no matter what”. This is your body, and it’s the only one you have, so cherish it. Know that you are so much MORE than a body. You’re a mind. You have things to offer. Begin to believe that you are good enough. That builds self-esteem.
When all else fails, put out into the Universe what you desire most. Tell someone you love their sense of humor. Highlight someone’s strength. Let a friend know how much you appreciate them. Make someone else feel good, and wait for the Universe to deliver that energy back to you.
My sister sent me a message yesterday to tell me how much she appreciates my love and support. It meant everything to me. I thought to myself “yes! I did something right. I’m a good sister”. That built up my self-esteem. Highlighting something I’m good at.
I want to end this post by letting you know that you are a miracle. The chances of you being born were so slim, you are inherently a miracle on this earth. Inside of you is boundless potential. And you can do anything., granted you put all of your passion and hardwork into it. No one can live this life the exact same way you will. You will affect others, you are special.
Please don’t forget that!
5 responses to “Self-Esteem is Work (and it’s worth it)!”
I needed this! Thank you!
Thank you xxx
This is such a great post. There is so much I can draw from this. Maybe, I’ll just read it over and over and over again
You are totally right. I can buy all the make up in the world, I can diet and dye my hair but it doesn’t do a thing for my self esteem. Every time I feel confident about one thing there will be 3 other flaws to upset me.
I can’t stop the thoughts telling me I’m not good enough, but they are the reason I’m not confident. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as not having the right eyeliner lol
Love this post, I’ve just been binge reading all of your posts!!
Btw I’ve tagged you to do my Christmas tag which goes up at 5pm gmt tonight, hope you do it! xo