Keep it real about self-esteem

The Baggage Reclaim Sessions podcast is back from its Christmas and New Year break! In this week’s episode, I demystify the term “self-esteem.” I also explain why we should not over-manage and over-complicate our efforts to improve the way we feel about ourselves.

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5 key topics in this episode

  • We have negative associations with healthy self-esteem because we are afraid of looking narcissistic, selfish, or as if we are having ideas above our position.
  • Self-esteem is the sum of the thoughts that feed you and the way you treat yourself. Your self-esteem reflects the degree to which you are genuinely living yours life. By allowing yourself to become more who you really are, including having healthier boundaries, you will make more sense of yourself. In fact, boundaries are an expression of your self-esteem.
  • Self-esteem means acknowledging all of you, not just your shortcomings (or one or more things that you overestimate at the expense of seeing yourself as a whole person). Having flaws doesn’t set you apart from anyone else on the planet. We all have them. However, you may have defects and also still strive to be treated with love, care, trust, and respect.
  • We discover who we are by discovering who we are not. If we do not let ourselves evolve, gain discernment from our experiences, become more who we really are, we will not feel good or trust ourselves.
  • Hovering your cursor over your self-esteem to control your “progress” will only end up making you feel bad about yourself. Dealing with love, care, trust and respect is one lifestyle and one habit. Small steps every day. Some days, some weeks, will be better than others, but if you leave with the intention of taking into account your way of thinking and treating yourself, you will experience the cumulative effect of this intentional investment.

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