Do you struggle with self-esteem issues?
You are not alone. According to a recent report, almost 8 out of 10 women admit to struggling with self-esteem issues.
Miriam Webster defines self-esteem as confidence and satisfaction in one-self.
Self-esteem is your perception of what you think and how you feel about yourself.
If you have healthy self-esteem, you are like yourself and feel good about yourself. Those with low self-esteem struggle with loving and accepting themselves. (Get Your FREE self-Esteem Assessment here)
Low self-esteem often contributes to feelings of unworthiness and destructive behaviors. These include addictions, alcoholism, poor relationships, self-sabotage, and comparisons.
If you are struggling with low self-esteem, there is hope. You can break the cycle, begin the journey to feel better about yourself, and have inner peace today!
What does Low Self-esteem Look Like?
For as long as Shannon can remember, she’s always felt something was wrong with her. She had this unsettledness in her soul that made her feel like she didn’t belong anywhere. Shannon felt terribly inadequate, and a constant script, I hate myself was on replay in the back of her mind. Instead of joy, peace, and happiness, she seemed caught in a perpetual cycle of disappointments, trying harder, only to fail again.
The constant striving left her feeling like a victim who cannot meet any of life’s challenges.
Maybe like Shannon, you, too, only see your shortcomings and failures. Do you feel like you must earn any positive feelings toward yourself? Is your sense of worth based on your accomplishments, relationships, body image, bank account, or the type of car you drive?
Stay here with me … there is nothing wrong with accomplishments and hard work.
The problem arises when we allow them to define our worth and self-esteem. This can put us on the never-ending cycle of striving, making comparisons, proving our worth, and devaluing ourselves. Because we never seem to cross the finish line, we judge ourselves as not good enough, increasing our sense of unworthiness.
How can you feel better about yourself and have inner peace with this mindset?
Hang in there with me. There is hope!
How to Improve Your Self-esteem, Believe that You are Good Enough, and Have Peace Starting Today!
- STOP Criticizing Yourself
Everyone, including Christians, battles self-criticism at some point. But if you find yourself doing it more than usual, it could be a sign that you need to STOP and practice self-compassion.
The blueprint for relating to God and others begins with loving and accepting ourselves. So, forgive yourself if you’ve made mistakes or forgot to do something. Remember that you deserve self-care and love, too, even when you mess up.
Determine today that you will no longer allow low self-worth to weigh you down.
Look up. You are blessed and beloved!
- Celebrate Your God-given Strengths, Skills, and Talents
Low self-worth skews your self-perception by only focusing on your weaknesses and blinds you to your God-given strengths and talents.
What strengths, talents, and skills has God given you? What patterns do you notice? Take a moment to reflect and write them in your journal.
Identify one of your talents. How have you used it in the last 6 months? Thank God for it and then decide to celebrate it meaningfully. You may consider meeting a friend for coffee, walking in nature, or going to the spa. Personally, I enjoy going for a walk in the park.
- Claim Your Identity in Christ
Because you are a child of God (1 John 3:1), you are significant, accepted, and worthy in Christ. You don’t need to earn or prove your worth. No evidence is required. God made you in His own image with dignity and for a purpose (Genesis 1:27).
The good news is you have everything you need in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:22-23).
You can know your worth and feel better about yourself by claiming your identity in Christ.
In Christ, you have the freedom to live your life as God created you. Inner peace is possible today.
Friend, Low Self Esteem Doesn’t Have to Stay.
Low self-esteem has become a permanent part of life for some people because they don’t realize they can live differently.
But I want you to experience the freedom that comes from ending the cycle of self-sabotage and feelings of unworthiness and taking back your life. That’s why I’ve written a short workbook to help you work through this very topic and claim your identity in Christ. Click here to get your Free copy today!
Father, thank you for loving me and helping me see myself as you see me, gratefully blessed and beloved. Thank you for realigning my thoughts and correcting my faulty perceptions. Thank you that in Christ I have everything I need. I bless you, Lord! Amen.
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