Inner Growth Word of the Day: Self-esteem
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. a confidence and satisfaction in oneself.
Self-esteem in a sentence: Acquiring self-esteem is aided both by life and what it brings your way, as well as by those who raise you and are with you from infancy.
Self-esteem in action: Self-esteem is when someone doesn’t need anybody else’s opinion about them or their choices because they are confident in themselves and their decisions.
Self-esteem and inner growth: When you explore your self-esteem, you think about how you see yourself in such an in-depth way that this brings out a lot of thoughts and situations that you’ve lived and continue to live day after day. As these thoughts and life experiences come to the surface you also explore each individually, and this is where you learn so much about you (inside and out), which is also where inner growth takes place.
Self-esteem and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: When was the first time I thought about my self-esteem? How has my self-esteem affected my life? What life lessons have I acquired thanks to self-esteem? Why is self-esteem important (or not) to me? Who in my life has affected my self-esteem the most? Do others still affect my self-esteem somehow? How has self-esteem affected my relationships?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with self-esteem at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now create a second list with five words that represent the transformation your self-esteem has gone through in time. Write a bit about each of the five words using the words from your first list. Then pick one word or think of one word that represents the essence of the story of your self-esteem’s transformation.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about self-esteem and allow those feelings to flow throughout your body from head to toe. Notice if your emotions flow freely or sit in certain places more than others. As you do this visualize a river or stream and water flowing evenly throughout the river or stream. Now notice where your feelings are stemming from and then allow thoughts to come to mind and explore through your emotions the first thought that comes to mind.
Your turn – Share your self-esteem sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂