Each person has an image of themselves in mind. That image could be close to how that person actually is, but in most cases, is a distortion of reality. Some people see themselves as better than they are in real life and vice versa. The self-image also enables a person to observe what their strengths and weaknesses are. Most of the ideas embedded in that mental picture of oneself are based on the interactions that person has with the people around them.
Perhaps the most drastic effect of this mental image is on a person’s self-esteem. Self-esteem is a person’s judgment of their value and worth in the eyes of others. It compels the person to think about themselves in the same vain they feel others think about them. For people who are loved and valued by others, having a healthy self-esteem is natural. However, low self-esteem, on the other hand, is a major hurdle in life which some people find difficult to overcome.
Importance of Self-Esteem
As an entrepreneur, self-esteem is an important part of your makeup. If you don’t think much of yourself, how can you expect to take your business to the next level? Starting off a business is quite easy. All you need to do is have a dream and find the money to back that dream. It is when you have started running the business and are crunching numbers to measure profitability all the time that you realize how difficult it would be to achieve success.
This is where self-esteem plays a crucial role. Without high self-esteem, you will not aspire for personal or professional growth and your business would stagnate, staying at the same level for an extended period of time. Setting and achieving goals breeds self-esteem and you grow as a person and as an entrepreneur. It gives you the motivation you need to strive towards bigger goals. If you don’t have healthy self-esteem, you will lose all motivation to work towards your goals.
Not all entrepreneurs are made equal. If you feel that you are not up to the level of others in the same position as you, it is time you start working on developing your self-esteem. It would definitely help you drive your business towards success. Moreover, you would be able to communicate in a better way with clients and employees. You can gain this and much more by working to enhance your self-esteem.
How to Manifest Self-Esteem and Use it for Your Business’ Success
Thankfully, there are many ways in which you can manifest your self-esteem. Here are 4 of the most effective ones.
- Realize That No One Is Perfect
While it has become a cliché over time, the phrase ‘no one is perfect’ is true. Every person has a weak spot, an Achilles heel. So, you don’t need to put yourself down just because you are not perfect. Rather than working towards ‘perfection’, so others would start appreciating you, strive for the goals you have set. This is something you have to convince yourself about. Once you realize no one is perfect, you will be able to accept your shortcomings and improve your self-esteem.
- Mistakes Are Opportunities for Learning
Like no one is perfect, everybody occasionally makes mistakes. You shouldn’t sit and brood over any bad decision you have made or a task which you haven’t performed adequately. Instead, you should take valuable lessons from the mistakes and realize what you did wrong, so you can do it better next time. That way, you are less likely to repeat that mistake in the future. Considering mistakes as learning opportunities is also a way you can improve your self-esteem.
- Focus on the Positives
There are many people whose favorite topic for conversation is the problems they are facing in their personal and professional lives. This shows that the person’s mindset is negative and that is not good for your self-esteem. If you are constantly focusing on the negative aspects of your business, your self-esteem is going to take a hit. What you can do is think about the positives, for instance the growth you have seen over the past year or the improved productivity of your employees. Focus on the positive progress you make and feel good about it.
- Stop Thinking, Start Working
The best way to beat low self-esteem is by being active and productive. Your time is better spent doing something, regardless of how small or unimportant the task might seem, than thinking of how incompetent you are. It is with each accomplishment and achievement that your self-esteem would grow. That is only possible if you continue to work and complete the tasks you are responsible for. Allow yourself a five-minute pity party and then put your big girl/boy pants on and get busy.
Every entrepreneur has a particular weakness. If low self-esteem is yours, then you need to find a way to get over it and increase your self-esteem. This is because self-esteem can be a major hindrance to your personal and professional development. So, heed the advice and work towards improving your own view of yourself. That is what matters and the way you can take your business to the next level. When you increase self-esteem you will increase your revenue.
“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”
– Michael Jordan
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