Some women are often confused about what it means to have low self-esteem especially teenagers! Although, this gist is for everyone, both male and female because I believe we have some men who have issues with self-esteem. Some think it has to do with the way you look or how popular you are with your friends or others. Others believe that having a great body will help you gain self-esteem, while others think you actually need to have accomplished something in order to have good self-esteem.
Boiled down to its simplicity, self-esteem simply means appreciating YOU for who you are ‘faults, foibles and all’. It seems like other cultures don’t grapple with self-esteem as much as Nigerians perhaps because of the emphasis we seem to put on materialistic indicators of self-worth (like what kind of car you drive, what school your kids attend, what your grades are, how well you can paint your face, how big a house you have, or what your title is at work).
The difference between someone with a healthy or good self-esteem and someone who doesn’t isn’t ability, per se. It’s simply acknowledgement of your strengths and weaknesses, and moving through the world safe in that knowledge.
People with a good and healthy self-esteem are able to feel good about themselves for who they are, appreciate their own worth, and take pride in their abilities and accomplishments. They also acknowledge that while they’re not perfect and have faults, those faults don’t play an overwhelming or irrationally large role in their lives or their own self-image (how you see yourself).
Which brings me to the question I’m often asked ‘how can I increase my self-esteem?’ Here’s how
- Take a Self-Esteem Inventory.
- See yourself in the light of God’s word.
- Do not be a spectator! Get involved.