Find Your Pretty with Dawn
“You are beautiful! You are pretty!” I used to say this to myself over and over again in hopes of building my self-confidence. Growing up, I allowed what other people thought of me to rob me of my self-esteem and sense of beauty. As I got older, I started to notice how my low self-esteem was preventing me from fully enjoying life. On a perfectly hot day while everyone else was wearing bikinis, shorts and sundresses, my perfectly well-proportioned little frame was burning up in a leather jacket down to my knees, One day I realized I couldn’t ignore the issue anymore. My low self-esteem was getting the best of me and I had to address it. I began to do research and I learned that one of the best ways to work on my confidence was to take better care of myself.
Beauty is about how you feel on the inside. One of the ways I became more confident and diminished the signs of low self-esteem was setting goals and achieving them. Setting a goal and achieving it can be the biggest ego booster of all. It’s something no one can take away from you and the confidence you feel when you accomplish it is priceless. People often make the mistake of shooting for the moon, and then when they fail, they get discouraged. Instead, shoot for something much more achievable. Set a goal you know you can achieve, and then achieve it. You will feel good about it and it will encourage you to set another goal and achieve that goal. The more you achieve a goal, the better you’ll be at it, and the better you will feel.
Next take a solo trip. Most people wouldn’t think of taking a trip to someplace exciting alone. Go somewhere where there is a lot to do and do it. Have fun with yourself, shop eat, relax be pampered and act like a star. A solo trip is a great way to boost your self esteem. No one is going to treat you better than you.
Journaling is another way I learned to build my self-esteem. It helps you get to know you. Sometimes we care about what everyone else thinks and we never really know how we truly feel. When you’re trying to overcome a negative self-image and replace it with self-confidence, your biggest enemy is yourself. Get to know you. Start listening to your thoughts and writing in a journal. You will begin to learn good things about yourself, the things you can do well, and the things you like. You may even find what you thought were limitations, are really limitations you’ve allowed to be placed there. Dig deep within yourself and you’ll come out with even greater self-worth.