Topic 3 Taking the next step: setting a personal goal

While it can take time to build up a solid sense of self-esteem, it’s possible to kickstart the process:

Think hard about the root cause(s) of your insecurities: the first step is to learn about them. Identifying the events that led to a low sense of self-worth can provide valuable information for challenging these negative beliefs.

Use the exercise notes that you completed for “Negative Self-Talk” to help you identify negative thoughts and begin to replace them with positive traits that you have.

Be kind to yourself. If you find yourself being excessively negative to yourself, stop and consider how you would feel if someone said those things about a close friend or family member. Extend the same compassion you’d give a friend or family member to yourself.

Make a plan. Set achievable and realistic short-term goals for yourself to complete in the next week or so. Achieving something, no matter how small, can be an excellent boost to your motivation and self-confidence.

Celebrate your success. When you accomplish a goal or complete a challenge – mark the achievement with a celebration. Taking the time to appreciate your success and enjoy the moment can give you the inspiration you need to continue your journey to healthier self-esteem.