New year, new you ... While we may all have set some personal goals, making them happen is the next step.
Samara Cloete of Boston Online Home Education says that building self-esteem is the first step in achieving goals and striving for success.
For many of us, our self-esteem has taken a beating. And even more so for school learners and varsity students whose lives have taken a radical turn in their experience of what should have been some of the best years of their lives.
Cloete says: “It’s important to reflect on all our achievements, as well as moments from which we need to learn, and not repeat mistakes. Focusing on your mistakes can erode your sense of self-worth, leaving you wondering if you have what it takes to achieve your goals and dreams.
“Self-esteem is how we view our abilities, worthiness or unworthiness. It influences what we think is possible for us to do, and even the life we lead.
“Luckily, self-esteem is not fixed. Like a muscle it can be exercised, developed and strengthened,” she says.
Cloete suggests the following 10 strategies to boost your self-esteem: