Perhaps you picture a quiet individual who struggles to contribute to a discussion when you think of someone with poor self-esteem. Perhaps you recall a buddy who constantly criticises their looks – the question, “Do I look too fat?” may come to mind. Low self-esteem, on the other hand, isn’t as clear as these instances, and how it affects an individual and their life can be quite different.
Low self-esteem is a concern for a variety of reasons, but one of the most significant is that it can be quite visible. Low self-esteem is immediately noticeable, and regrettably, co-workers, managers, and customers make negative conclusions about individuals who display low self-esteem tendencies. There’s a common misconception that poor self-esteem is linked to incompetence and disinterest.
According to studies, at least 85% or more of the world’s population suffers from low self-esteem (World Health Organisation, 2020). Although it may appear that such issues are solely experienced by the poor, uneducated, or members of society from lower socioeconomic groups, people from all walks of life might face situational or more widespread challenges with their self-esteem.
Low self-esteem is typically the most significant impediment to success, especially for those who already have a lot of money and education. Even if you’re a generally pleasant and sensible person, how you see yourself can have an impact on those around you. The phenomenon known as “emotional contagion” occurs when one person’s emotions and related behaviours directly cause comparable behaviours in others. It’s easy for unpleasant feelings to spread in a firm where you need to work closely with your employees.
People with low self-esteem frequently draw negative inferences about themselves and create scenarios in their heads that are driven by a sense of worthlessness. As a result, people may be unable to properly articulate their true needs. And thus, sets in motion a vicious cycle in which one descends into a pit of negativity, fatigue, and unable to attain goals.
How we can increase our self-esteem:
The good news is that by focusing, we can rewire our brain. Our worries and limiting beliefs won’t go away completely, but they will lose their power over our daily thoughts and behaviours with time. More positive thinking and self-talk can be aided by practising mindfulness and creating new connections, as well as chanting positive mantras on a regular basis. Part of our self-esteem stems from our belief and confidence in our capacity to build business relationships both now and in the future. Entrepreneurs have a natural sense of adventure and curiosity, and they should appreciate the opportunity to do new things every day to broaden their horizons. Our immediate fate is not always in our hands. We can only commit to doing our best in whatever entrepreneurial context we find ourselves in. We can also ensure that we develop good ties with successful company leaders before we require their advice.
“To value something goes beyond regarding or feeling that it is significant; you also appreciate its qualities, while dedicating time, energy, effort, and sacrifice in its maintenance.” (Dr. Stosny- author of several books on improving relationships). Invest in preserving self-worth to maintain it. It’s usual for entrepreneurs to put their own needs last, but this is crucial for your overall success and well-being! Consider yourself as that luxury vehicle: if you’ve invested in those wheels, you’ll do everything you can to keep them in good shape, right?
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”Marilyn Monroe
Toni is an Administrative Personal Assistant and Business Executive, who loves travelling, health and beauty, lifestyle and business. She regularly spends her time multitasking.