Knowing yourself is the foundation of self-esteem, self
confidence and personal development. Man has been
seeking himself since the days of the Oracle of Delphi.
"Know yourself" said the Oracle, but she spoke in riddles
and the men who had come a long way to get a simple
answer from her wise lips went away even more confused.
Yes, it isn't easy to really understand a human being. And, to
understand others, we need first of all to understand ourselves
and to gain self-esteem and confidence.
How can we do this? There are ways to work on this and we can
do it in the comfort of our home if we don't want to attend
evening courses in self confidence and self-esteem and meet
others in similar situations.
* Write down your positive achievements, all that you can
remember; educations, jobs, loves and relationships (even if they
ended, you still achieved them), friendships, children, driving
licence... Look at what you already have and realize you have
done rather well.
* Write down good things that others have said about you. Read
through old documents from former employers or teachers that
state all your strong sides. Maybe you forgot you had them?
* Make plans. Ask yourself what can be done. What can you
change to make things better? Write down precise goals and
write a step-by-step plan on how you intend to achieve your goals.
*Decision. Make a decision that tomorrow you will start dealing
with the first step of your plan.
When you read what you have written you will realize that you
have grown and developed over the years. That also means that
you can grow and develop further.
Ingela Berger started her own Internet business Lifestyle Plans [http://www.lifestyleplans.com] in 2003 out of a desire to inspire and encourage others to make reality of their dreams of a personal, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Ingela has studied theatre directing, acting, history of art, history of ideas, health communication and leadership psychology. After some years working with art exhibitions and the theatre she went back to college and is now a health and lifestyle consultant.
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