I seem to have lost count on how many times I've read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don't), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we will all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality.
There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite how trivial it could be. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self. So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you can think and improve, which should be enough for a week.
1. Know your purpose
Are you wandering through life with little direction - hoping that you'll find happiness, health, and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have the unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time. This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself to be in a tight or even dead end. But there's always that little loophole to turn things around and you can make a big difference to yourself.
2. Know your values
What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, and learning. Check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn't align with any of your top five values, you may want to reconsider it or revise it. The number shouldn't discourage you; instead, it should motivate you to do more than you can ever dream of.
3. Know your needs
Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Take care of yourself. Do you have a need to be acknowledged, to be right, to be in control, or to be loved? Many people drift through their lives without realizing their dreams and end up being stressed or even depressed for that matter. List your top four needs and get them met before it's too late!
4. Know your passions
You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt and lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but not derail your chance to become the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who have inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.
5. Live from the inside out
Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most of us, city slickers, it's hard to even find the peace and the quiet we want even in our own home. In my case, I often just sit in a dimly lit room and play some classical music. There's sound, yes, but music does soothe my inner savage beast.
6. Honor your strengths
What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three - if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, or good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence if you share what you know to others.
7. Serve others
When you live an authentic life, you may find that you can develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose and giving of your talents to the world around you, you will give back in service what you came to share with others - your spirit - your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding - much more if it is to be the heart of a stranger who appreciates what you have done to them.
Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that is worth doing. It shouldn't always be within the confines of an office building, or the four corners of your room. The difference lies within ourselves and how much we want to change for the better.