Improving Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the way you feel about yourself. It is your self-worth. Your self-esteem affects everything you do. When you have positive self-esteem, you think of yourself as a lovable and important person. However, when you have negative self-esteem, you think of yourself as an unworthy, unimportant person. We cannot reach our true potential having a negative self-esteem. Therefore, it is important to develop ways to improve your self-esteem. Some ways to develop a positive self-esteem are suggested below.


  • Avoid judging yourself or comparing yourself to others.
  • Understand that nobody is perfect and that it is o.k. to make mistakes.
  • Counteract negative self-talk with positive self-talk.
  • Set goals for yourself.
  • Know your fears and work on overcoming them.
  • Don’t let doubt keep you from taking on challenges.
  • Take risks.
  • Create a positive belief system.
  • Improve your communication skills.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Be assertive.
  • Participate in enjoyable activities.

For further assistance with self-esteem and related issues contact the University Counseling Center at 448-4080.