When we think of an authentic person we naturally think of someone who knows what they want out of life, someone who knows who they are and is confident in themselves. It then follows that such a person would have a relatively high level of self-esteem. Oxford dictionaries online defines self-esteem as:

 

 “Confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect”

In order to have a high level of self-respect it is important to have a strong moral code, operate with a lot of integrity and be very honest, as we discussed in last weeks posts. But self-esteem also relates to having confidence in your own worth and abilities – in believing in your value as a human being.

 

If you find you suffer from low self-esteem, take heart, it doesn’t have to be that way! Absolutely anyone can build their self-esteem up so that it is healthy with a little work. The three steps to improving your self-esteem are:

 

  1. Write down your positive qualities
  2. Create an activity diary
  3. Adjust negative core beliefs

 

If you would like to build up your self-esteem please read my Tiny Buddha article which breaks down these three steps and is titled ‘Learning to love yourself: 3 steps to instantly boost your self-esteem’.

 

Once you have a healthy level of self-esteem you are bound to find that living a more authentic life comes much more easily.