Low self-esteem can be deeply rooted, with origins in traumatic childhood experiences such as prolonged separation from parents, neglect, or emotional, and most of the time sexual abuse. Later on in life, self-esteem can be undermined by ill health, negative life events such as losing a job or getting divorced, deficient or frustrating relationships, and a general sense of lack of control. This sense of lack of control may be specially marked in victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or victims of discrimination on the grounds of religion, culture, race, sex, or sexual orientation.
One of the keys to building self-esteem is by eliminating self-criticism and introduce self-compassion. Unfortunately, when our self-esteem is low, we are likely to destroy it even further by criticizing ourselves. Since our goal is to elevate our self-esteem, we need to substitute self-criticism. The appropriate things to do in these types of situations or circumstances is to focus your mind on what makes you happy and entertain those thoughts until those thoughts are put to action. Once you find yourself doing that by which you are compassionate about doing, concentrate on that until you’ve fully processed and completed that task or objective.
Once that is done, then you can analyze that which you’ve completed, rather it is a logo you designed or a poem that you’ve written. Once you’ve done that, then you can begin on the next task. This process will create the confidence and the bond between yourself and your potential which will elevate self-confidence which will result in the rise of self-esteem.
-Brotherhood of Sincerity