Last post we explored some of the ways to protect your self-esteem. Now let me offer you a 30- or 60-day game plan to jump start it to a better level. The plan includes looking at negative programming that could be lowering your self-esteem, recognizing erroneous beliefs that could lower your opinion of yourself, and exposing yourself to positive programming that helps raise your esteem.
The most important habit you can create is spending daily self-development time each morning, before you go out into the world. Practice at least 20 minutes daily, to set your attitude and create intention for the day. You will then attract people and circumstances in alignment with who you want to become. During this time you want to read, watch, and listen to stimulus that empowers you.
The next important habit is a “cool down” period before bed. Don’t let the last influence you get be the late news or a slasher movie. And the last thing you see before sleep should NOT be your smart phone. (Best prosperity tip I’ll ever give you: charge your phone overnight, turned off, in a different room from where you sleep.) Keep a spiritual or inspiration book on your nightstand. Then take at least five or ten minutes to read something positive before sleep. This will work on your mind all night as you sleep.
As far as the specific content, let me give you some suggestions:
Start every morning with affirmations. Speak them out loud with intention and emotion. Do them while you’re still in bed, or looking at yourself in the mirror. You may feel foolish at first; at least I did. But after getting over that self-consciousness – which, by the way, is totally a sign of low self-esteem – I swear by this habit. To give you an idea of the kinds of affirmations we’re talking about, let me share some of my favorites:
You are welcome to use them verbatim, or develop ones of your own. (And if you already have some great ones, please share with the community here in the comments below.)
Read (Or Reread.) Why You’re DUMB, SICK & BROKE and How to Get SMART, HEALTHY & RICH. To break a lifelong pattern, you must realize what limiting beliefs you’re currently programmed with and where you probably developed them. And after that, you need to start recognizing the limiting beliefs and self-sabotage programming you are still being exposed to on a daily basis.
Read (Or Reread.) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. This will help you become conscious of what often happens when people choose greatness, and how society reacts against them.
Read (Or reread.) Accept Your Abundance. This is the first book in my 5-book prosperity series. It will help you realize that you are worthy, and deserve to be healthy, happy and prosperous.
Subscribe to my Prosperity TV channel. That way you will start every week with an episode to empower you. And it’s free.
Read (Or reread.) The Go-Giver and The Go-Giver Influencer from Bob Burg and John David Mann. This is so you have an understanding of what healthy giving and service is, not the needy, dysfunctional kind.
Pre-order The 5 AM Club, the upcoming book from Robin Sharma. He’ll give you abundant inspiration, and great tips to build healthy habits and your confidence.
Subscribe to my Power Prosperity Podcast. You’ll get audio versions of my YouTube shows, so you can listen while working out, driving, on planes, or while you’re walking the ferret. At least once a week, I create exclusive content for subscribers. Definitely a strong esteem booster and it’s also free. Speaking humbly, I can assure you it is the best podcast ever produced since the earth’s crust cooled.
Finally, do a “people inventory.” Make a list of the ten people you spend the most time with. Include those you work with, live with, or are married to. At least six of the ten must be people who encourage you to be better, not those that tear you down. If you don’t have at least six, it’s time to start making upgrades for some newer models.
You up for all this? You willing to do the work and really commit to raising your self-esteem? Got any other suggestions? Please share below.