Appreciate yourself and build up your self esteem
Do you ever feel underappreciated, as if nobody understands how hard you work and how much you try. I always say to praise often and tell people that you appreciate them. There are times, however, when nobody seems to be applying that advice back towards us, when nobody seems to be appreciating us.
At times like these, it's important to stop what you are doing and pat yourself on the back. Take a few moments to reflect on what you've been doing and on the nature of your intentions and actions. Mentally review your own accomplishments.
As simple as this sounds, it really helps. I've done this many times, and have found that it puts things in perspective. Sometimes it reminds me how busy I have become, which gives me compassion for everyone else who is busy too. It helps me recognize why people sometimes forget or are unable to be appreciative- they are absorbed in their own work and their own lives.
Sometimes we get going so fast that we forget to pause and reflect. When we take a moment, however, we can regain our perspective and realize that we are making a valuable contribution to ourselves, our families, the people we work etc. Recognizing your contribution from within yourself is actually more powerful and satisfying than hearing it from others. In fact, in order to feel good about yourself and your efforts, you must be able to compliment yourself and recognize your own self worth.
Everyone loves to be patted on the back by others. It feels good. However, when it's not happening, don't let it get you down or negatively affect your attitude. Praise from others is never a certainty, and you should never make it a condition of your own happiness. Praise yourself, pat yourself on the back- It's OK!!!! If you are making life a little better for even one person, if you are doing a good job, say so. You deserve to be recognized and it's a huge self esteem booster.
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