Our beliefs have a strong effect on our self-esteem, which is the ‘picture’ we carry around about ourselves in our minds. Self-esteem is to do with identity, feelings of self-worth and values and relationships with others. If we receive positive messages, then we are likely to have higher self-esteem, and it therefore follows that if we receive negative messages, whether true or not, then we will develop low self-esteem.
Those with low self-esteem react to change negatively, suffering anxiety and stress, believing that they are unlucky and wondering why bad things are always happening to them. Those with high self-esteem will welcome change and see it as an opportunity to enhance their lives and an exciting challenge to take on.
High self-esteem increases self-assurance, happiness and wellbeing and is the key to successful achievement, contentment and happiness. In order to increase our self-esteem we have to become self-aware and believe in ourselves.
The subconscious mind comes into play here. When we are good at something we excel in it and confidence flows. When we think we are not good at something then we just don’t do it well.