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The Power of Self-Esteem

“The strongest single factor in prosperity consciousness is self-esteem: believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it.” – Gerry Gillies 
Self-esteem simply means accepting and appreciating yourself for who you are. It means to be always a first rate of yourself instead of a second rate of somebody else. People with high self-esteem feel good about themselves and appreciate their own worth. At the same time, they acknowledge their weaknesses but they don’t allow those weaknesses to play an irrationally large role in their lives.
People with high self-esteem are happier than those with low self-worth. They are also more likely to take on difficult tasks and persevere in the face of failure. Therefore, they are more likely to succeed. The tragedy is that most people look for self-confidence and self-respect everywhere except within themselves and they fail dismally. So, self-esteem is about loving yourself irrespective of your biological features, race, skin colour, family background, religion, and how others feel about you. It’s looking at yourself beyond the so-called imperfections. To me, Veli Ndaba, the word perfection doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. This has made a lot of difference in my life ever since I took it out.
One quote says practice makes perfect. To me, practice makes improvement since perfection doesn’t exist. Remember, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Someone else’s beauty must not define mine.
The minute you accept yourself will be the beginning of peace of mind and freedom. God created you the way you are, so you are all that you are. Rollo May, behavioural scientist, once said that the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice but conformity. Fitting in is therefore the major killer of dreams. Fitting in shows a lack of self-esteem. Life is a combination of major and minor things. Self-esteem helps you identify major things, important things to focus on or else you end up majoring in minor things, be careful of this.
According to the laws of aerodynamics the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly because of its big body and very small and light wings, but it doesn’t know and even care about this, it just flies. We can learn a lot from this. Build your self-esteem and your life will flourish.
Veli Ndaba is a leadership and Insightful Speaker, Life-Coach and Neuro- Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author of two books (You Are Born to Win and Your Dream is Calling You), Newspaper Columnist and Entrepreneur. To book him to help you and your team unleash your greatness, contact him on veli@velindaba.co.za , www.velindaba.co.za and 083 304 9773

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