Building Self-Esteem in Difficult Times – our ebook

building self esteem in difficult times

Each chapter of our ebook 10 Key Steps to Building Self-Esteem in Difficult Times is one of 10 key points to building self-esteem, including taking care of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life. If you follow these steps and really put them to work, you will discover an amazing transformation toward a life of self-esteem.

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Esteem and Curiosity – Open-hearted Awareness

Shift into Freedom Loch KellyHopefully you belong to the group of people who walk through life with open eyes, open ears and open heart.

Curiosity leads us to live like this.  Being curious in a normal manner makes us open to our surroundings, our fellow men and our whole world. We take care when we are curious.

Without question curiosity is an important part of esteem because it opens us toward the people around us.

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Esteem for pianists

Nadia Reisenberg: A Musician's ScrapbookSome pianists attract a lot of attention for their ability to perform classical music. There are other pianists who use their great skill as teachers.

They have often a hidden influence in the music world by teaching the next superstar pianists.

Nadia Reisenberg was one of them.  She was a piano soloist with the New York Philharmonic during the 1940’s and was often heard in concert and on radio broadcasts.

She was also known as a respected teacher to her peers.  Thanks to a four-CD set covering the music of Chopin received renewed attention.

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What kind of esteem do we give? About the Selfless Self

Selfless Self Ramakant MaharajWe can ask ourselves if we give esteem with a certain purpose.  Do we have ulterior motives when we give esteem to somebody?

We might hope that our acknowledgement of somebody yields an benefit of some kind for us.  In this case it isn’t esteem we give, instead it’s a calculating act.

Another intention to give esteem could be that we expect being acknowledged ourselves.

We are, in effect, making clear that we are the ones deserving esteem.

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How to develop open-mindedness

Power of Perception Umphlett openmindedWe encounter open-mindedness when we meet people free of prejudice, and who are tolerant, curious of life and modern thinking.

One of the best descriptions of open-mindedness is that it’s a state of being ready to accept new ideas.  Being open-minded means being interested in other people, other cultures and other ideas.

How can we develop this precious character trait which obviously can make it easier for us to live esteem in our life?

To develop open-mindedness we can exercise tolerance toward ourselves and toward others.  We can expose ourselves to foreign cultures, other ideas – or in other words to everything which at first glance seems strange to us.

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Esteem for Felix Mendelssohn’s music

Mendelssohn: A Life in MusicAs we give esteem toward people, we can give esteem toward cultures, organizations or art.

The beauty of classical music is immediate for some, but for others it takes time to discover.

Once discovered it’s easy to give esteem toward classical music because often it touches the very soul of the listener.

I was reminded of my esteem for this art when an important moment in classical music history happened.

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Esteem for Enneagram – Steps to self-knowledge

The Complete Enneagram

As follow-up to my post Self-esteem and self-handicapping I like to add some thoughts about the positive counterpart of self-handicapping. It’s about self-knowledge.

One of the most impressive systems that tries to explain personality traits and helping to find self-knowledge – I even don’t know if I can call it system – is the Enneagram of Personality or just simply called Enneagram.

It understands the human psyche as typology of 9 interconnected personality types.

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Esteem for Selma Lagerlof

Selma Lagerlof wonderful adventures of NilsIt is really not very difficult to me to give esteem to the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf as her name is written rightly. I grew up with her books back in Switzerland, some of them were even read in school.

Selma Lagerlöf was also the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909. What an honor and esteem given to her in a time where women weren’t esteemed for their work publicly!

She received the Nobel Prize of Literature in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings.

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Esteem for the Biodiversity on our planet Earth

Biodiversity Gaston SpicerArizona State University’s International Institute for Species Exploration announces a top 10 new species list each year as part of its public awareness campaign to bring attention to biodiversity.

The day of the announcement is not an accident. Every year it is made on or near May 23 to honor Linnaeus, the initiator of the modern system for naming plants and animals.

Almost 2 million species have been named and classified. Scientists estimate though that there are 10-12 million living species on our planet Earth, not included the unknown millions of microbes.

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Physical Activity influences Life Satisfaction

Core 4 of Wellness Nanavati

Coming back to my earlier post about Physical Activity influencing Life Satisfaction I’d like to add this recommendation for a book that’s not so long out there, but has already a great influence on people’s mind and thinking about how physical activity can influence happiness and life satisfaction.

If I need to give one short answer to the question if body exercise helps you being more happy and balanced in life, it would be this: Yes!

But there is much more to it. I found this great book and like to introduce it to you.

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Self-esteem means self-responsibility

Dyer Change your thoughts self-responsibilityBlaming others for low self-esteem is like handing over control of ourselves.

Adult human beings are autonomic, independent and ultimately self-responsible.  Nobody else is living our life.

As it’s taken for granted that we accept our responsibility when we encounter success and happiness we should do the same when we encounter frustration or misfortune.

Our self-esteem is influenced by our response to both success and misfortune.  Only this – our answer – is to blame for low self-esteem.

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