Self-esteem has been define as confidence in one’s own worth or abilities. How much you believe in yourself will determine the level of your self-esteem, confidence, ability to approach galleries, enter art shows, and live as a full time artist.
I have a strong belief in myself; however, there are times when I wish the world would support me a little more. Now is it the world’s job to support me or my job to be proactive and belief in myself? There are no easy answers but the best answer is that the more I belief in myself the more people will come to my aid and support me in any endeavor I choose to do. I don’t give up if people don’t respond to what I am saying because I know that I can succeed at listening to my own voice and having other people listen to me.
Some people belief that if you take an appropriate risk and have a positive outcome then your self-esteem grows. The problem with this idea is that when you succeed you will feel great and when you think you failed you will feel bad and your self-esteem will decrease. So do you really want to base self-esteem on the outcome of a project when there are so many factors that go into success or a lesser out come then you want? This idea will cause you to have mood swings, can lead to less appropriate risk taking, and will prevent you from the success that you want.
How much you believe in yourself will determine your success in life. With more self-esteem you are more likely to take appropriate risk and to work through any anxiety you have in the process. Self-esteem or self-belief is healthy when it is based on your own thoughts about yourself; not on what other people belief and not on what the outcome of a project is but on an inner knowing that you have done your best, have learned from the experience, and can manage whatever happens in your life to the best of your ability. It is based on your beliefs about you and not an outside influence.
Now would you rather base your self-esteem on your own positive beliefs about you or on what other people think? Would you rather base it on your beliefs about you or your belief about the outcome of your project?
—— Terri Sterling, MA
* More on the topic of how to build your self-esteem in up coming articles.
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