You’d probably be surprised to find out that prominent historical figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein had struggled with low self-esteem.

Even present-day celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey, Russell Brand, and Angelina Jolie, had their own struggles with building a strong sense of self-worth. Just because you don’t feel comfortable with yourself now doesn’t mean you can’t take steps towards building your self-esteem for your future. Read on for 7 ways to start down your own path towards developing high self-esteem.

1. Get to Know Yourself

What do you value most? For instance, you might value security, independence, helping others, etc.

Once you determine what exactly defines you as you, then you can start participating in activities that support your values. This act alone will increase your own opinion of yourself.

2. Set Achievable Goals

Set goals that you can keep track of, measure, and accomplish. When you realize that you can achieve these goals, you’ll give birth to a new inner-strength.

This sense of conquering and accomplishment is a huge part of how you build self-esteem.

3. Be Kind to Yourself

Along those same lines of goal-setting, be kind to yourself when you fail to achieve your objectives. Remember that you can change your strategy and tweak your tactics, but don’t allow yourself to surrender your goals.

Do your best to keep each failure contained to one goal. For example, eating chocolate cake for dinner doesn’t mean you will never lose weight. It really means that you had a moment of weakness but can get back on track tomorrow.

4. Forgive Yourself For Your Past

A haunting past can be one of the biggest self-esteem killers. There is a saying by Lily Tomlin that goes, “Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.”

You can’t change your past. None of us can. So you have to find a way to accept your past—flaws and all. Once you embrace all that is you, then you will blossom into a more confident individual.

5. Increase Your Self-Care Routine

Strengthening your self-esteem isn’t only reliant on what you think about yourself. You can boost your opinion of yourself by practicing a healthy self-care routine. Pay attention to what your body needs and what makes you feel good.

It’s fairly common for people to subconsciously “punish” themselves for the way they think, feel, and even act. Rather than putting yourself in a proverbial corner, try to bump up the level of TLC for your physical body. Find something that makes you feel good and do it. It might be taking a long bath or pushing the boat off the shore for some much-needed time in nature.

6. Visualize Yourself As You Want to Be

If you’re like most who struggle with low self-esteem, you probably see yourself in a dim light. You might even point out your flaws every chance you get. Rather than resorting to the self-blame game, try to visualize yourself as the person you’d like to be.

When your mind’s eye can effectively gaze on who you want to be, then you start to believe you can become that person. This subtle thought can boost your inner-confidence by leaps and bounds.

7. Practice Gratefulness

Do you compare yourself to others and focus on the things you don’t have? If so, it can be a hard habit to break.

Try turning the tables. Force yourself to look at what you do have. Practicing thankfulness encourages you to see yourself and your life in a positive light. This helps to silence the frequently deafening and negative thoughts.

While developing healthy self-esteem isn’t incredibly difficult, it is a choice. By altering your own perception, you can change your entire outlook and build a healthy sense of self-esteem.

If you’d like to talk more about how you can strengthen your own self-esteem, please contact me. I can help you uncover areas in your life that are holding you back from becoming the most authentic version of you possible.