The Key to Hightened Self-Esteem? Living Consciously


There are two words that best describe what we can do to raise our self-esteem – to generate more self-confidence and self-respect. They are: Live consciously!

The appropriate use of our consciousness is not automatic: rather, it is an act of choice. We are free to strive for the expansion or the contraction of consciousness. We can seek to see more or to see less. We can wish to know or not toknow. We can strive for clarity or for fog. We can live consciously or unconsciously. This is the meaning of free will.

The extent to which we honor sight over blindness is the single most important determinant of our self-confidence or self-respect. We can hardly feel competent in life while wandering around (at work, in our relationship, or dealing with children) in a self-induced mental fog.

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Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.

A thousand times a day we choose the level of consciousness at which we will function. Gradually, over time, we establish a sense of the kind of person we are, depending on the choices we make, the rationality and integrity we exhibit. This is the inner reputation of which I speak.

To live consciously means to seek to be aware of everything that bears on our actions, purposes, values and goals and to behave in accordance with that which we see and know.

Living consciously implies respect for the facts of reality. Living consciously is living responsibly towards reality – toward what is in this very moment.

This doesn’t mean we have to like what is, but it does mean we recognize that which is and that which is not, and that wishes, fantasies or denials do not alter the facts. We’re able to surrender into the peace of reality in the present moment. Serenity no longer has to be a stranger.

Behaviors that generate good self-esteem are also expressions of good self-esteem. Behaviors that are expressions of good self-esteem are also generators of good self-esteem. Living consciously is both a cause and an effect of self-confidence and self-respect.

The more I live consciously, the more I trust my mind and respect my worth. The more I trust my mind and respect my worth, the more natural it feels to live consciously. This same relationship exists among all behaviors that support self-esteem.

source: How to Raise Your Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

next: What it looks like to live consciously.

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