10 Proven Ways to Improve Self Esteem

9. Not being a perfectionist is a proven way to improve your self esteem

Perfection doesn’t exist, and striving for it can break down your morale. Perfectionists tend to think things like “do it well, or don’t do it at all”. This kind of thinking will keep you from doing anything for fear of making a mistake. Trying to do everything perfectly will lower your self-esteem and keep you from achieving your goals.

What can you do: Rather than the negative thinking of “all or nothing”, try saying something like “I’ll give it a try and do the best that I can. I can learn from my mistakes”. Give yourself a time limit to finish things, because trying to make things perfect might lead you to procrastinate. For example, if you have to hand in a project, limit yourself to reviewing it 5 times, maximum.

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