You’ve possibly heard the notion, “We date at the level of our self-esteem. Your relationship is a direct reflection of your own self-love and self-worth.” (Source: The Daily Love)
The same is true of success. We succeed at the level of our self-esteem. Our life (and business) is a direct reflection of our own self-love and self-worth. When you know this, it becomes refreshingly evident that if we want to truly succeed in life, and business, we have to raise the bar on ourselves.
Transformation starts with improving your self-esteem: the thoughts and feelings you associate with yourself.
Why is low self-esteem problematic for entrepreneurs?
Low self-esteem is a silent success killer, for entrepreneurs in particular, because it leads to depression. Running a business while you “just don’t care about anything” is not easy. Given that entrepreneurship is risky with marked ups and downs, getting a solid “self-esteem” footing will make navigating the entrepreneurship roller coaster more manageable.
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” ― Beyoncé
We know that entrepreneurs with low self-esteem are prone to self-sabotage, falling short of their potential and tolerating negative and limiting relationships. These traits ‘do not a business make’!
What is your self-esteem based on?
Consider this: How do you describe yourself? What is the basis of that description? For many of us our self-esteem fluctuates based on daily experiences or people. This is less than ideal.
Linking your esteem to past or present experiences and/or people is unwise, because of one simple fact – they are all subject to change. Why would you link your esteem to something that is by design – unreliable?
Instead, entrepreneurs with healthy self-esteem practice becoming more self-aware and actively seek ways to develop themselves. In short, you must become emotionally agile and emotionally intelligent.
“But the upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.” ― Sheryl Sandberg
“Healthy self-esteem is based on our ability to assess ourselves accurately and still be accepting of who we are. This means being able to acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses (we all have them!) and at the same time recognize that we are worthy and worthwhile.” (Source: UT Counseling and Mental Health)