Let's Change Low Self-Esteem into Self Love!

This is a post by Abigail B. (@shaudae on PumpUp). Follow her on Tumblr and on her Wordpress blog at Inspiration Served Daily

"Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions." - Harvey Mackay

Ever thought that because of how you look people will not take you seriously? As a consequence, you’re hesitant to push yourself to the forefront because you’re afraid of how you they think you look.

Will they like me? Will they really listen to ME or will they just look at how fat or how skinny I am? 

You find every reason to convince yourself and others that you are not the right person for the job, even if others believe in you. Let me tell you right now, DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF.

"The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.”

― Shannon L. Alder 

We are on a journey together. What you weigh right now is not the final you! Don’t give up. There are people who will doubt you and who will tell you that your goal does not make pragmatic sense. Don’t listen to them. You don’t need to prove anything to anyone; strive to become better than you were yesterday - for YOU. When people criticize you, they’re just jealous - that’s the truth.

This is a progress photo from Abigal: she’s lost 15 pounds this month!

I can say all this because there was a time when I thought that self-esteem was derived solely from how you look. So I was afraid to go out; afraid to speak up; afraid to go to the gym because I was extremely body-conscious; afraid to have confidence; afraid to develop my skills and excel in everything I do because I was afraid of what people would say about me - how I look and how dare I have so much confidence, looking like that. Over the years I have come to realize that self-esteem is, above all things, loving who you are and appreciating where you are in life and working each day to become better, to be one step closer to self-actualization.

"Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you." - Stacy London 

So in 2015 and beyond - love yourself. Be the most positive and determined person you know. We cannot truly encourage others and not encourage ourselves. Do not let ANYONE control your emotions and define what you think of yourself. No more low self-esteem; self-love then spread love.

- Abigail Brady