Saturday, February 27, 2016

Self-Esteem

Enrichment Course 1: Self-Esteem

Hey Girl! I wanted self-esteem to be the first topic I cover because I struggled with self-esteem issues for a long time. I wasted years not liking myself and not knowing how awesome I was. Girl, don't you know that you are awesome?! Everything you are, your personality, your skin, your hair, it is beautiful. I am going to keep on telling you of your greatness daily. Even If your mom isn't telling you, if your dad isn't telling you, or if your peers are bullying you. Know that I am telling you that you are beautiful, awesome, smart, intelligent, charismatic, and generous.

I am focused on building your self-esteem because until you know you are worthy and able to reach your big DREAMs, your disbelief in yourself will stop you from GOing for it. I would doubt my intelligence. I would doubt my own face. I didn't think I was smart enough to reach my dreams. I convinced myself early on, whether it was money or influence, that I didn't have what it took to reach my goals. Through all of those years of doubt and negativity, I was really lying to myself based off of lies someone ONCE told me. It only takes one instance of someone telling you, "you're ugly," "you are so dumb," or "you are just so mean and hateful." Just because someone perceived you to be a certain way once doesn't mean that they are telling the truth. You can't internalize the lies people have spoken over you. So first we have to let all of that go.

Write down all of the instances that made you doubt yourself or think negatively about yourself.




Read it out loud and then say, "NONE OF THIS IS TRUE." Now LET IT GO.




Now that you have started the process of healing from your past, let's focus on who you really are. You have characteristics about yourself that you love and characteristics that you don't like about yourself. Please be all the way honest and real with yourself, Girl!

List 5 Loves and 5 Don't Likes below:
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Now look at your list. You have listed five things about you that you love! Your five characteristics are unique to you and only you can use your gifts in a very special way to do great things.

Explain how your 5 Loves can help you  reach your dreams and goals:
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You also listed five characteristics that you don't like. Don't you know that those characteristics can be used to make you even better, Girl? Let's turn these negatives into positives. Think about ways you can change these characteristics around or deal with them differently so that it is of benefit to you while you are chasing your dreams.

Explain how to positively change or deal with your 5 Don't Likes:
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The things that you love and don't like about yourself are important. Your perception of these characteristics will change often. As your perception of yourself changes, you should practice this exercise. It will allow you to remember that you have a purposeful life. You are here on earth to do great things for a reason. You have everything you need inside of you to accomplish your mission. But you must first realize that everything you are has worth, value, and that it is good.

Girl, I really hope this helps you. Whenever you feel down about yourself, refer back to this blog post. Print this out for your reference! Make sure you share this with a mentor, parent, or teacher you trust. When we are struggling, we have to be able to look to other women for guidance and strength. Girl, you are so awesome! We all have to work to be better but know that you are already GREAT.

SMOOCHES XOXO
Elisa

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