“Self-Esteem is the Precondition of Freedom” Ayn Rand. Self-Esteem means you experience confidence, inner strength and power.
This can only be generated from within. A healthy level of self-esteem means you tend to act in a conscious, self-responsible, self-assertive way that leads to good feelings about yourself which in return strengthens you and supports genuine self-confidence.
It means to feel confident in your ability to deal in a constructive manner with any situation life confronts you with, to value yourself, your life, and to feel confident in your right to the pursuit of happiness and personal fulfillment.
Self-Esteem involves acting responsibly and seeking awareness, even when the facts of reality are unpleasant to confront.
Nobody can give you self-esteem. You can be inspired, stimulated or coached to live more consciously, but to be more self-assertive, more self-accepting and responsible, you must build inner strength.
The fact that you can raise your self-esteem yourself is liberating, since now you know you are not dependent on others for your confidence and self-worth. It depends solely on you, the way you act, the way you deal with yourself and others.
Building self-esteem is like building muscles. It requires continuous effort. It is comparable to doing physical exercise: you need to make an effort and have discipline. Only you are in charge and responsible for the results. The great news is that if you make the effort you will succeed; there is nothing to lose, there is not a single drawback, there is only something to gain. You gain inner strength and personal power.