Newsletter December 2002

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This month's article is about how to increase your self esteem and offers twelve simple steps to achieving this. I'd like to thank Chris Downie of Sparkpeople for his support and on becoming my first website sponsor. See the link of the month for more information about With help from sponsors I hope to develop the site further and build a family of related websites the first of which will soon go online. Stay tuned for news!

Happy Christmas and good luck to you all in 2003!  

Karl Perera

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In this issue:

1. New at this month

2. Article "Twelve Steps to Increase your Self Esteem" 

3. Link of the Month 

4. Most Popular Books of 2002 

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Twelve Steps to Increase Your Self-Esteem

By Nisandeh Neta

It all begins one day, with your birth into the world.
Showered with love and affection, you are adored, appreciated and enjoyed...

A low self-esteem simply does not exist.
Everything around you, indeed the whole universe, is simply an extension of yourself.
Although you were cranky when you were hungry, tired or wet, you made no negative judgments about yourself the way adolescents and adults do. You never cried about self-doubt, self-hate, or wanting to be popular.

As an infant, you still hold the idea that you're the center of the universe.
When you enter the shopping mall - you don't just want a toy - you want the toy store.

And then... 20-30-40 years later (after a few 'failures' and many statements such as "You can't always get what you want..." or "You've been bad this morning, so you can't have it now..." or "If you'll behave yourself, tomorrow you can have one...") ... you visit someone for the first time.
They ask you a simple question: "would you like tea or coffee?"
And you answer: "oh, it doesn't matter" or "what's easier for you" or "no thanks, I've had coffee in the morning..."

What a long way down the hill, from the once high-point of a healthy self-esteem...

As adults, we can choose the messages we accept or reject.
No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

The building of a high self-esteem is a continuing process, not something that can be developed overnight.
From my experience of working with thousands of people, every person has the capacity for a high self-esteem.
The only question is, are you ready to make the commitment necessary to increase your self-esteem?

If your answer is yes, here are 12 steps to get you started:

Stop comparing yourself with others.
There will always be some people who have more than you and some who have less.
You are unique and your purpose is to express your uniqueness. Who can do that better than you?

Stop diminishing yourself with negative judgments.
You can't develop high self-esteem if you repeat negative phrases about yourself and your abilities.

Avoid perfectionism.
Perfectionism paralyzes you and keeps you from accomplishing your goals.

Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.
When you are surrounded by negative people who constantly put you down, your self-esteem is diminished.

Acknowledge yourself.
Get yourself a beautiful booklet, and write in it every night, before going to sleep, 20 things you did well during the day. Big or small, doesn't matter, as long as you allow yourself to feel acknowledged.

Give more of yourself to those around you.
When you do things for others, you are making a positive contribution and subsequently begin to feel more valuable, which, in turn, lifts your spirits and raises your own self-esteem.

Get involved in the work and activities that inspire you.
It's hard to feel good about yourself if your days are spent in work you detest.
Even if you cannot leave your present work situation immediately, you can still devote leisure time to hobbies and activities, which you find stimulating and enjoyable.

Be true to yourself.
Live your own life - not the life others have decided is best for you.
If you're making decisions based on getting approval from friends and relatives, you aren't being true to yourself and your self-esteem will suffer as a direct consequence.

Solve problems.
Don't avoid problems, and don't complain about them.
Treat them as challenges and opportunities for growth.

Respect your own needs.
Recognize and take care of your own needs and wants first.
Identify what really fulfils you - not just immediate gratifications.
Respecting your deeper needs will increase your sense of worth and well-being.

Free yourself from "shoulds".
Live your life on the basis of what is possible for you and what feels right to you instead of what you or others think you "should" do.
Discover what you want and what you are good at and take actions designed to fulfil your potential.

And the most important of them all,

Take action!
You won't develop high self-esteem if you sit on the sidelines and avoid challenges.
When you take action - regardless of the result - you feel better about yourself.
When you fail to move forward because of fear and anxiety, you create frustration and dissatisfaction within yourself.

The 'real you' is a magnificent, unique being with enormous potential and capacity for experiencing self-love and extending that love to others.
As your self-esteem grows, this 'real you' emerges.
You begin to take more risks without the fear of failure.
You are no longer preoccupied with obtaining the approval of others; your relationships are much more rewarding; you pursue activities that bring you both joy and satisfaction; and you will make a positive contribution to the world.

Most importantly, high self-esteem brings you peace of mind.
When you're alone - you truly appreciate the person you're with - yourself.

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Article by Nisandeh Neta - trainer, success coach and healer.

There are many helpful books on self esteem and self confidence. Check out the self help bookstore for my personal selection of the best of these.


This month I want to share with you this link. Sparkpeople are my first sponsors. Take a look at their website.

Goal Setting at SparkPeople
After learning about self esteem here, you can also use the goal setting software at SparkPeople as a resource to help you achieve your goals.  I have used the software and can recommend it.



Here are the seven most popular books sold from this year. If you're looking for a great book on self esteem or related topic this will help you choose. Happy reading in 2003!

# 1 - Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem  

An excellent addition to an adult self-help collection, the book aids in overcoming anxiety, guilt and pain. Beginning with a self-esteem questionnaire, the book offers mechanisms and behavior modification for those seeking to rebuild their lives. . . .Sorensen offers no quick fixes, but provides tips and motivation to get the reader on the way to healthier living  Buy from Amazon

# 2 - How to Raise Your Self-Esteem

Comforting and optimistic, this important self-help book is filled with step-by-step techniques for developing and strengthening feelings of self-worth. Shows readers how they can raise self-confidence, self-esteem, and commit themselves to happier, healthier lives Buy from Amazon

# 3 - Self-Esteem- A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem

Offering a step-by-step program for building self-esteem, a self-help book shows how to talk back to the critical inner voice, foster compassion, handle mistakes and criticism, and use hypnosis and visualization for self-acceptance Buy from Amazon

# 4 - Self-Help Stuff That Works

This is a no-nonsense, practical self-help handbook written in a friendly, entertaining, and concise style. The chapters are short and devoid of bull, frills, and hype. All you'll find are ideas that work written in such a way that it is enjoyable and interesting to read and leaves you with solid tools you can use to better your life. You will learn how to become more effective with your actions and feel good more often Buy from Amazon

# 5 - The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Branden practically invented the concept of self-esteem and was probably most responsible for promoting it in this country. His latest book is another solid effort that builds on his previous work. He defines the titular pillars as living consciously, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, self-assertiveness, living purposefully, and personal integrity, and he describes not only their importance but how to practice them. He also looks at self-esteem within the contexts of school, work, psychotherapy, and culture and how to develop it within each. His is a balanced book--part theory, part social commentary, part self-help--that is clear, well researched, and well grounded, a valuable, credible addition to the psychological self help bookshelf Buy from Amazon

# 6 - Deep Change- Discovering the Leader Within (Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series)

Offers a survival manual for finding our own internal leadership power and learning the most important skill of all to triumph in the face of change. Reveals the remarkable capacity each of us holds to change ourselves, and, ultimately, our organizations.  Buy from Amazon

# 7 - The Four Agreements- A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

The Four Agreements reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob people of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements -- be impeccable with your word, don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions, always do your best -- offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform life into a new experience of freedom, love, and true My personal favourite! Buy from Amazon

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