The term self-esteem became popular during the 1960s. At this time, self-esteem was recognized more as being an integral part of a person's health, which included psychological, spiritual and physical.
Later in the 80s, self-esteem became more about indulging the self in every way possible: narcissistic.
Instant gratification was born. How quickly could one get rich, gain technological advances, heal with pharmaceuticals, lose weight with pills or plastic surgery, have sexual pleasures, gain muscle with steroids, or other artificial enhancements?
Hopefully people realize that instant gratification doesn't work. Look at the stories of a lot of the lottery winners who spend all their winnings in a year and then are left with nothing. Or, people who get liposuction, but then gain the fat back. Nothing worth having is ever easy to get.
There's nothing more incredible than connecting with "self" and feeling the power that the body is capable of—especially through exercise. In exercise, you push your body through something hard. It's rewarding to know you've accomplished a challenge. It's a fantastic feeling when you've achieved your goal. That in itself can boost your confidence.
- Download your favorite music and dance.
- Take a friend and go walking on the beach or hiking in the mountains.
- Go swimming in the ocean or lake.
- Be quiet and listen to your inner spirit.
- Join a fun exercise class and meet new like-minded friends.
- Create one new healthy habit a week.
- Don't be guided by fear.
- If you don't succeed the first time, try try and try again.
Remember when you work hard to accomplish goals, the inner strength that comes from your goal will help you to soar to new heights. "Spiritual maturity is measured not by the sophistication of a person's opinions, but by their genuineness and the courage necessary to express and maintain them. Spiritual maturity is the capacity to stand one's ground as a reflection of a genuine inner belief," says Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of Spirit.
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