Self Esteem

You are worthy of being here. You are smart. Your family is proud of you. If you have trouble thinking these things, taking compliments or reassuring yourself of your worthiness, take a look here to learn how to build your self esteem, because you are amazing and we are proud of you.

Messages From
Role Models

Fireside Chat with Jesse Nobess

"I strongly encourage going, leaving the nest and going somewhere else to explore yourself and explore your surroundings, explore like your career choice or different ways to just learn the craft that you want to learn about. Because like when you're in a different city, and it's a very courageous move. It's scary, but it teaches you a lot. Like to not be afraid and just to be fearless and go for it."


Fireside Chat with Linsay Willer

"Yeah, it was really interesting actually because growing up I was very shy. I dealt with having low self esteem. And then when I moved to Edmonton I started modeling and I remember my very first runway show. I secretly always wanted to model. Growing up, it was my secret heart of hearts that was something I wanted to do. So it had been on my mind for years. And then when an opportunity presented itself, I was terrified and I was so scared to audition. I was scared of rejection, mainly, and being judged. But I also knew that missing out, at that point I knew not trying and living with that regret, I knew that feeling. So I figured that being told no is better than that regret of never trying. So I just went for it and tried out."


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Anna Lambe
Iqaluit, Nunavut

Anna shares her story about being bullied in school and learning how to overcome anxiety and build her self esteem.

Please note, this video contains talk about bullying and eating disorders. If you or anyone you know is dealing with issues discussed in this video, please know you are not alone and that there are people who are out there that are willing to listen and help.


Tips & Tricks

5 Ways to Build Lasting Self Esteem

5. Affirm your real worth
The following exercise has been demonstrated to help revive your self-esteem after it sustained a blow: Make a list of qualities you have that are meaningful in the specific context. For example, if you got rejected by your date, list qualities that make you a good relationship prospect (for example, being loyal or emotionally available); if you failed to get a work promotion, list qualities that make you a valuable employee (you have a strong work ethic or are responsible). Then choose one of the items on your list and write a brief essay (one to two paragraphs) about why the quality is valuable and likely to be appreciated by other people in the future. Do the exercise every day for a week or whenever you need a self-esteem boost.
The bottom line is improving self-esteem requires a bit of work, as it involves developing and maintaining healthier emotional habits but doing so, and especially doing so correctly, will provide a great emotional and psychological return on your investment.

Tools and Resources

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Realizing Your Hidden Power

"Research has shown that over 80% of people struggle with varying levels of low self-esteem. Yet, having a solid sense of self-esteem has the chance to positively impact and powerfully transform every area of your life – from your relationships to your career, from your health and well-being, to your fulfillment and levels of success.
A deep feeling of self-esteem is something that needs to grow and be nurtured over time. The following will show you the things you can do right now to improve your self esteem. Then, you will realize your hidden potential and your self worth."

How to Build Self Esteem (A Guide to Realize Your Hidden Power)

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Tips For Improving Your Self Esteem

  1. Be nice to yourself, stop your inner critic
  2. You do you, stop comparing yourself to others
  3. Get movin'
  4. Nobody's perfect
  5. Remember that everyone makes mistakes
  6. Focus on what you can change
  7. Do what makes you happy
  8. Celebrate the small stuff
  9. Be a pal
  10. Surround yourself with a supportive squad

For more information check out these articles:
10 tips for improving your self esteem | Confidence

How to Improve Your Self-Esteem: 12 Powerful Tips

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Examples of Affirmations

By definition, your affirmation will be personal to you, and specific to what you want to achieve or change, but the following examples may provide some inspiration:

  • I have plenty of creativity for this project.
  • My work will be recognized in a positive way by my boss and colleagues.
  • I can do this!
  • My team respects and values my opinion.
  • I am successful.
  • I am honest in my life, and my work.
  • I like completing tasks and projects on time.
  • I'm grateful for the job I have.
  • I enjoy working with my team.
  • I'm bringing a positive attitude to work every day.
  • I am excellent at what I do.
  • I am generous.
  • I am happy.
  • I will be a leader in my organization.

Affirmations article

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How to Build Your Self-Esteem

Try these steps:

  • Make a list of the stuff you're good at. Can you draw or sing? Are you a good reader? Are you good at a sport? Do you tell a good joke? If you're having trouble with your list, ask a parent or friend to help you with it.
  • Practice the things you do well. Think of ways you can do some of the things you're good at every day.
  • Turn "I can't" into "I can!" Does the little voice in your head tell you "I'm no good at this" or "I can't do it"? Or "It's too hard for me"? That's you thinking badly about yourself. Decide to change your mind. Think, "I can give it a try," "I can handle this." Think, "I'll give it my best." Think, "I'll ask someone to help me do this."
  • Try your best. You can feel good about yourself when you give something a good try. When you try hard, your self-esteem will grow.
  • Spend time with people who love you. Do things you enjoy with your parent or family. It helps you know you belong. And that builds self-esteem.
  • Pitch in. Do nice things for parents. Help with meals, clean up, or feed the pet. When you do kind things, you feel good about yourself. You get to see that what you do means a lot.

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