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Self esteem and self efficacy

The concepts of self esteem and self efficacy form the basis of our self-concept. Building both your self-esteem – the feeling you have about yourself – and self-efficacy – the belief in your ability to accomplish a specific goal or task – takes work and a willingness to be completely honest with yourself. But the results can be life changing.

Rewiring negative self-talk

Focusing on building self-esteem and self-efficacy can often call to mind that negative self-talk that can keep us down. Taking the time to slow down and consider the realities of a situation can often help to “rewire” negative thoughts. Although this article focuses on feelings of lack of time, the steps described are helpful in a number of anxiety-provoking situations –

  • Practice mindfulness whenever possible
  • Realize you can’t do it all right now
  • Pick a high impact task to focus on
  • Be present with this task
  • Practice letting go
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