In some circles, the term “self esteem” is sacred; in others, it’s treated almost as a profanity. Instead think of self-esteem as a mental muscle that must be developed and maintained through regular psychological workouts—or you will be vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
Liking yourself and what you do makes it easier to be productive—but self-esteem takes a beating in most jobs. All it takes is one snide remark to put a damper on your enthusiasm, so you’ve got to stoke your own fires to keep self-esteem high.
Feeling Good About Yourself is Important!
Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Happiness = Productivity.
Having happy employees is extremely important for the survival and performance of any business. Happier employees work harder, work better together in teams and are generally more productive.
So why exactly are happy employees more productive?
- Happy employees give a damn more
Happy employees are typically the ones who care about the company and are driven to make it achieve its goals. In some cases, your work may even contribute to your happiness.The more engaged you are, the more productive you’re likely to be. You’re less likely to quit or become a hollow shell if your self-esteem hasn’t been worn down to a nub.
- Happy employees are more loyal
Happy employees are more also resilient and according to Gallup, are more likely to stay with their employers for the long term. A lowered turnover means less time and money spent on hiring and training new employees as well as fewer breaks or slowdowns in productivity to induct them.
- Happy employees are healthier
Happy people get sick less often, if only because they take better care of themselves. When they do get sick, they know it’s not the end of the world.
- Happiness breeds like rabbits
Happiness is of a multiplying nature – when watered it can grow all over the entire company.
- Happy employees take more risks
Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, and it is only happy employees that are inspired enough to think outside the box and come up with the creative solutions your organisation needs.
2. It’s easier to overcome challenges.
When you feel good about yourself, problems don’t smack you down as easily. You’re more likely to roll with the punches and reframe those problems as challenges.
It’s easier not just to think positively, but it’s imporant to make it a habit. When you’re happy with yourself, it’s easier to focus because you’re not nagged by as much uncertainty. You may get knocked down when your esteem is high, but you get up again.
3. You’re more likely to create value.
Not only do you tend to work harder when you have high self-esteem, you’re more likely to speak up in meetings, offer ideas and innovations, and contribute more unrestricted time to the organization.
When these seeds are sown, the whole organization can reap from the harvest.
4. High self-esteem makes you optimistic.
Poor self-esteem and pessimism go hand in hand.
Ingrained pessimism can limit your career because you are mostly trying your best not to stand out above the crowd (lest you get cut down when the next economic downturn occurs) and/or you don’t rank yourself as an important person.
However optimism is attractive!
As long as you’re not overbearing. By consciously believing in yourself and maintaining a high self-esteem increases your charisma, boosts confidence, ckeeps you in the minds of decision-makers, also makes you willing to take more chances and capable of weathering dire circumstances.
So, Hold Your Head Up—High!
I won’t tell you that what other people think of you doesn’t matter; it sometimes does, because you work in a social environment, and some of your co-workers can hurt your career if they think poorly of you.
I will say that if you think highly of yourself and maintain your personal integrity, other people will think more highly of you as well.
So Kill negative self-talk. Do more for yourself. Sit down and write down all the good things you’ve accomplished at work this month and this year. Be fair with yourself, not harsh.
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