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Boost Your Self-Esteem

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Boost Your Self-Esteem

Confront Your Anxieties, Develop Self Reliance, Boost Your Confidence, Achieve Your Goals

Kogan Page,

15 min read
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You control your self-esteem, beliefs and goals. Now, take charge, reprogram your attitudes and learn to love yourself.

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John Caunt's book is a must for anyone struggling with low self-esteem. Those wrestling with career choices, work-life balance, conflict, relationship issues, difficulty saying no, overwork, stress, low confidence, insecurity or neediness will also find valuable advice. Caunt also provides a good section on goal setting. While this book is most valuable to those seek self-development, it may also help managers develop insight into their employees and their own daily efforts to juggle the demands in their lives. Even if you're confident, this is a good referesher in valuing yourself for who you are – not just what you accomplish. Caunt may not break new literary or psychological ground, but his guidance is mainstream, practical, specific and useful.


Everyone is susceptible to periods of poor self-esteem.

Despite outward appearances of confidence and success, almost everyone confronts issues of low self-esteem. Poor self-esteem often stems from youthful experiences. It is the cumulative product of what you were told while growing up, feedback from those around you, life experiences and the unconditional love and acceptance you got – or didn’t get – from your parents, teachers, relatives and peers. Positive and negative reactions from others and your beliefs, perceptions, conclusions, criticisms and predictions all influence your self-esteem. 

Your own misperceptions or erroneous conclusions based on limited evidence, false beliefs, contradictions, omissions or exaggerations can distort your self-esteem. No one is an unbiased observer of his or her own behavior, potential or achievements. The past may be the foundation of low self-esteem, but as an adult you have the right and responsibility to keep developing in more healthy ways. You weren’t in charge of yourself then, but you are now. Issues of low self-esteem can present themselves in a multitude of different ways, such as:

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About the Author

Coach and trainer John Caunt is the author of three other books in Kogan Page Limited’s Creating Success series: Stay Confident, Organize Yourself and 30 Minutes to Manage Information Overload.

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    M. P. 11 months ago
    I really want to focus on life because I now know ,that education is life itself <br><br>People think that education is the preparation for life