What exactly is self-esteem?What is your understanding of self-esteem? Do you think it's about confidence, self-belief, and letting the world know how great you are?

My thinking is that I matter and that my family, my place of work, my community, and my country would not be the same without me. Do you believe this to be true of yourself? When people are faced with tragedy, why is it that some are able to move forward and others do not? In my opinion it is their level of self-esteem, their self-belief and, where that is lacking, someone else's belief in them, that enables them to goon.

Where is your level of self-esteem now? Circle the numbers that best apply to you right now: 1 = seldom and 5 = always. Bear in mind that these behaviours reflect your relationship with yourself.

  • I am capable 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am lovable 1 2 3 4 5
  • I communicate assertively 1 2 3 4 5
  • I affirm myself 1 2 3 4 5
  • I have positive self-talk 1 2 3 4 5
  • I accept me 1 2 3 4 5
  • I support me 1 2 3 4 5
  • I set and achieve goals 1 23 4 5
  • I problem-solve 1 2 3 4 5
  • I encourage myself andothers 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am understanding 1 2 3 4 5
  • I have regular exercise 1 23 4 5
  • I have compassion 1 2 3 4 5
  • I value myself and others 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am responsible 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am loving 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am kind 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am humorous 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am caring 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am challenging 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am fair 1 2 3 4 5
  • I am relaxed 1 2 3 4 5
  • I have a balanced lifestyle1 2 3 4 5
  • I take appropriate risks 1 2 3 4 5
  • I have clear values 1 2 3 4 5
  • I make decisions 1 2 3 4 5
  • I deal with my feelings 1 2 3 4 5

Low score: 28 to 64

Middle score: 65 to 102

High score: 103 to 140

In the next issue of Rolling Inspiration we shall look at your results and ways to improve your self-talk. I n the meantime, why not repeat some of these above affirmations in your head when you clean your teeth each day?

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