7 Bad Habits That Can Crush Your Self-Esteem

Krystal Emerson


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Are you struggling with self-esteem? You're not alone. We all have bad habits that can stunt our growth as a person, and your self-esteem is no exception to this rule. In fact, there are many things we do without realizing the harm they cause ourselves until it's too late.

A bad habit can snowball into a mountain of self-deprecating thoughts. But you don't have to let it get that far. If you want to feel better about yourself, start with one small step, identify the habits that hurt your self-esteem, and make a change plan.

When you compare yourself to others and constantly put yourself down, you are hurting your self-esteem and creating a negative cycle. One of the best things that we can do for ourselves is to stop comparing ourselves with others.

1. Believing that you are not good enough 

You've probably heard the saying, "fake it until you make it." When it comes to boosting your confidence, this is a great method of action. Don't be afraid to fake being confident even if you don't feel like you have anything to back up those feelings. You will eventually start feeling more confident as long as you fake having it whenever possible.

It's never too late to change the way you think and believe in yourself. We all have our own strengths, weaknesses, and fears that we must overcome, but it doesn't need to be a struggle when you know the right tools for success.

2. Comparing yourself to others 

Have you ever felt like your life is a total disaster? Like it's never going to get any better, and that everyone else has it so much easier than you do?

A lot of people compare themselves to others in different aspects of their lives. Whether it is their job, relationship status, material possessions, or weight, they often feel inadequate and frustrated that they don't measure up to someone else's life. It's time to stop looking at other people with envy and start enjoying the person you are today.

Comparison is the thief of joy. As a society, we're always comparing ourselves to others: who has better clothes, more money, a nicer house? But this comparison can be detrimental to your self-esteem and confidence.

3. Dwelling on past mistakes 

If you're like most people, you've made a mistake. If you're really honest with yourself, it's more than likely that the mistakes have piled up over time and that each one has left a little scar on your confidence.

If you dwell on past mistakes, it can kill your confidence and make you believe that you're not good enough. But dwelling on past mistakes doesn't always have to be bad. It's important to recognize what went wrong in the first place, not to repeat it.

4. Focusing too much on the future and what could go wrong 

We are all guilty of it. We think about the future and how things could go wrong. It's natural to want to ensure we have a plan for every possible scenario, but when you focus too much on the future and what could go wrong, you can start to lose confidence in your current abilities.

You need to have a plan for the future, but if you're constantly worrying about what could go wrong in the future, it can damage your confidence. The future is always uncertain, and there are so many things that could go wrong. In our minds, the way to be prepared for whatever may happen is to think about all of the potential horrors as much as possible.

5. Being overly critical of yourself and your work, never satisfied with anything you do 

Do you have a habit of being overly critical with your work? This blog post is for all the people who are struggling with self-criticism and need some help.

We often tell ourselves that we are overly critical of our work, but how can you know if your own opinion is accurate? I'm not talking about constructive criticism or self-criticism; I'm referring to the kind that will never kill your confidence and ability to create.

The way you think about yourself and your work can greatly impact how confident you feel. It's common to be self-critical from time to time, but if it happens all the time, it can really kill your confidence.

6. Trying to please everyone around you instead of being true to yourself 

I'm going; being honest, I don't always have a lot of faith in myself. But the one thing that has been my saving grace is knowing when to stop trying to please everyone and focus on what's best for me.

As a teenager, I was never one to say "no" to anything. If someone asked me for help with something or wanted my opinion on something, I would drop everything and run over to their house as soon as possible. As a result of this life-long tendency, I found myself constantly putting other people's needs before my own.

The culture of people pleasers is a tough one to break. When you live in an environment where saying "No" isn't an option, it can take its toll on your life and health. People pleasers often have low self-esteem are always feeling guilty for not doing enough, and carry the weight of others' expectations on their shoulders. The result? You're too tired to care about yourself or pursue your own dreams because you're constantly giving in to other's needs.

7. Thinking that it's all about luck

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: there is no such thing as luck. It's not some magical force that can make the stars align for your favor, and it's certainly not something you should rely on when making decisions.

When it comes to success, people often believe that all of the credit goes to luck. This is one of the most dangerous and damaging beliefs you can have.

If you think your successes are due to luck, then you'll never feel confident in your abilities or yourself. It will also keep you from taking risks because it's not really your fault-it was just bad luck if you fail.

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