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Healthy Self-Esteem Development Through Perfect Understanding

Updated: August 9, 2021/Dr. Oladele Akin-Ogundeji/Self Esteem Building, Self Growth

What does personal poise entail? How is it related to building a healthy self-esteem for imaginative living and self-actualization?

If you would go far in personal development for self-actualization, begin with insight and proper understanding of the key concepts.

Understanding Key Terms is Key

It is important that you have a perfect understanding of your key terms at the onset of any personal development, self growth, or self-actualization project.

Healthy self-esteem development is at the core of lasting personal development and self-improvement for self-actualization. Yet, what healthy self-esteem is, in real terms, is an area where many people have embraced some misinformation. As a result of the misinformation a lot of people are often left confused or hampered when they embark on a self-esteem development or self-actualization project. Therefore, it is key to explore what healthy self-esteem, and sound, personal poise really is.

Make Your Own Discovery

To ensure that you make progress in your self-esteem development, self-growth or self-actualization project, do this: Take some time to clarify what 'healthy self-esteem' is in real terms.

Starting with yourself, for example, what comes to your mind when you say a friend or an associate has a positive or healthy self-esteem or self-worth? What about when you see somebody you regard a success? So, if you just take a few minutes to make a list, you may find a few things interesting. Do it now!...

If you have made your list of what comes to your mind as qualities, say five, of a person with positive or healthy self-esteem, do a simple tally. How many of the items you jotted down have to do with physical bearing such as carriage, assertive behavior, or outspokenness? Perhaps, about three out of five? Or perhaps all!

Okay, now ask two or three people around you to each volunteer a list. Do the tally for all of you this time. What are you getting? About 55 per cent of the qualities listed relate to physical bearing? To be honest with you, all of you would be in tune with the majority of people. You would be saying what most people would say. That is, most people believe self-esteem is a matter of your bearing or carriage! However, this is not what positive or healthy self-esteem is, in real terms!

If you would go far in personal development for self-actualization, begin with insight and proper understanding of the key concepts.

What Healthy Self-Esteem Really Means

In real terms, healthy self-esteem is inner assurance and perfect understanding of your being, grounded in deep self-respect and inner capacity.

If you like, it is largely about your inner capacity to be on top of things,—that is, your psychological fibre.

It is true that personal carriage and outward bearing may reflect your self-esteem. However, it is not the primary measure. Thinking otherwise often presents a wrong picture to individuals grappling with low self worth—and people afflicted with over confidence or personal poise limitation. There are, in fact, cases of subtle or reverse assertiveness demonstrated by people with healthy self-esteem,—depending on the personal assertiveness strategies they are using. They would be firm and subtly self-assertive—not given to 'outward' show or immediate physical pressure.

Healthy Self-Worth is Intergrated with Personal Poise

Healthy self-esteem is integrated with personal poise. When you demonstrate mental toughness, emotional balance, and inner calm—even under tough conditions,—you are a well-poised person, and it enhances your self-worth. So, it is important to clarify your terms when you embark on any project of personal development or personal growth for self-actualization. It helps you have the right focus, develop the right commitment, and get the right results and outcomes. It helps you avoid unnecessary frustrations or headaches. It helps you stay on course for healthy self-growth.

<p> When you demonstrate mental toughness, emotional balance, and inner calm—even under tough conditions,—you are a well-poised person, and it enhances your self worth. </p>
Beware of Media Hype

Don't be fooled by media hype!

Regardless of what social media, mass media or TV commercials may subtly be influencing you or the majority of people to buy into, just refuse to buy into any stuff equating healthy self-esteem with physical bearing, outward appearance or show. Think about what you have read this far and what healthy self-esteem really means. You would prosper in your drive for self-actualization with perfect understanding of what healthy self-esteem development is all about!

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You cannot advance in self growth without defining and understanding what you are trying to achieve and how you will recognize it when you have achieved it. This article highlights a fundamental issue affecting your success in self-esteem development, personal growth and self actualization. It helps you explore—and develop insight on—what healthy self-esteem and sound, personal poise really is.

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