Letting Go of Old Things and Thoughts Will Build Self-Esteem
Sometimes building stronger self-esteem is about letting go of things that have been with us for much of our life. In addition to adding new skills to our tool kit, it’s important to look carefully at the people, things, and attitudes that we carry with us from the past and decide if they are still relevant to who we are today and who we want to be in the future.
When we are children, our parents teach us things to keep us safe, like « Don’t touch the stove, it’s hot! » and « Don’t touch the knife, it’s sharp! » However, as we grow, we must let go of these rules the first time we prepare ourselves a hot meal. The rules no longer serve the person we are and we learn to let them go.
We continue to grow every day of our life, although the changes may not be as noticeable to us as learning to slice and cook our own food. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves to continue to question what we might want to let go of as a way of recognizing and honoring our growth. In today’s video, I talk about three things in my own life that went through this review in my mind, with varying results.
When I tried decluttering my house all in one weekend, I became overwhelmed and failed. When I made the decision to declutter one item each day instead, I became successful. The easy things to let go of made me used to letting go, and soon enough the harder things weren’t as hard to bid farewell. We can look at our thoughts the same way.
We don’t need to change everything at once. As we practice trying some new things and letting go of some old ones, it gets easier, like every other skill set. If we know we want to change, we need to be prepared to evaluate the needs and desires of the new self we have created. Your self-esteem will grow when you let go of limiting thoughts and behaviors.
What old thought patterns do you feel would be best left by the roadside? Share your thoughts in the comment section and let that be your declaration that you are ready to let go of old thoughts for growth and healthy self-esteem.