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Positive Attitudes Foster Self-Esteem

Posted: January 24, 2018

So, how does helping a child, or anyone, develop a positiive attitude make it more likely they will grow in self-esteem?  The answer lies in the changes in response people with positive attitudes have to thier world and the challenges they encounter.

Self-esteem is the feeling of confidence and the idea that we are capable of achieveing anything we put our mind to doing.  Having a positive attitude plays a large part in that ability.  Imagine seeing everything that "goes wrong" as a negative.  Even when something goes "right" you still feel it is only "the way it should be" and therefore only neither positive or negative.  Living this way leaves little room to grow from our experiences and build the confidence needed to pick ourselves up after things go against our expectations. When a person approaches life with a positive attitude, even the times that fail to meet their expectations, they become more confident in their ability to accomplish their goals.  They see the opportunities that are presented in every experieince, both positive and negative.

Operating from a focus on the positive in every situtation allows a person to learn and grow.  Instead of the urge to retreat and "lick their wounds", a person who lives with positive attitude sees the opportunity to learn and gorw in knowledge and ability.  Becoming more resilient and able to overcome challenges and failures can create a strong sense of self-satisfaction.  A person with a strong positive attitude is able to find satisfaction in what they learned and their new found ability to deal with setback.  The opportunity to experience increased satisfaction,even in the face of tough times, makes a positive attitude important to satifying the second part of the Merriam-Webster definition, "... and satisfaction in oneself."

Confidence: Cornerstone of Self-Esteem

Posted: January 17, 2018

Self-Esteem begins with confidence.  It is difficult to help a person grow in self-esteem if we do not first understand how to build that person's confidence in themselves. So, what is confidence? How do we help a person build this important life skill? More imortant than these questions is the question of why.  Why is confidence so important to the development of self-esteem?  Let's dig a bit deeper...

Confidence is believing in ourselves and our ability to succeed. As Martial Arts Instructors and Coaches we look to find the "little personal victories" that will help each of our students begin to believe in themselves. With each small victory, each technique learned and done correctly comes a boost in confidence.  Students quickly become more confident in all aspects of life through the successful experiences they have on the mats.  As their confidence grows they begin to feel the satisfaction in their own abilities.

Confidence and self-esteem do not grow over night. The development of strong confidence and lasting self-esteem takes time and repetition.  To improve any of our skills we must practice that skill.  It is in this repetition, the act of repeating the skill correctly over and over again that we ceate a habit.  This includes believing in ourselves, one victory is not enough.  Self-Esteem, and the cornerstone of confidence, require repeated reinforcement to become a natural habit of believing.  Helping a person develop confidence and self-esteem starts by getting them involved in activities and situations that give them the opportunity to have those "little personal victories" repeatedly.  Building strong confidence, like building strong muscles, is done through both repetition and slowly increasing the "weight" of the challenge.

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