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It’s OK to be who you are

Here’s how to build a positive self-image

education Updated: Sep 11, 2012 16:03 IST

The first step to finding happiness and success is to believe in yourself. Unfortunately, a lot of people today have become prone to thinking about themselves in a negative manner. It’s time to stop comparing yourself with unrealistic ideals.

1 Recognise your positive points: Take some time out to think about all that is good about you. Be proud of your accomplishments. Successful people are those who identify their capabilities early on and invest in further strengthening their strengths.

2 Don’t be overcritical: We all make mistakes every now and then. Don’t be overly critical of yourself.

3 Accept criticism and limitations constructively: Accurate feedback from others, whether positive or negative, can be a great asset. Let criticism guide and motivate you to get better. Don’t get bogged down by your shortcomings.

4 Express yourself: It’s important for all of us to express not just our opinions but our feelings as well.

5 Build a strong peer group: A strong and supportive circle of friends and peers can not only be a source of great fun but can also enhance your self-esteem.

6 Remember, every person is unique: Don’t try to be like another person to fit in or to look ‘cool’. Celebrate your uniqueness.

The author is director, Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare

First Published: Sep 11, 2012 16:00 IST