While some people have a firm grasp on their unique talents and abilities others have yet to discover them, let alone begin developing them and this can be damaging to self-esteem. When you don’t know what you’re good at or believe that you truly don’t have any talents at all your self-esteem suffers.

Everyone has strengths that they can contribute to the world. Many times we are told we are good at something, but lack the confidence to take any action, or experience fear when considering pursuing it. If this is the case for you, it is time to uncover what your talents and strengths are, and improve your self-esteem.

Begin developing your strengths with the following techniques:

1.) Start somewhere. If you think you are good at something, or have received compliments in a certain area, begin by looking into it more. Research the area that you are strong in and become more knowledgeable about it. Sign up to receive online newsletters or visit your local library for resources that are available to begin honing your skills.

* If you’re not sure what you’re good at, then start with something that you like or that you are thinking about trying or learning more about.

2.) Be patient. As with anything, developing your skills and talents takes time. Don’t expect to master something overnight, that is just not realistic. You will only be setting yourself up for failure and your self-esteem will take another blow.

* Consider this as embarking on a new journey that will take some time, but you will learn many things in the process.

* Go easy on yourself when you make mistakes or veer of course. And celebrate your achievements along the way.

3.) Set goals for yourself. The best way to realize you achieved something is by setting goals to get there. Decide what you would like to accomplish and write it down. Revisit your goal often and readjust as necessary to stay on track.

* Make it a point to post your goals where you can see them daily. Use reminders on your calendar, post it notes in the kitchen, or in the bathroom to help keep you motivated and on track.

4.) Believe in yourself. When you believe in yourself, you’re half way there. Having confidence in yourself when you’re on the journey to bettering yourself can be one of your greatest assets. Be your own cheerleader.

* It’s not uncommon to have rough days when you feel uncertain about yourself and your abilities. As long as you continue to gently and lovingly nudge yourself in the right direction you will keep your confidence in tact without shattering your self-esteem.

While you are working to improve your self-esteem through developing your strengths, remember to focus on the reason you’re doing this in the first place. The rewards you will enjoy once you’ve discovered where your strengths lie will provide you unwavering self-confidence and the increased self-esteem to put you on the road to success.

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