There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem and your sense of yourself. We are faced with problems everyday—many of which are beyond our ability to solve. And, sometimes, our self-esteem takes a hit. We get frustrated because we can’t fix the problem. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self and what is really important.

But how do we find our sense of self in the first place? So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? What can we do to get back on track? Can a week really make a difference? Try staring with these seven exercises. You’ll be surprised at how your outlook will change!

1. Know your purpose
Are you wandering through life with little direction - hoping that you'll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement. This mission statement should be your guiding compass. When you get off course, remember your mission statement and it will lead you to your truth north every time.

2. Know your values
What do you value most? Make a list of the top five things you value the most. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals- check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn't align with any of your top five values - you may want to reconsider it or revise it.

3. Know your needs
Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Your basic needs: shelter, food, clothing must be met first—otherwise all your effort (conscious and subconscious) will be devoted to trying to meet these basic needs.

4. Know your passions
Do you know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life? Obstacles like doubt and lack of enthusiasm can hinder you. Decide what you truly want and do not let anything derail your chance to become the person you want to be. Express yourself and think about people that inspire you.

5. Live from the inside out
Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most of us it's hard to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own home. In my case I often just sit in a dimly lit room and play some classical music. Sometimes, the only quiet place is the bathroom! Try to find that quiet place to think and reflect, even if it is only for a few minutes.

6. Capitalize on your strengths
What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three. If you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence and help others when you share what you know.

7. Serve others
When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose you will find that giving of your talents to the world around you comes naturally. You give back by serving others. The rewards for sharing your gifts with others are immeasurable.

Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that is worth it. The difference between leading a routine life and the life we have dreamed of lies within ourselves and our ability to continually change for the better. You have to start somewhere and these seven ideas should help you get the ball rolling.

Author's Bio: 

I was born in the summer of 1955, in a Soddy on the Great Plains, in the …oh wrong story.

My friends call me they call me Robin, Dr Robin, the Blindguy and Dr Blindguy.
I am married to Kathy and have two grown daughters out of the house (25 and 26) and two daughters in the house, 15 and 16 and a grandaughter 9 and a grandson 14 months old, that live with me on 2.2 acres in Hills, Iowa.

“Dr. Robin”, the well known MLM Radio personality is an Eagle Scout and 24 year U.S. Army and Army Reserves veteran. While still in the Army, he began building his “honorary” doctorate in the Network Marketing world. He built a huge Amway organization in the tens of thousands. He later was a top producer at A.L. Williams and has had experience in numerous other network marketing companies. He is a nationally recognized expert in the network marketing business with the following credentials: Certified Network Marketing Instructor since 2005, Certified Network Marketing Mentor since 2005, Certified Network Marketing Scholar since 2006, Certified Master Network Marketer since 2007. Dr. Robin is also considered an ambassador for network marketing as well as serving in the capacity of policing the companies that do not positively represent the industry. Dr. Robin has been the host of several radio shows (KEN I, KDEF, KKIM, KQAK, ). He is currently involved in five network marketing uplines with thousands of distributors in his organization.

Did we forget to mention; he has done all of this in the past several years and Dr. Robin is blind? Dr. Robin is the current host of his radio show, "Networking with the Blindguy" with up to 3.8 million listeners. Dr. Robin will consult with the company on the content and ongoing evaluation of our 600+ Business Opportunities at Internet Marketing Gorillas and serve as the host and training guru of Internet Marketing Gorillas Radio show called Gorilla Talk Radio.