Every teenage girl has her own struggles. Many struggle, because they have a negative self- image. Self-esteem is all about the mindset that you have. You get to choose whether you have a positive self-image, or a negative one. The key word being choose.
The way that we look at ourselves determines the level of our confidence. If we want to be strong, we simply must have good self-esteem. This sounds too simple, but really, having good self-esteem is simple. Just not easy. There are many factors that bring us down. We have to overcome them in order to have a healthy self-image.
One factor is comparison. Comparison always leaves you unsatisfied. If you live wishing that you were someone else, you’re not living your life. Just a heads up, there is only one you. You are beautiful just the way you are. People want to be with the real you. It’s never enjoyable to be with someone who is negative.
Comparison is all about making someone else’s mark. Our world seems to have standards that girls must meet in order to be good enough. Maybe you have some zits on your face, or your weight isn’t what you want it to be. Oh, and I forgot to mention that your curves just don’t cut it. Basically, girls compare themselves to models on the front of a magazine cover. They don’t even stop to consider that those models aren’t like that in real life. Makeup and technology changes their original appearance.
Next comes values. We all put our values into something. For example, some girls put all of their worth into their looks. If they have pimples on their face, or their having a bad hair day, then they think that they’re useless. Another example, is that some girls rate themselves based on their grades. If they get a bad grade on a test, then they think they must be stupid. That’s not true! Just thinking like that is degrading. It takes away a lot of joy.
Having good self-esteem is simple. Next time you catch yourself thinking that you’re not good enough, start telling yourself that you’re gorgeous. Go look in the mirror and say “girl, you’re beautiful.” Walk around with your head held high. Be confident. Remember, it’s your choice. Make a good decision. Choose to have a positive self-esteem. You won’t regret it.
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