A Cure for Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-brake on.
—Maxwell Maltz

For some of us, low self-esteem is like a low-grade fever, constantly dragging us down. For others, it is a full-fledged plague that robs us of any joy or gratitude for life. If your self-concept could use a boost, read these helpful and empowering words.

Take some inspiration from Maya Angelou. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she was asked why, despite the hardships she faced, she never doubted herself. Her answer was that she came to realize that God loved her, and from that point on, she no longer had doubts. Because if God loves her, how can she doubt herself?

If you want the habit of gratitude to grace your life, it is essential that you develop the belief that you are here on Earth to fulfill some purpose that only you can offer to the world. You are an amazingly rare, totally non-replicable individual with talents and gifts that the world anxiously needs. The more that you experience the truth of your uniqueness and beauty, the more you will feel gratitude for your particular gifts, and the more you will be able to deliver those gifts.

Adapted from Giving Thanks, by MJ Ryan (Conari Press, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by MJ Ryan. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Giving Thanks, by MJ Ryan (Conari Press, 2007).

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Margaret R.
Margaret R.3 years ago

Way off the mark and of very little help to those afflicted with low self esteem.

Teri P.
Teri P.3 years ago

I'm afraid that I agree with Robert H, and not Maya Angelou. Angelou has a successful career as a poet and speaker, and will never again know hardship for as long as she lives. She is surrounded by people who love and respect her. And all of that is because "God loves her". I have a low-level retail job, have a learning disability and will never have any kind of a successful career. I suffer from depression and anxiety. I am trapped and will never have any kind of relief or peace.

But God loves me, so it's all okay. :(

Dina B.
Dina B.3 years ago

Beautiful article, thanks!

Beverly Morgan
Beverly M.3 years ago

I've always had an issue with poor self-esteem, but it always helps that even when I lose faith in myself I never lose faith in the Higher Being who loves me.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Heidi R.
Past Member 3 years ago

Nice thoughts - thanks.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good to know

Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago


Sue H.
Sue H.3 years ago

Liked the last paragraph.

Susie May
Susie May3 years ago