It’s often said that self-esteem is the key to happiness and success. In fact, so much has been said about the importance of building self-worth. However, how does one do that?
Why do people have low self-esteem? It stems from a lack of self-awareness – not knowing who they really are.
How many of us wish to be taller, slimmer and smarter? The list goes on. Flip through any beauty magazine and you see advertisements for products that give you shiny hair or beautiful skin. And, you’re promised that looking good on the outside is the key to success.
However, is wishing we were someone else, a mark of true confidence?
I came across this quote recently, “The greatest success is successful self-acceptance.”
Self-acceptance comes when we understand that we are all spirit-souls.
The soul is indestructible. It can’t be burnt by fire, withered by wind, moistened by water or killed by any weapons.
If you knew that you were indestructible, wouldn’t you have high self-confidence?
The Greek philosopher, Socrates, when caught by prosecutors who asked him, “How do you want to be killed?”
“You would have to catch me first,” Socrates replied confidently and fearlessly.
“But, by that time, I would be long gone.”
The prosecutors looked at each other confused, because they had already caught him.
Socrates understood his true nature. All the prosecutors had caught was his physical body. They could destroy his body but not him, the spirit-soul. That understanding of his true identity as the spirit-soul gave him that confidence.
Hence, when one understands one’s identity as the spirit-soul and not the material body, confidence will come naturally.
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