Self-esteem, or how you see and perceive yourself, is no doubt an integral part of your success in your career and on the job. The beliefs and opinions you have about yourself affects the decisions you make, how you pursue happiness, and how much you like and value yourself--and those with whom you work.

Self-esteem relates directly to self-worth and confidence, and can play a huge role in how you treat others--and how they treat you.

Naturally, if your self-esteem has reached critically low levels, you'll find it extremely difficult to enjoy things you like and interacting with people, whether in personal or professional settings, will become an obstacle that is hard to overcome.

No one deserves to feel hopeless or worthless. It ultimately benefits you to take powerful steps towards boosting your self-esteem, because it is a direct pathway to your success and happiness on and off the job.

If you have already tried every existing method to feel greater self-worth, consider research conducted by Kristina L. Steiner at Denison University in Ohio. According to Steiner, writing about chapters in your life will lead to a boost in your self-esteem. These chapters, which are part of your life story, are comprised of your life goals, personality traits, values, and identity.

The way these chapters are written may vary--as a post to the British Psychological Society Research Digest blog explains, "One person's narrative identity might be a barely formed story at the edge of their consciousness, whereas another person might literally write out their past and future in a diary or memoir."

Participants in Steiner's study were asked to complete questionnaires that measured self-esteem, self-concept clarity, mood, and more. Half of the participants were then asked to write four details chapters about their lives, while the other group was asked to write about four famous Americans. Afterward, all participants retook the psychological measures completed at the beginning of the study.

Those who wrote life chapters were revealed to display "small, but statistically significant, increases to their self-esteem, whereas the control-group participants did not." It did not matter whether these chapters were mostly positive or negative.

When we systematically review our lives through writing, we get the chance to reflect, and "enhance the self, even in the absence of increased self-concept clarity and meaning."

Need more confidence? Try picking up a pen.

Published on: May 16, 2019
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