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Ch-5: Develop Your Self-Worth and Self-Confidence

Chapter Overview and Contents

Tom G. Stevens PhD
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Chapter Contents:
 What is the essence of self-worth? 

How do we develop a positive body image and self-concept?

How do we love ourselves despite all our faults--Learning self-acceptance? 

 How do we get self-confidence?


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Chapter Epilog:

Self-esteem is like a mountain stream that begins with a small spring
and ends in a mighty river.
The small spring begins in our Higher Self with empathy
for our own and other's feelings.
Empathy forms a basis for unconditional self-love and
unconditional love of others.
Empathy and love are constant sources of positive thoughts and feelings.

Unconditional self-worth is not dependent upon who we are,
what we do, what we have, or what anyone thinks about us. 
If we have self-worth, then self-confidence is a bonus.

Self-confidence is based upon our belief that we have 
the right motivation, knowledge, and skills to reach our goals.
The best kind of self-confidence is knowing that
we have the basic motivation and ability to learn in any situation.
What began as empathy and unconditional self-love
forms the basis for self-confidence in all areas of life.
That self-caring and self-confidence provides the power of a mighty river
for overcoming life's logjams.


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