Improve Your Self-Esteem by Making Your Own Decisions

By Rhena Branch, Rob Willson

Part of Boosting Self-Esteem For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Try taking this exercise, which isn’t necessarily about making a good decision but about making one independently. The chances are that you can deal with the outcome of your own decisions just as effectively as when you allow others to make them for you.

If you undervalue your own judgement on a regular basis, try following these steps:

  1. Identify a decision-making opportunity (no matter how small).

  2. Set a time limit for making a decision. (Don’t give yourself too much time or you just hum and haw.)

  3. Resist seeking reassurance that you’ve made the right choice.

  4. Assess the outcome.