Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Use a Victory Log to Build Self-Esteem

When your inner critic is busy feeding your mind negative messages, it can be hard to maintain strong self-esteem. Keeping a "Victory Log"* reminds you about your accomplishments so you give yourself credit for the positives. Learn how easy it is to set one up and use it to strengthen your belief in yourself and your abilities.

*Special thanks to Judy Robinett, who introduced the term “Victory Log” to me. Judy served as the CEO and President of a publicly-traded biotech company for eight years and now helps obtain funding for start-up companies.
“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity. People who do not experience self-love have little or no capacity to love others.” - Nathaniel Branden, American psychologist (1930- )

“What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.”
- Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher (1817-1862)

“The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself.”
- Dale Carnegie, American author (1888-1955)


  1. I did something like this exercise once, but I don't think I reached 50. But it's a good idea, and I took your suggestion that breaking it into categories would help me remember. And it did! I remembered that when I was 9 years old I led the league in home runs - 6 - in the Neosho, Missouri, Little League system. Because of that, I was selected for the All Star team. As a kid, I was proud of that achievement and it did wonders for my self-esteem. Can't believe I left that off my list!

  2. Denny, so glad you shared your success with using categories. Sometimes it's hard to think of specifics when you have just one large concept. Chunking usually helps. And congratulations on your achievement at age 9!


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