How to Keep from Losing Your Confidence and Self Esteem when Everything’s Going Wrong in Your Life
 
by Glenn Shepard
May 31, 2016

Category:  Personal and Professional Development

 
   

 

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Dear Glenn,

    Don’t mean to nitpick, but the PS in your 5/24/16 newsletter was from the 5/17/16 issue. Need a new editor?

Rhonda in Klamath Falls, OR

Dear Rhonda,

     That’s not nitpicking, and is another perfect example of how every job looks easier from the outside than it really is. The problem isn’t editing, it’s an HTML coding and formatting issue. We now use 5 servers to get this newsletter delivered to 24 countries every week (InfusionSoft, 1 Shopping Cart, iContact, ConstantContact, and ARP3), and just added a sixth (arpReach).
     We send a maximum of 2 emails per week, the Tuesday newsletter and a promotion for my latest book, CD, DVD course, etc. on Thursdays. It takes nearly a full time IT person to jump through all the hoops to send 2 simple emails, and keeps getting more challenging.
     Thanks for noticing!

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There are times in life when it feels like you have the golden touch, because everything’s going right.

You get a big raise, your marriage is perfect, your kids are on the honor roll, you’re at your ideal body weight, and the only thing you want is for nothing to change.

In times like these, your self-confidence and self-esteem will be at an all-time high.

But even when you’re doing everything right, sometimes everything goes wrong.

Your marriage gets shaky, your kids can’t stay out of trouble, you keep gaining weight even though you’re eating right and exercising, and your career suddenly takes a nose dive.

If you’re like 80% of the population, your confidence and self-esteem will also take a nose dive.

There’s a word for that 80%. They’re called “Normal”.

Unfortunately, this is what “normal” looks like in America today:


- According to a recent Money Magazine article, 52% of men and 63% of women have saved less than $10,000 for retirement

- According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 2/3 of Americans are overweight

- In his book “You Can Be RIGHT or You Can Be Married”, author Dana Adam Shapiro estimates that only 17% of marriages are happy ones


As financial guru Dave Ramsey says, “Normal sucks”.

But then there’s the other 20% of the population that handles things differently when life isn’t going the way they want it to.

They understand that the most important thing you can do to get yourself back on top when you’re at a low point in your life is to keep your self-confidence and self-esteem high.

This is the vicious Catch 22.

When you’re not winning in life, your self-confidence and self-esteem tend to be low. And the lower your self-confidence and self-esteem are, the harder it is to win.

What separates winners from losers isn’t that they never lose; it’s that they never lose their self-confidence and self-esteem even when they’re not winning.

The big question is, “How do you keep your self-confidence and self-esteem high when you’re at a low point in your life?”

Tune in for next Tuesday’s issue of this newsletter for the answer.



To Your Success,

Glenn Shepard
Glenn Shepard

 

P.S. The P.S. in last week’s article should have read: “I was reminded of the importance of addressing details in estate planning after I first wrote about this back in 2013. My Beautiful Bride and I are leaving our entire estate to St. Jude’s. Although they know our wills are in a safe deposit box, I didn’t think about giving them copies. Without copies, they might not have been able to get the bank to let them into our safe deposit box and access the originals.”


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