Low self-esteem is difficult to change because its roots are deeply embedded and feel like the “truth.” In fact, low self-esteem is simply a result of “habits of mind” or self-attitudes that we have developed from childhood and carried into adolescence and adulthood. These negative self-attitudes can be changed by recognizing that they are based on distortions from the past and in learning how to replace our negative self-thoughts with self-beliefs based on our actual capacities and positive qualities. This process is based on self-reflection but in most cases also requires expert guidance. However, you can initiate this process on your own by becoming curious and aware of your inner thoughts and feelings. Use a journal to keep track of your reflections on a daily basis. Identify the negative thoughts and feelings you have about yourself and try to determine where these negative thoughts stem from in your past. The next step is difficult to accomplish on your own but involves evaluating the current accuracy of your negative self-evaluation and deciding what is really true about you now.