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Build Your Self Esteem with These Helpful Books

Learn how to think highly of yourself again.

Self-esteem is something we are all born with, don’t lie, you know it’s true. Think back to a time when you were young and energetic, your parents probably had to constantly put you in your place for talking as if you were some big shot.

It is not until we came into further contact with society, be it through school, work, and, most recently, social media that we realize just how big the world really is, how many amazing people are out there, and just how plain and ordinary most of us really are.

But don’t let those realization get you down in the slightest, there are just so many qualities that are unique to you as a person and deserve to be celebrated. These books on self-esteem teach you how to be appreciative of yourself once again, your flaws and qualities equally to finally accept yourself, wholly, as an individual, check them out.

#1 THE REAL 13TH STEP by Tina Tessina Ph.D.

THE REAL 13TH STEP by Tina Tessina Ph.D.
“The Real Thirteenth Step is a powerful exercise and information-packed manual to accompany the journey of people in recovery. Readers will learn how to develop the three central skills of true autonomy-risk taking, problem solving, and coping with failure-and how to apply them to every aspect of their lives: relationships, work, decision-making, stress, and the temptations of addiction.

Discover the six steps necessary to create real inner change: techniques so powerful, they’re called magical tools. These tools are taught through exercises proven in therapy and workshops to help clients gain control of their lives and remain free of relapse.

With the exercises and guidelines in this book, readers can learn what they need to complete their recovery and achieve self-confidence and autonomy. Dr. Tessina invites you to move beyond recovery to a satisfying life of joy and healthy relationships. ”

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#2 World Premiere of Me by Fred Ford

World Premiere of Me by Fred Ford
The World Premiere of Me is a roadmap to show readers how to build more than just self-esteem, but also to learn to expand and succeed in the world. This work of fiction is also an exciting and entertaining read as well.

The book is about Hollywood billionaire movie producer Grayson O’Day has a plan to rid the world of poverty through the power of imagination. He relocates his operation from Hollywood to The Hamptons, and spends a small fortune to build a prototype movie studio. With construction complete, O’Day needs only one thing to fulfil his vision: a test subject.

The World Premiere of Me is the story of Duncan Ferris and his unlikely journey from classic underachiever to forerunner of the final age of man: The Age of Mind. The broad theme of the story is: God has a plan to rid the world of poverty, and that plan travels through the imagination of man.

The story is told as an allegory, wherein all the main characters represent one aspect of the theme. These include Grayson O’Day (God), protagonist Duncan Ferris (man), antagonist Fenton Hardaway (death), and Bud “The Colonel” Stratton (reason). Much of the action takes place in Eternal Sunset Productions studio, which represents the Mind of Man and within the studio there is a 22-acre section known as The Unchartered Territories, which represents Imagination.

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#3 Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness by Gabrielle Bernstein

Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness by Gabrielle Bernstein
I love this book. It helped me love myself and my life situation in so many ways. I’ve always struggled with anxiety, and after losing my Dad, this along with the meditations included in the book helped me manage myself and my emotions well. It helped me to work through self-limiting beliefs and introduced me to the beautiful world of meditation. I now suggest it to all my clients and frequently re-read it!

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#4 Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day by Jas Rawlinson

Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day by Jas Rawlinson
I wrote this book to give hope, insight, and practical self-help tips to people (particularly women) who have faced severe adversity or mental illness, and who are searching for relatable lived-experience stories from other women who have found a way to overcome their darkness. Topics include eating disorders/body image issues, chronic illness, domestic violence, disabilities, and sexual-orientation.

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#5 It All Begins with “I” by Stuart K. Robinson

It All Begins with
Stuart K Robinson shows you how to live the life you’ve always wanted to like by getting rid of obstacles that hold you back and stop you from being your best self and living your best life be it self esteem, fear, or non-productive thoughts. And how to do it now! He gives you his New Rules of Thinking and Simple Secrets to being a better you.

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#6 It Ends with You by Tina B. Tessina

It Ends with You by Tina B. Tessina
In 35 years of counselling people in recovery, licensed psychotherapist Tina Tessina has worked with many clients struggling with similar problems-anxiety, depression, feeling out of control, relationship disasters, and a pervasive feeling that they don’t know what normal is. No matter how old they are, they don’t feel like they’ve really grown up.

They never learned the confidence, self-motivation, and emotional management tools they need to live healthy, happy lives, because their families didn’t provide good role models, structure, and information. The exercises and guidelines in It Ends With You will help you finally understand what a functional family is, how its members are still affected by early experience, and how to develop the skills necessary for successful living and loving.

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#7 The Ten Smartest Decisions A Woman Can Make after Forty by Tina B Tessina Ph.D.

The Ten Smartest Decisions A Woman Can Make after Forty by Tina B Tessina Ph.D.
In mid-life, many women find themselves in new circumstances. Women with grown children discover more free time or consider returning to school, or a new career. Movers and shakers may want to consider the possibility of setting up their own businesses. Women of all sorts will find themselves thrust into the role of caretakers to their parents and grandparents. This practical and effective book helps them map their options and outline their strategies for taking complete control of their lives.

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#8 Thee Art of Me by Phyllis G Williams

Thee Art of Me by Phyllis G Williams
In Thee Art of Me, readers are encouraged to take an honest look at their experiences and reflect on the impact of those experiences through journaling.. Thee Art of Me has strategies such as affirmations, goal setting in relationships, and creating a list of things that you like about yourself. This is not your typical self-help book since it uses poetry, short stories, and haikus to address and improve your relationship with yourself. If you are looking to be the best version of yourself, despite some of life hardships.

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#9 You Are Worthy by Julee Hunt

You Are Worthy by Julee Hunt
A guide for the overwhelmed perfectionist struck a chord with me as I left my consulting job in Europe and moved back home. With 8 years of experience in 3 countries and 2 languages, I couldn’t seem to get anyone to respond to my job applications. Feeling low and wholly unconfident in myself, I read this book knowing I wasn’t alone in feeling this way – in tying my entire worth as a human to my career. Hunt shares personal stories and tools that helped me find my own worthiness again and start my own business.

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#10 Hope: Finding the Path Toward Happiness, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Enjoyment by Wanny Huynh

Hope: Finding the Path Toward Happiness, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Enjoyment by Wanny Huynh
In HOPE: Finding the Path toward Happiness, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Enjoyment, Huynh reflects on escaping a life of poverty and slavery in Vietnam and using tough memories as a reminder that there’s no obstacle too great to prevent anyone from achieving their dreams.

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#11 Buddy and Bea by Len Saunders

Buddy and Bea by Len Saunders
This book is truly inspirational and moving. The reader feels empowered after finishing the book. It is such a heart-warming story of love, friendship and the circle of life. The story is told in a way that touches your heart, but in a happy way. Even though it is a picture book, parents also enjoy the story. It has beautiful and colourful artwork which keeps you absorbed in the moment! Once you read the story, it will enlighten you, inspire you, and improve your self worth and esteem. You will instantly fall in love with the main characters of the book.

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#12 Connect: How to Love and Accept Yourself After Divorce by Dawn Burnett

Connect: How to Love and Accept Yourself After Divorce by Dawn Burnett
Connect is a foolproof plan to heal your heart, pinpoint your true dreams and desires, and find a meaningful and lasting authentic love for self. The 11 relatable stories take readers on a journey showing them how they can push past fears and struggles and build their confidence, so they can live the life they’ve been dreaming of.

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#13 What to Say When You Talk to Your Self by Shad Helmstetter Ph.D.

What to Say When You Talk to Your Self by Shad Helmstetter Ph.D.
This book helped me tremendously when I was going through a rough time. I was searching for a way to work on my mindset and I needed a boost in confidence. I came across the book on social media. I’d never heard of it before but the title alone pushed me to order a copy that week! When I tell you this book was a game-changer for me, that’s an understatement.

For me, it really helped me dissect and understand where some of the mental negativity I was dealing with came from. I used to be a person who complained a lot and didn’t speak life (speak positively) when dealing with challenging situations.

This book changed that for me. I was able to really dig into how my thoughts came to be and how they impacted my life. Since reading the book, I’ve been able to let go of that negative self-talk that I was conditioned into as a child/teen. I think that people will find that when they read the book, their self-esteem will get the boost it needs because they’re really working on letting go of thoughts that no longer serve them.

I’m more optimistic now and I’m able to help others start to be more thoughtful in how they talk to themselves when no one is around. The book was easy to read and gave very practical advice that I still use today. I love it so much, I recommend it to my coaching clients and have often purchased copies and sent them to friends and clients!

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#14 Battle Endurance by Nate Battle

Battle Endurance by Nate Battle
“If you are searching for a tool to help you sift through the noise and find your true self-esteem, this is your book. It lays out a roadmap on how you can look beyond challenges, expectations, and facades to be your true self.

It was written with the idea that readers can replace the challenges presented with your own, being able to see yourself while learning how to let go, work through conflict, obstacles, and difficulties and limiting negative self-talk, one step, action, moment and battle at a time. It speaks to how we are at times distracted by false beliefs and faulty thinking. Shared are many stories, and approaches on letting go, how to live in the present and having a full and more peaceful life.

It’s engaging and relatable while including an honest selection of experiences readers of all ages will find as useful tools to help live a full life. “This book puts language around so many feelings I had. It also reminds me of a place of peace that must be maintained for me to avoid those pitfalls.” A book which motivational speaker Les Brown calls instructive, informative, and inspiring … a guide to live your life victoriously.” ”

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Contributors to this article
Tina Tessina from Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D

Michelle Gamble from 3L Publishing

Helen Sian India from Helen Sian India

Jas Rawlinson from JasRawlinson

Claudia Sloan from Tallfellow Press

Tina Tessina from Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D

Phyllis Williams from N/A

Christina Albe from Haus von Albe

Wanny Huynh from WannyHuynh

Julie Collins from N/A

Dawn Burnett from A New Dawn Natural Solutions, Inc

Havilland Maxwell from Havilland Creative Group, LLC

Nate Battle from Nate Battle Coach

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