Self-esteem, as defined in the dictionary, is “pride in oneself; self-respect.” All too often, young girls who lack self-esteem carry the same subjective view of themselves as they become adult women. What tools can be used to develop pride, self-respect, and self-esteem? One unique way is to utilize the services of a life coach. A life coach is someone who can be objective, provide an honest assessment of ways you can enhance your life, advise you as to how you can build self-esteem and self-respect in all areas of your life, mentor you when facing difficult decisions, and work with you to help you become the person you have always wanted to be. Perhaps you are a person who feels you deserve nothing more than you already have, or too shy to confront issues on a daily basis. Maybe you’ve become so negative in your thinking that you are sabotaging the very thing you want most in life – love, happiness, and respect. Lack of self-esteem closes you to all of the possibilities in life. You act differently, dress in no particular style, and avoid situations which make you uncomfortable. You also may be stressed when confronted with new situations, as any type of change may be literally painful. Lack of self-esteem may drive you to think only of others and put your hopes and dreams on the back burner because you feel it isn’t important. Thus, you are not living for you, but in spite of you. If you have low self-esteem and can’t find a way out, it’s time to get out of your own way and embrace the help and encouragement a life coach can offer. More often than not, a person with low self-esteem finds it difficult to believe there is someone out there who is completely objective and who cares about you. While family members may tell you what they think you need to hear, the life coach will tell you what is true and help you deal with the reality of that truth. A life coach can help you find out who you are as a person, a friend, a colleague, and a partner. Working with a life coach can open up a world you never thought existed. The foundation upon which you have lived your life can be changed for the better. You will become more self-confident at home, at work, in social settings, and in relationships. You will find meaning, focus, and direction. A life coach is analogous to that inner voice telling you to take a chance, realize your full potential, avoid negativity, and become empowered. Why call upon the services of a life coach? Because you are worthy, your life has meaning, and you do matter. Listen to the voice.