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Prompts to Build Unshakable Self-Esteem

Break free from self-doubt and foster deep self-trust.

Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire within ourselves. Are we living in line with reality or denying its aspects? Are we taking responsibility for the future or hiding from it? This guide will use a free-flow writing technique to help you tap into your subconscious mind and unearth deep wisdom from within you.

The technique you are about to try requires you to step outside your mind. It relies on using incomplete sentences, called sentence stems, which act as prompts.

Sentence completion exercises such as this allow you to bypass any patterns of automatic thought that may have formed over the years and, by doing so, connect more deeply with more authentic aspects of yourself.

How does it work?

Take a moment to connect with the sentence stem. Sit still and center yourself. Remove distractions and set the intention to focus your attention on your journaling practice. 

Once ready, rapidly write down as many completions to the stem as possible. I aim for 6-10.

When you feel ready, try completing the following sentence stems:

1. To me, self-responsibility means…

2. Independence to me means…

3. Thinking for myself means…

4. Trusting my own mind means…

5. If any of what I wrote here is true, it might be helpful if I…

Don't worry if your endings are true, make sense, or “profound.” Write anything, but write something. The art of sentence completion is maintaining a high level of mental focus and a lack of internal censorship. Try not to review what you've written until the end of the practice.

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Jan Demiralp

Founder of Inner Compass Academy
Jan founded Inner Compass Academy, an online community focused on helping people manage life transitions by giving them the tools, knowledge, and support to navigate change from an empowered place. He leads free weekly meditative journaling calls each Sunday and offers interactive courses on life design through the Inner Compass community space.

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