David Giller, the founder and director of The Campaign For Positive Development, sees two main causes for the epidemic state of our society:
“These two work hand in hand,” says David. “A higher self-esteem creates a desire to enhance our own well-being and that of others. The more we learn to control stress and pace our daily activities, the more quality time we have to be productive, deal with life’s challenges, and just plain relax.
“Much of the poor self-esteem that we adults experience is a result of how we were treated as children: we were ignored or abused. Many of us visit therapists on a regular basis to try to work out the underlying childhood experiences blocking our paths to personal growth. Studies show that unless we come to experience self-esteem and learn to pass it on to today’s children, the next generation will be less prepared than we are to handle the increasing demands of life on this planet.”
Enhanced Self-Esteem as a Goal
What is self-esteem? Mr. Giller begins by asking: “How do you feel about the person that you are? How concerned are you about your own well-being? And what steps are you willing to take to make your life, and the lives of others, the best they can be?” These questions begin the query into our emotional well-being. The development process often goes on for years until finally there is an acceptance of the self as a part of life’s “imperfect perfection.” By accepting ourselves, all of our life lessons become positive experiences.
The question we hope to answer in this article is, “How do we pass this on to our children even before we ‘get it’?” Below, David Giller offers ten valuable tips for enhancing a child’s self-esteem beginning today:
What can these guidelines so for our society? According to Mr. Giller: “It will have a profound effect on the future of our country and the entire world. We will all feel better about ourselves. The family unit will be re-established as the center for love on this planet. Children will be more receptive to getting a good education. Violence and drugs will take a back seat to pride and productivity. Fewer accidents and better health will reduce our health care costs—millions of lives and billions of dollars will be saved.”
The promise of tomorrow is created from the blueprint that we are drawing today, especially with our children. Enhanced self-esteem can serve as the catalyst that sparks the return to a safer, saner world. As adults, we should assume the responsibility of creating the environment that will foster this powerful tool for positive growth in our world today.
David Giller is the founder and director of The Campaign For Positive Development