The sea is a place where we sometimes feel so small and unimportant given the vastness and size that it embodies.
But the sea is also a place where we can become aware of ourselves and find and build our self-confidence.
How can we try to strengthen our self-esteem with the help of the sea, this self-esteem, which is so important to lead an authentic life?
Space of self-development and security
We need an environment that is in tune with us, that appeals to our senses, resonating with us.
The sea can be such a place.
With its salty air, the waves and the wide horizon, it gives us peace, but also a feeling of security, a retreat where we can go to be with us and our thoughts and feelings.
This safe space does not only refer to a place, but also to an environment, a community of people.
People who give us courage, give advice and motivate us to pursue our goals and dreams.
People who help us to develop and who believe in us and our abilities, especially in situations where we are threatening to lose faith in ourselves.
People we can trust.
But before we trust others it is important that we are able to trust ourselves.
“He who has confidence experiences miracles every day“
Experience creates basic trust
We can build this confidence in ourselves and in the world by gaining experience.
When we leave our comfort zone and also try something new, we get afterwards more strength and more self-confidence.
Going into the sea, for example when sailing, surfing or swimming, we can learn how it feels to deal with the elements, with unforeseen circumstances and forces of nature that are stronger than ourselves.
We can learn how to get to our destination despite adverse wind, currents and tide conditions, how to master a wave that may cause you some anxiety due to its size.
It is precisely those fears that gnaw at our self-confidence that we have to deal with.
Facing fears, leaving our comfort zone and gaining experience gives us a basic confidence in ourselves and in the world.
Later, when new fears reappear, we can remember those experiences and take them as pictures from our memories. A picture that despite fears we managed to solve the situation or the problem.
“Throw away your fears, rely on your inner resources, trust life, and it will reward you. You can do more than you think. “
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
The courage not to be perfect
Being by the sea also means being able to be yourself.
There is no need to present yourself perfectly or to do anything special.
Just walk along the beach, walk barefoot through the water, let the wind blow through your hair, just be yourself.
It is always good at the sea as it is, you are enough.
For self-confidence it is important to forgive your own shortcomings and mistakes, to be more compassionate with yourself.
Not everything has to be perfect to be good.
Even on misty and rainy days, we can still draw so much strength from the environment of the sea.
It takes courage to be vulnerable and imperfect, but it opens the hearts and doors of others who will feel encouraged to be vulnerable as well.
This experience frees us from the fear of not being good enough.
It creates compassion for oneself and others and leads to an appreciation of others and of ourselves.
„Imagine and you will achieve it, dream it and you will become it, trust yourself because you know more than you believe.“
Be aware of your values
Each person is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses.
It is so important to know and be aware of them, to think about which things you can do well, or where something has worked well in the past, or if a particular problem has been well resolved.
It is also important that you focus on your strengths and how you can build and improve them, how to solve a problem or improve your situation.
If we look at the flora and fauna of the sea, we can observe the uniqueness of this marine world.
Again, every animal, every plant, every organism has a strength with which it can exist in the ecosystem.
One is a particularly fast swimmer, the other has special sensory organs with which to track down his prey, the other has optimal camouflage to ambush or not immediately become the hunter’s victim.
Organisms also enter into a symbiosis to support themselves as a unit with their respective strengths as a team.
Being aware of these individual strengths creates the foundation for self-confidence.
This inner compass, by which we act, leads with the help of the strengths and the knowledge of one’s own values to an authentic life and to a peace in ourselves.
Knowing your own values is like the compass of a boat with which you align yourself, your strengths are like the sails you set on your journey through the ocean of life.
„You have to set the sails in the infinite wind, only then will we feel which way we are capable. “
Follow your intuition
In order to listen to our inner voice, we need a way to bring our thoughts to life, even though they often circle in our heads and often consist of self-limiting beliefs, creating a sense of inferiority.
Being in the element of water can stop this thought carousel and leaves room to perceive the inner voice.
The stimulus of all senses by the sea makes us feel rather than think.
This voice that makes us aware of our dreams and desires.
You can feel if your current life still agrees with these wishes or if you should change something.
Following this intuition, trusting it to guide us on the right path creates basic trust and self-confidence.
Following this inner voice brings us into harmony with ourselves and the world.
Satisfaction arises when we follow that voice and use our minds to navigate our way, to master problems and tasks on this journey to our dreams.
The sea of trust lies within you.
You have to give yourself the space to experience it and have the courage to free it.
„Happiness is for those who are self-sufficient. For all the external sources of happiness and enjoyment are by nature highly uncertain, unfortunate, transitory, and subject to chance. “