Self-esteem is the foundation for success in both business and personal relationships. People with high self-esteem like and respect themselves and expect the same from others. People with low self-esteem tend to undervalue their individuality and achievements, give away their personal power, and allow others to treat them poorly and with a lack of respect. Our self-esteem whether high or low, directly influences the choices we make in our lives. We choose relationships, business and personal, that reflect how we feel about ourselves and how we feel we deserve to be treated. The basic building blocks of self-esteem are: integrity, individuality, connection, personal power, risk-taking, achievement and self-respect. If you are having trouble in any of these areas, it is important to remember that self-criticism and negative thinking are learned behaviors that can be changed. By learning to treat yourself kindly, avoid negative relationships, and make choices that help you feel good about yourself, you can increase your self-esteem and self-respect.