MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 03: Winston Farrar helps paint a mural by artist, Cloe Hakakian, on the side of a building, as the Wynwood neighborhood prepares for the annual Art Basel art fair on December 03, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Artists and art lovers from around the world flock to the Miami area from Dec. 6 to the 9th to visit Art Basel as well as the satellite galleries that pop up throughout the city during the week. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

You can do things to feel better about yourself. It’s never too late.

Here are some tips to raise your self-esteem:

Be with people who treat you well. Some people act in ways that tear you down. Others lift you up by what they say and do. Learn to tell the difference. Choose friends who help you feel OK about yourself. Find people you can be yourself with. Be that type of friend for others.

Say helpful things to yourself. Accept what’s not perfect. It’s always good to do the best you can. But when you think you need to be perfect, you can’t feel good about anything less. Accept your best. Let yourself feel good about that. Ask for help if you can’t get past a need to be perfect.

Set goals and work toward them. If you want to feel good about yourself, do things that are good for you. Make a goal. Then make a plan for how to do it. Stick with your plan. Track your progress. Be proud of what you’ve done so far.

Focus on what goes well.

Give and help. Giving is one the best ways to build self-esteem. Make it a habit to be kind and fair. Do things that make you proud of the kind of person you are. When you do things that make a difference (even a small one) your self-esteem will grow.