We can be our own worst critic. Our ego, which operates out of fear, crafts up ways to help us avoid looking honestly at ourselves. But, shuffling between avoidance and resistance keeps us stuck. Our potential for transformation lies in facing what's hidden in our closets. This is the alchemy for increasing our self-esteem as we begin to live openly with greater awareness of ourselves. This requires a willingness to ‘go there’, while kindly reminding ourselves that we’re always doing the best with what we know at the time.