Some people argue that one of our main problems is a lack of self-esteem, and that we need to focus exclusively on our good qualities in order to boost our self-confidence. It is true that to make authentic spiritual progress we need to develop confidence in our spiritual potential, and to acknowledge and improve our good qualities. However, we also need a clear and realistic awareness of our present faults and imperfections. If we are honest with ourself we will recognized that at the moment our mind is filled with defilements such as anger, attachment, and ignorance. These mental diseases will not go away just by our pretending that they do not exist. The only way we can ever get rid of them is by honestly acknowledging their existence and then making the effort to eliminate them.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)