MORE IDEAS FROM THE ARTICLE
Set yourself the goal to tolerate compliments when you receive them, even if they make you uncomfortable (and they will). The best way to avoid the reflexive reactions of batting away compliments is to prepare simple set responses and train yourself to use them automatically whenever you get good feedback (e.g., “Thank you” or “How kind of you to say”). In time, the impulse to deny or rebuff compliments will fade — which will also be a nice indication your self-esteem is getting stronger.
When you do what you deep down think is the right thing to do then you raise and strengthen your self-esteem.
It is not always easy to do. Or even to know what the right thing is.
But keeping a focus on it and doing it as best you can makes big difference both in the results you get and for how you think about yourself.