Who doesn’t? When we think of the word “esteem” in general, we visualize holding something or someone in high regard. You treat it well. So self-esteem means that you value yourself and hold yourself in high regard.
Self-confidence can spring from self-esteem, and they usually go hand in hand. When you think highly of you and consider yourself as worthy of respect, then you have confidence in yourself. It doesn’t mean that you don’t recognize your flaws and quirks, but you know that overall you’re just as important and just as worthy as the next person.
You can have self-confidence and a measure of pride without hurting others. Show balance in your attitude, and then you’re sure to have self-confidence and self-esteem without being too prideful.
None of this is to suggest that you suffer from low self-esteem. A healthy reassessment of our attitudes, values, goals and reputation keeps our actions aligned with our intentions.
Let’s explore two ways you can build your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Know yourself. Along life’s journey, we pick up habits. Habits picked up at age 21 may not be helpful at age 30, but they are comfortable. At some point, we need to review and adjust habits and lifestyles that are not longer beneficial. The same goes for knowing your capabilities and motivations.
Self-knowledge builds self-confidence. Set aside some time to reflect on your goals and whether they are compatible with your current capabilities.
While you are in the mood, think about what motivates you to pursue your goals. It might sound strange but listen to your self-talk. What do you tell yourself about you? Is it a positive conversation? The more objective your review, the better you'll know yourself.
Be prepared. Nothing will contribute to your success more than preparation. Approach your goals and projects knowing you are fully prepared, and your self-esteem and self-confidence will soar.
- Do the work.
- Anticipate eventualities.
- Get perspectives from all angles.
- Acquire the necessary knowledge.
- Put in the development time.
- Visualize positive outcomes.
Life is a stage. When it is your turn to step into the “spotlight” you can expect success because you are prepared and ready.
Know that you can boost your self-esteem.