Experiencing Low Self Esteem And Confidence Now Is The Time To Help Yourself Grow And Gain A Healthy Self Esteem And Become More Confident!
Self Help Self Esteem And Self Confidence
One of the most important things in life that you should do is allow yourself to reach and experience your full potential but so many of us don’t experience this.
The cause usually behind this is to a point lacking in confidence and self esteem. When these contributing factors of low self esteem and lack of confidence it is hard to achieve anything.
More than likely you have chosen to read this article as you can relate to it or know some one that is. Regardless by reading this article you can gain insights to understanding the difference between self confidence and self esteem and how you can improvise and make changes to yourself.
What is the difference between self esteem and confidence?
There is a difference between confidence and esteem.
Self-esteem in a nutshell is how one feels and thinks about ones self. It is, in a sense, your feeling/appraisal of self worth and separated from external aspects.
Self confidence refers to how you feel concerning factors externally (i.e. i.e. behaviour, and relates to feelings regarding encountering scenarios and talking before others. It relates to self trust of your personal capabilities and your ability to learn.
As pointed out previously they are different, one is connected with feelings and thinking to internal aspects i.e. esteem and the other relates to external factors i.e. confidence. You can experience these on a broad spectrum of low to high i.e. confidence and esteem.
To be completely confident within yourself can be good, and you see this in go-getters and self starters, people that can display ideas of their own and are hard to intimidate.
Dare devils are people that display high levels of self confidence, and their mind set is that fear is only a challenge and they can defeat it.
People with high self esteem are usually seen as arrogant. However it isn’t usually true that they believe they are superior, it’s simply that they value themselves as worthy individuals. Healthy levels of self-esteem naturally leads to healthy levels of self confidence.
Low Self Esteem
People that usually have low self esteem usually will lack self confidence. When you don’t value yourself to be worth other people’s attention it has a knock on effect on your mental state.
When loss of self esteem is experienced people may suffer from mental disorders or depression.
It’s hard to accomplish things you set out to do when you lack self confidence because along the way all the negatives – criticisms, set backs, etc – all seem matter more.
Confident people don’t place much attention on those things, they just carry on as they planned. Once you start to worry the focus is lost and failure is experienced, then the emotions and behaviours that are negative are further instilled. Once you are in this vicious cycle it is hard to break free.
Demands of Society
We human beings are always on the lookout to improve ourselves. Our society has created standards of what is the norm and what isnt.
People can experience pressure from their communities when they are experiencing bouts of low self esteem, they are expected to be able to deal with it on a better level. For sufferers this becomes a nightmare.
Once you’ve experience self consciousness and low self-esteem it becomes a field of worry and neurotic thinking. Is this person looking at me because I look silly? I am talking the right way? So more thoughts and questions will run across your mind getting you into a state where you will find it hard to communicate.
When we see others interacting with people that appears normal we put pressure on ourselves to do the same.
But in truth most other people also suffer to a degree some self consciousness and doubt, they themselves are putting on a strong face.
You need to realize this and that your worries are blown way out of proportion, stop occupying your mind with these thoughts and you’ll actually be able to use some of that focus on the conversation.
Is it in your mind. You can set yourself free.
The cycle of low self-esteem reinforcement as described above is a catch 22 situation. With each failure that is experienced your confidence and self esteem start to diminish and an increase in negativity is experienced as you set yourself new tasks and the result is failure once again. The cycle is hard to break and is destructive.
The Effects of The Destructive Cycle
And there is more. Once you start experiencing this negativity it can lead to depression which in turn will start to have an affect on all different areas of your life.
In effect it will affect you in regards to family and friends, hobbies and other areas of your life. When this happens it becomes even more difficult to break free from the cycle because when you are depressed simply attempting to do anything becomes a challenge in itself.
With less action there naturally is less chance of you succeeding in something. The longer you leave everything the harder it will be to get back on track.
Breaking The Destructive Cycles
But there are alternatives. What is needed is a friend who can be a mentor who does understand you and what you are experiencing.
When you’re stuck in a cycle you need someone to throw a spanner into it to break it. So once this help is to hand you can start to break the cycle and you will find that you are getting somewhere.
So you can regain a healthy inner self that you were born with and gain confidence once you start putting everything into perspective.
By practising this process you will discover lessons. When you have re-established your inner self you will avoid repeating the cycle and plan better for your well being.
Gerard MacInnes was a person who suffered for a long time with self esteem especially through out the teenage years and this resulted in him having no confidence to pursue his ambitions. Gerard has worked hard to regain what he lost and has assisted many others with similar issues.
For further information for self esteem go to www.self-esteem-nase.org