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FREMONT, CA: Although self-confidence is described as part of the self-awareness process, there is a correlation with self-esteem and self-efficacy. In this sense, it is relevant to clarify the difference among these concepts. Self-confidence is the trust in one's ability to reach a goal. It is a skill that makes you believe in yourself, trusting you are capable of achieving any task, despite all odds and difficulties. People who are self-confident may be more willing to take on new challenges as well as taking responsibility for their actions or failures. Many psychologists tend to consider that the concept of self-confidence is related to a broader perception about an individual's overall capability. Self-confidence guides to successful experience, and successful experience brings us self-esteem.
Self-esteem is an evaluation of one's own value. It is a personal judgment of the worthiness that is expressed in the attitudes people hold towards themselves, which serves as a thermometer of social acceptance.People who have high self-esteem are not worried about how they are being perceived by others. The reason for this is because rejection is something they are not familiar with. On the other hand, those having low self-esteem think that public judgment is crucial for them to succeed. There is a need for frequent validation from society.
There are ways to overcome this irrational belief of “not good enough” by strengthening self-confidence and self-esteem. Try not to compare yourself to other experienced professionals. Try to work with students, for instance, it could help you to realize how far you have come and how much knowledge you have gained and developed along your journey. Make an accurate self-assessment about your own abilities. We all have areas where we are very good at and areas we need to improve on. Like a diary, make a list of your strengths and the areas you need further development. It's important to take time to appreciate and feel proud of yourself. Learn to celebrate your achievements and victories. To overcome this feeling of “not good enough” or “fraud”, talk to someone, such as a mentor or a professor that could help to reframe the way you see your achievements and successes.
Self-confidence is an ability and as such it can be practiced, trained, and developed. It is about persistence and repetition. However, it is also about getting to know your own desires and motivations, in this sense, to build the self-confidence you need to go through a complete self-awareness process. Some steps you could take during the self-confidence building process are: Do not accept failure, Stop the negative self-talk, Start doing self-affirmation, Control your emotions, Practice self-assessment.