Self-confidence and self-esteem are pretty popular terms when it comes to self-help or personal development. The question is, are they different things are the same thing?
I think the answer is yes to both of those questions.
I think that self-esteem clearly deals with how you see yourself. Do you think you are smart or stupid? Do you think you are pretty or ugly? Do you think you are successful or not? And so on.
And I think that self-confidence is basically having a strong belief that you can do anything or conquer anything that you want.
That is how I think that the two of them are different.
However, I think that they are the same in that you need one to have the other. If you have bad self-esteem you are probably going to have low self-confidence. And the same applies in reverse. So, while they are different at their core, they are so closely connected that they are not really all that different.
And they might even be part of something else – self-worth. You could say that self-esteem and self-confidence are the peas in the self-worth pod.
If anyone has any thoughts on this that they would like to share, please feel free to add them.