There is a distinction between self-confidence and self-esteem for a reason; many people confuse the two.

Self-confidence and self-esteem are different from each other.

Self-confidence indicates that you trust yourself and your ability to live productively in the world. A self-confident person is capable of new challenges and is willing to take responsibility for all their actions.

Your confidence is increased as you work and live your life to reach success or failure. Each time you succeed, you reinforce your confidence. If you fail, you also reinforce your capability to move forward and hopefully not look back as if failure was a negative thing, just a learning tool.

To be confident also implies that you have courage, which comes from the heart. Your heart and your mind together support your self-confidence.

Self-esteem is about how you judge yourself. You can have loads of self-confidence until your inner judge says ‘You could have done that better’. You then may ask ‘Am I worthy?’ If you get an inner response that ‘Yes, you are worthy.’, you will dismiss your inner judge; your esteem is intact.

Our emotions get in the way in this instance. Self-esteem is about self and our personal value; self-confidence is about getting the job done. How well we think we got the job down is down to esteem.

Confidence enables you to go after what you want even if you think you are not good enough.

Go after what you want, without stopping to consider how well you will succeed. That aspect, success, is what moves you back to low self-esteem and will prevent you from taking any scarier journeys.

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