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Growing Your Confidence

By Consuelo (Chit) E. Munar

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”- Helen Keller

Confidence is the “Teflon” that protects us thru our day to day challenges. It’s often in short supply for most people. Individuals are petrified to voice their opinions in public, perform a musical talent, make oral presentations, speak to a higher authority just to mention a few.

Do you want to feel confident 24/7? The dictionary defines self-confidence as freedom of doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities. To me, I define it as believing in yourself. I deem confidence and self esteem are needed to live a happy and healthy life. Self-confidence is satisfaction in oneself and it’s something that can’t be taught. It is up to someone to decide how much belief they possess inside of themselves. No one teaches us to be happy or sad. They are natural feelings that come along as we develop mentally, emotionally and psychologically.

We can say the first step to success is self-confidence. If a person has self-confidence, he/she has won half the battle. At school, or at work, and in their daily life, people who have self-confidence always appear on top of the world. Everything seems to go right for them and they always present themselves in a calm and collected manner.

What makes people self-confident? Is it because they are smarter? Is it because they have more money, or they are luckier! The reality is that none of these things are true. Self-confident people greatly understand the impact of believing in themselves and relying on their abilities.

Before self-confidence sets in, self esteem comes into a primary significant role. Self esteem is defined as confidence in your own merit as an individual. During our growing stage, self esteem is instilled in us. Two types of self esteem are identified. There is High self esteem which is when you feel good about yourself, and then there’s the low self esteem which is when you feel bad about yourself. When family, friends, and society constantly criticize a person, it tends to slowly strip that person of feelings of self-worth. Low self esteem erodes self confidence depriving a person by even making the smallest decisions. Low esteemed individuals think little of themselves and not deserving to be happy.

On the other hand, high self esteem is good most of the time. Some people have too high self esteem that they could come on strong. People may refer to them as “annoying” or “cocky.” Low esteem is still worse than the higher one.

Improving self esteem increases confidence and it’s the first step towards finding happiness and a better life. Individuals with truly high self esteem feel good about themselves. They continue believing in themselves regardless of what others think of them. They possess the emotional freedom and independence from the criticism and approval of others. A self-confident person attracts friendships but commands respect. A self-confident person may be aware of their imperfections but he/she certainly doesn’t allow them to impede him/her from being the person that he/she can be. Without self-confidence sports stars, celebrities, government officials and other people of high stature would never be where they are at today. Without confidence, a person is nothing.









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