Self-esteem and Confidence

Confidence is a belief in oneself, the conviction that one has the ability to meet life’s challenges and to succeed — and the willingness to act accordingly. Being confident requires a realistic sense of one’s capabilities and feeling secure in that knowledge.

Self-confidence is understanding that you trust your own judgment and abilities and that you value
yourself and feel worthy, regardless of any imperfections or of what others may believe about you.
Self-efficacy and self-esteem are sometimes used interchangeably with self-confidence, but they are
subtly different.
We gain a sense of self-efficacy when we see ourselves mastering skills and achieving goals.
However, this encourages us to believe that, if we learn and work hard in a particular area, we’ll
succeed. It’s this type of confidence, that leads people to accept difficult challenges and to keep
going in the face of setbacks.
On the other hand, self-esteem is a more general sense that we can cope with what’s going on in our
lives, and that we have a right to be happy.