How Do You Define Self-Esteem? This Is One Way:
Self-esteem is one’s reflection of him or herself from head to toe. Low to high, good or bad, self-esteem is measured by level of confidence and confidence is the difference between feeling “on top of the world” and feeling “scared and afraid”. The higher the self esteem, the better the confidence. The more self-confidant one is the more likely he or she is to succeed. To have positive self-esteem is to have confidence in one’s value, power, and abilities.
One’s self-perception is enormously shaped by how others perceive him or her, physically and mentally. Individuals subconsciously make comparisons to “the other”, such as peers and preferred norms, to determine his or her self-value.
Factors that lead to low self-esteem include: physical insecurities, pressure/stress, alcohol/drug addiction/abuse, relationship issues, lifestyle change, death/loss, rejection, depression, jealousy, unemployment, peer-to-peer competition, money issues, failure of achievements.
No one is perfect. The path to increased self-esteem and improved confidence is to recognize imperfections and limitations and celebrate personal strengths and achievable goals. Confidence allows one to gain control of his or her life and be independent. Remember that confidence overshadows any flaw, and with improved self-esteem personal insecurities will fade.