So, What is Self-Confidence?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as confidence in one’s self, abilities, and powers.
It is the state and quality of being certain. We all need to be certain about our qualities, abilities, and judgments for us to succeed in life. If we are uncertain, it becomes difficult to convince people to be certain about us. Great! Now let’s delve into it a bit more.
The belief we have in ourselves and in our abilities is self-confidence. It consists of what we feel and think about ourselves.
These beliefs can change based on the state we’re in and how we respond to the events that happen around us. It’s not uncommon to feel confident in some situations, and feel less confident in others.
Self-confidence is influenced by the events of the past and how we recall them.
Remembering a past success will have a different outcome in terms of confidence compared to when you remember a past failure.
So, when we say that someone is self-confident, it means the person feels good about who they are, and also feels good about their abilities to achieve the things they want to accomplish.
Self-confidence can help you survive any circumstance or situation.
This doesn’t mean that your life will be free of pain, problems, and challenges. Self-confidence can only help deal with and weather these situations.
But it can certainly allow you to avoid succumbing to depression, apathy, and helplessness during tough times.
Who Needs Self-Confidence
Everyone benefits from having self-confidence! It not only acts as a powerful emotional state which contributes to our happiness, but it’s a trait which can sustain us in difficult situations.
Self-confident people know who they are, what they want, and they aren’t afraid to do what it takes to get create their ideal life. Who doesn’t need that
The Difference Between Confidence and Arrogance
Self-confidence is a wonderful quality which enables us to move past doubts and fear and take control of our lives.
Overconfidence is a weakness (and is usually a sign of low self-esteem or other issues), that can lead to arrogance.
Both the arrogant person and the self-confident one, are aware of their strengths and abilities.
- A confident person can also acknowledge the qualities of others, while an arrogant person often doesn’t.
- A confident person accepts their faults, while an arrogant person will never admit they have any.
- They often build themselves up by putting others down. They can either be narcissists or insecure individuals who hide their insecurities behind the mask of overconfidence.
Either way, they’re constantly comparing themselves with others, and affirming their superiority.
If things don’t go as they planned, they’ll place the blame on others or the circumstances.
They won’t take responsibility for their actions. This type of attitude makes it difficult for them to make successful and effective decisions.
Always try to nurture healthy self-confidence and self-acceptance. Just as with most things in life, the balance in the middle is the healthiest place to be.
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