The Difference Between Self-Esteem and Confidence


– the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something.

– the term used to describe how we feel about our ability to perform roles functions and tasks. –

– a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s abilities or qualities.


– how we feel about ourselves, the way we look, the way we think-whether or not we feel worthy or valued. –

– reflects a person’s overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It’s judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self. – Wikipedia

– a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself; self-respect. –

MJ’s Words: Confidence is belief is your abilities. Self-esteem is belief in yourself. Your confidence is stronger if you have high self-esteem. There is a possibility that you lack one or the other. This means that even though it’s good to have both, you may not experience them simultaneously.

“People with low self-esteem often also suffer from generally low confidence, but people with good self-esteem can also have low confidence. It’s possible for people with low-esteem to be very confident in some areas.” –

How we view ourselves plays a major part in building our self-esteem and confidence. How you view yourself is your “self-concept”.

Self-concept – a general term used to refer to how someone thinks about, evaluates, or perceives themselves. – 

You choose how you want to perceive yourself despite your circumstances, past, and flaws. It is important to always look for the good because how you view things is how you will think and how you think is how you will feel. The way you view yourself is who you will be until you change the way you view. It is time to start looking at yourself as who you want to be. Be good to yourself and treat you like you are worth more than worth itself.

Words of advice: There is nothing better than the other until you choose the degree. Despite what you have been through, never change how you perceive yourself. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. Don’t allow false perception to take away how strong you are, how courageous you are, how beautiful you are, or how you are in what makes you you. Be YOU!

Confidence in Your Abilities

MJ’s Words: Important things you should know is who you are and your abilities. You cannot have confidence in something you know nothing about. We are all gifted with different skills and abilities but we become aware of them once we explore them and put them to the test. Having confidence in your abilities begin with having confidence in yourself. Familiarity with yourself helps to direct you in the path to fulfill your purpose. Specific characteristics and attributes, along with direction, were given to you to fulfill a specific purpose.

Your abilities help lead to what you are most likely going to pursue as a career, job, or interest. There are much more career path options available to us today. To get to where you’re sure of what you’re wanting to do, begin learning and adapting to you early. One productive way in building your confidence is challenging yourself. Go back to school, explore a new skill, or challenge; whether it’s a fitness, mental, or spiritual challenge. Try doing something that will fearlessly force you to take a step forward. Get to know you.

Words of advice: Fear is one of the main reasons many people never challenge themselves by trying new things or taking risks. How we learn our strengths and weaknesses is by experienced living. Strengthen your capabilities by strengthening you.

The Importance of Being Confident

MJ’s Words: Feeling confident shows confidence. When we feel a certain way it shows. We are taught to go into a job interview with confidence or to try something new to build our confidence. As we grow, we learn ourselves better, so as we grow, working on building our confidence at the same time is important. When we are confident, we communicate better and more often, we become more open to ideas and opportunities, we trust more, and we enjoy life more. Having confidence is also beneficial to those around us. Our confidence affects those around us in a positive way. It has been proven that someone’s mood effects the mood of others, so if you have a positive aura, so will those around you. There are several benefits to having confidence, but one important benefit is being able to make the right decisions. When confident, your mind is clearer, which in return strengthens your discernment. We face making important decisions every day, rather big or small. The clearer your mind is of what is unimportant, the clearer your mind becomes of things that are important and beneficial. A confident mind is a clearer mind that opens up to more time and opportunities to focus on the important things.

Words of advice: Unclutter your mind and become confident. It is time to focus more on what you need to become more confident in yourself. Confidence leads to more confident choices, which can lead to more happiness, joy, and peace. Experience yours today.