These two terms get used interchangeably, referring to how you feel about yourself and your abilities, but in fact, they are not the same thing. They are similar but have subtle differences.
I made a slight goof. I wrote an article about how to improve your self-confidence. First of all, the scenario I state in the beginning could be describing self-confidence, but also self-esteem as well.
All of the tips I shared are beneficial to improving your self-confidence, but some of the tips might have been better suited for improving your self-esteem. Although the tips can help improve both your self-confidence and self-esteem.
It was not intentional being how I wasn’t quite aware of the subtle differences between self-esteem and self-confidence. But now that I am, I thought it was important to 1) write an article explaining the differences and 2) in the spirit of transparency, to point out my mistake.
Definition of Self-Esteem
If you had to define self-esteem in one word, that word would be approval. It can either be approval of yourself when you have a healthy self-esteem. If you regard someone in high praise, then you approve of them as well. Self-esteem is also about self-love.
If you lack self-esteem, it’s because you disapprove of yourself, thinking that you are not good enough or worthy. If you have issues with self-esteem, then you need to work on recognizing your value so you can see yourself as worthwhile and valuable. Because you are both.
You might also seek out constant approval from other people if you lack self-esteem.
Definition of Self-Confidence
Confidence equals certainty. When you feel confident, you believe you are capable. Whether that is capable at handling your finances or capable at playing an instrument.
But just because you feel confident in your ability to perform some tasks, you might not be confident in your ability to do other things. For example, I am confident in my ability to write, but I am not very confident in my ability to cook. So, confidence can ebb and flow depending on the situation.
To build self-confidence requires you to step outside of your comfort zone. As your self-confidence grows, so does your courage.
Although self-esteem and self-confidence both have to do with the way we see ourselves, they have slight differences.