Self-esteem is the sum of trust and self-respect. It is the very foundation on which great things pursued. It reflects the implied judgment that each one makes of his ability to face the challenges of life and his right to be happy. Having a high self-esteem is feeling confident fit for life, that is, capable and valuable. To have a low self-esteem is to feel useless in most aspects of life. It’s really that simple and there’s no way around this fact. And if you’re wondering why you aren’t doing so well at work, your low self-esteem may very well be the culprit.
The ability to develop confidence and a healthy respect for ourselves is inherent in our nature since the ability to think is the basic source of our competence, and the fact that we are alive is the basic source of our right to strive for achieving true happiness.
To develop self-esteem is to develop the conviction that one is competent to live and deserves happiness, and therefore face life with greater confidence, benevolence and optimism, helping us achieve our goals and experience fulfilment. Developing self-esteem is expanding our ability to be happy.
Why self-esteem is so important
The higher our self-esteem, the better prepared we are to cope with adversity: the more flexible we are, the more we resist the pressures that make us succumb to despair or defeat. The higher our self-esteem, the more likely we will be to be creative in our work, which means we will also have more chances of success.
And of course, the higher our self-esteem, the more ambitious we will tend to be, not necessarily in our career or profession or in an economic sense, but in terms of what we hope to experience in life emotionally, creatively, and spiritually.
The higher our self-esteem, the more chance we will have of engaging in enriching and non-destructive relationships since likes attract each other, health calls health, and vitality and generosity of spirit are more palatable than the tendency to take advantage of others.
Finally, the higher our self-esteem, the more inclined we are to treat others with respect, benevolence and goodwill, as we will not perceive it as a threat, and because self-respect is the basis of respect for others. The higher our self-esteem, the more joy we will experience for the very fact of being, to wake up in the morning, to live within our bodies.
Higher self-esteem to fly higher at work
Keeping all these things in mind, if a person arrives at work every day with a “can’t do” attitude and approaches their workplace with doubts, hesitations and an overall negative thinking, then how can they expect to excel in their career? If they’re not confident they’d be able to make that marketing report their boss asked them to in time, or give an hour-long presentation to clients without making a mistake, or mess up with a line of code, or fail to achieve their daily target, or simply not being able to perform as good as is expected of them, they will certainly fail to do so. The one thing that affects all our actions is the attitude that accompanies us while performing those actions. And the thing that decides whether that attitude is going to be positive or negative is our self-esteem.
Self-esteem is key in the professional arena as it will affect performance, career goals and interpersonal relationships. Enjoying high self-esteem involves seeing yourself as an effective, competent and confident person in your chances of success. A person with a high level of self-esteem sets ambitious goals and is not discouraged by failures (he knows that, sooner or later, his qualities and worth will allow him to succeed). A good self-esteem gives confidence and impulse to perform tasks and functions at work and, in addition, to try to improve and grow professionally. People with a high self-esteem feel motivated to undertake new tasks or take on new challenges.
On the other hand, in order to lead teams and make decisions, it is necessary to have a high level of self-esteem and confidence in oneself, which will allow not to step back from adversity and defend their position before others.