As I sit back and reflect on my life, I am pleased because I can see the rocky road I have managed to conquer. I started with so many bumps and wrong turns I never believed I would be in the final stages of accomplishing a bachelor’s degree. To get to this point I focused on self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence. Each one of these values was important in helping me work towards understanding myself. They helped me to see I was worthy of feeling good about myself.
Self-esteem is how we value ourselves.
If you think everything you do is wonderful and deserves praise, you have a positive self-esteem. However, if you feel like you are not worthy of good things, your self-esteem may be low. Self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of their own worth. I have had issues with judging myself. Even though I have managed to do well for myself – I own my home and have excelled greatly in academia – I have still had issues in believing in myself. I needed to remind myself that “I am competent” and “I am worthy”. My self-concept brought about the negative emotions of despair, instead of the positive emotions of pride. To help build my self-esteem I engaged in positive self-talk. Whenever I was feeling anxious about my abilities, I would say out loud “I am worthy” and “I’ve got this”, which helped me out a lot. I began having confidence.
Self-worth is how we regard our abilities.
When a person possesses little self-regard for themselves they can become depressed and fall short of their potential. Self-worth is a confidence and satisfaction in oneself and one’s abilities. As I previously stated I fell short in self-esteem and because of that my self-worth was non-existent. However, as I began working independently on how I felt about myself, I began to feel better about the person I was yet to be. I began to develop a feeling of self-respect for myself and my abilities. I found myself volunteering throughout my community, and as I took on more and more, I began to feel my self-worth increase.
Self-confidence is a positive feeling of trust in our own abilities.
This is a trait that you can develop through having high self-worth and high self-esteem. Self-confidence is built upon as we master the activities which make us who we are. I have found the more pride I took in who I am, the more confidence I began to exude. I began to realize my full potential and slowly become the person I strived to be.
I have made a lot of mistakes in my lifetime; however, it is those errors which have helped in determining the person I am yet to be. It is through consistent dedication to myself that I have built my self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence. I want to be the kind of person that others respect and I will continue to work on it for as long as it takes. The day I stop making mistakes, will be the day I stop learning. As Abraham Maslow once said, “I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act.” We cannot change the past, we can only learn from it.
About the author
Victoria is the first in her family to go to college and has earned Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees at Wayne County Community College where she was an officer with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She graduated at the top of her class in 2015 and was the Special Recognition Award Recipient. Victoria currently attends the University of Michigan where she is pursuing a career in Environmental Sustainability. She is an officer of Tri Beta Biological Honor Society. She continues to build her leadership skills by working closely with the Detroit/Windsor chapter of Executive Women International (EWI). Outside of the classroom, she enjoys quality time with her granddaughters.
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