s Sylvia Plath goes by saying “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” and truly, we can risk anything coming our way if we believe in ourselves. We can’t wait for others to validate who we are by seeking their approval. The self-esteem movement has swept through Western culture to a global level over the past 50 years, with young and elders alike doubling down on the idea that improving self-confidence will lead to improved performance, and a more successful life in general. This movement started with a book published in 1969, in which psychologist Nathaniel Branden argued that most mental or emotional problems people faced could be traced back to low self-esteem. Branden laid the foundation for the Self-Esteem Movement with his assertion that improving an individual’s self-esteem could not only result in better performance but could even cure pathology. Learning how to believe in yourself starts with thinking positively and vocalizing positive statements to yourself to build your self-esteem. It also includes identifying what your highest values and aspirations in life are and setting expectations so you can be true to yourself — which will let you live your best life. It can help us attain better performance, healthy relationships ,openness to new things and resilience.
In fact, a 2018 study published in Personality and Individual Differences found a direct link between envy and the way you feel about yourself. Researchers found that people who compared themselves to others experienced envy. And the more envy they experienced, the worse they felt about themselves. Once we are confident we are able to unhook from our thoughts and take action in line with our values. If you’ve suffered from low self-confidence, you’re probably familiar with rumination, worrying thoughts and replaying them ad nauseam. Excessive rumination is linked to both anxiety and depression, and it can make us withdraw from the world. But by filling up your tank with confidence, you’ll be able to break the cycle of over-thinking. Being self confident does not mean you are devoid of flaws but it means you are able to accept your weaknesses, knowing they don’t change your self-worth. But low self confidence isn’t a life sentence .Self confidence can be learnt and mastered .You can start by building a confident mindset, stop comparing ourselves to others, shake off your self doubt, take safe risks , be kind to yourself ,challenge yourselves to push out of your comfort zones know your talents and shine through.