#65: Two Tiny Habits for Building Self-Esteem and Confidence

Do you doubt yourself a lot?

While often used interchangeably, there's a subtle difference between self-esteem and self-confidence.

"Self-esteem refers to whether you appreciate and value yourself. Your self-esteem develops and changes as a result of your life experiences and interactions with other people. Self-confidence is your belief in yourself and your abilities."

— The University of Queensland

By listening to this insightful podcast episode from Liz Tran, I've extracted two tiny habits that can help us cultivate both self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • For self-esteem: Write 3 things you appreciate about yourself each day—it can be something you did well, a small win, or any progress you've made. It can be as simple as a compliment for yourself (if you're having a good hair day) or an acknowledgement when you notice you no longer react to situations the way you used to.
  • For self-confidence: Compile all the thoughtful letters, kudos from workmates, compliments from strangers and loved ones, glowing recommendations for you and/or your work—basically all external words of affirmation you've received. And when the self-doubt creeps in, read through those to remind yourself of the tangible ways you've bettered someone else's life through your work and character.

This practice, in time, will turn into a potent source of internal and external validation. It's not the ultimate cure, but it's a balm that can soothe self-doubt—perhaps enough to empower us to take bigger and bolder steps to overcoming it.

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