Wow! This statistic says a lot. If a job posting has a list of 10 preferred qualifications, women are less likely to apply if they do not feel that they meet all 10 qualifications, but a man will still apply if he meets only 6 of those criteria. This statistic alone explains why it’s important to build up a girl’s self-esteem and self-confidence early in her life, to carry on with her and help her become the woman she is destined to be.
Just like younger girls, women also feel like they don’t have what it takes to do everything a man can. Often times women are unsure of themselves because of experiences that have challenged their personal self-view. A woman’s self-esteem develops from these experiences, and they can either make or break a woman’s perspective of herself.
Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves; it’s how much self-love we have, whereas our self-confidence is how we feel about our individual abilities. Someone can have high self-esteem and still have low confidence about certain situations. Many have certainly felt that way, but over time with each new experience, women have grown and developed, and have become stronger and wiser.
Self-esteem and self-confidence work hand in hand. As our self-esteem improves, we become more confident in our abilities and feel empowered to take on new challenges. In turn, as we become more confident in all areas of our life, we increase our overall self-esteem.
Way too often, our self-esteem is shattered with every failed attempted, new rejection and feeling of inadequacy or not being good enough. I challenge you to start today and work on gaining more self-confidence to experience new things. With each new day, focus on your strengths, the areas of your life where you feel most confident. Do not allow negative chatter to invade your thinking! Stop thinking that “you are not good enough,” and start believing that YOU ARE. Empowering yourself with words that are positive and encouraging will help you to diminish negative thinking.