A person’s degree of confidence, called self-confidence, is the trust or faith they have in themselves and their abilities. Self-esteem, on the other hand, is the opinion a person has of themselves.
Realistic feelings of confidence affect how we think and act, how we feel about others, and how successful we are in life. Low self-confidence can be defined as a lack of faith in one’s abilities and competence. Self-confidence can fuel success, while low self-confidence can hinder it. Having self-confidence does not mean that you can do everything. People with self-confidence have realistic expectations of themselves. Even when some of their expectations are not met, they continue to be positive and to accept themselves. (back)