Self-esteem has become a common word in today’s society. Self-esteem is a term in psychology to reflect a person’s overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-esteem.
Self esteem is how we mentally visualize ourselves. It shows the different confidence levels of the individual. I believe high self-esteem is a key ingredient to achieve success and happiness. Everyone possesses self-esteem in some way. Some have low self-esteem where one is not confident in themselves but doesn’t have the confidence to change, while others have high self esteem, where one is proud of what they do and happy with their lives. But the effect of self-esteem is very unpredictable. Many people with high self-esteem exaggerate their successes and skills, enveloping people, who frankly accept their good qualities along in a narcissistic, defensive, and conceited way. But what is important is to assess your self esteem whether it is helping you to achieve happiness and success. Only a healthy level of self esteem can help to achieve success, and success brings happiness.
Self esteem needs to be built up or down depending on the person. The process to build self esteem is easy but to put it into use is somehow difficult. When someone succeeds in life, then one earns self confidence from the experience of the success. This success will give the person the self confidence to persevere in anything they wish.
People who have a good level of self esteem are always happy because they are ready to accept and learn from their mistakes rather than waste their life regretting what they have not achieved. However, they don’t feel the necessity to show themselves superior to others. They don’t defend their point and are very open in communicating their thoughts. In present day, it is very difficult to maintain good self esteem since many things stand in our way e.g. negative feedback from jobs, schools etc. But that makes it all the more important to build good self esteem to achieve happiness.
So we need to make a conscious effort to develop it. You can raise the level of your self esteem by looking at the things that you have done successfully and to consider that all the mistakes made are an opportunity to learn, not to look back on and regret. Good self esteem is necessary to perform a job. But learning to look down on yourself, you will become someone others will look down on. If you think yourself as a winner, you will become a winner. So it depends on how you view yourself because it affects your performance. By working hard, learning from mistakes and succeeding in assignment in school, you might be graced with an award of some sort.
To conclude, self confidence and self esteem are needed for success because it enhances initiative and happy feelings. Children are facing increased pressure to succeed in examinations at increasingly earlier ages. It is therefore necessary to make known that the pressure put on young children and adolescents can have drastic consequences. By having a good level of self esteem, we are able to learn from our mistakes and succeed in everything that is thrown at us.