Welcome to self-confidence boot camp

P.S. It’s not the same as self-esteem.

Some people always seem calm, cool, and self-assured. Others perspire buckets, feel nervous, and are filled with self-doubt. Rest assured, we all face varying levels of self-confidence throughout our lives. And there are many ways to improve our confidence. Let’s start with the basics about what self-confidence is and isn’t.

Self-confidence and self-esteem are not the same. A New York Times piece points out the distinction between the two. Self-confidence is how you feel about your odds of success for doing a particular thing. Self-esteem is more about your belief in your overall worth.

An article by NBC News Health Editor Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, says knowing the difference between the two “can go a long way toward boosting a positive mental attitude