We often talk about stepping into our real power, building our confidence muscle, boosting our self-esteem, and giving ourselves the precious gift of self-compassion.
Although self-confidence and self-esteem seem similar – referring to how we feel about ourselves – they are two very different concepts. As for the self-compassion, many people do not understand what that is.
As for myself, I also felt confused regarding these terms for quite many years, before digging into psychology research, and here’s what I found out:
Self-esteem refers to how we generally feel about ourselves and the overall image we associate with who we are (I am beautiful, I am ugly, I am stupid, I am smart, etc.)
Self-confidence is related to how we feel about our abilities and how capable we see ourselves of doing certain things or handling different situations (I can do this, I’ll never make it, This is too hard, etc.)
Self-compassion is all about loving ourselves unconditionally: mind, body and soul which is not selfish but essential for a healthy life.
4. Embracing the entire repertoire of human emotions, including the so-perceived “negative” ones: shame, guilt, sadness, anxiety or pain. Showing up for ourselves during the rough times, not only when life feels painted in pink.
With this post, I am inviting you to watch one of my favorite speeches about the incredible power of Self-Compassion. A transformational practice that could make a big difference in many women’s lives.
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- Posted by Sara Fabian
- On February 10, 2017