Most of us realize that being confident is important for a more fulfilling personal and professional life. Self-confidence drives us when life goals seem like a distant dream. Confidence is the key to get through situations that can take a toll on physical and mental well-being. Here I would like to share some insights with you. In my life journey, I have realized how low self-esteem or lack of self-belief can drastically impact your overall quality of life.
Your Finances Might Suffer Due to Less Self-confidence
If you are more confident, you are more likely to progress at your job. Confidence infuses a certain degree of aggressiveness that is vital to succeed in this era of extreme competition. Being confident also makes you more decisive—something critical for making career-related and investment decisions. If becoming the senior manager at your workplace is one of your life goals, remember that leadership and self-confidence are closely related.
Anybody who gets easily overwhelmed by difficulties or has the habit of getting anxious isn’t the ideal choice for organizational roles. Many researches say that employees who exude a confident persona and are better at communicating usually get more salary hikes and promotions. If you are more confident, you will have a better social network. This makes it easy to gain wisdom about managing finances from the experiences of others.
More Self-confidence Also Means More Personal Happiness
In personal life too, less confident people are likely to have a poorer quality of life. This is because relationships aren’t just about celebrating or paying the bills. It also means taking care of people, making compromises, and taking responsibility in times of crisis. If you are low on self-esteem, you are likely to develop the habit of not committing. This stems from extreme self-doubt. Relationships often need a very hands-on approach. Direct fearless communication is the key here. However, if you are insecure about yourself, communication becomes a perennial issue.
People low on confidence can develop obsessive personal habits. This includes over-thinking/over-analyzing situations. They are unable to follow the basic principles of being happy. The Zen Mind talks about this, i.e. allowing your mind to forget and forgive. However, anxious people are unable to let go. Their obsessive nature often translates into holding on to grudges and never making amends for their mistakes. Such people are not open to introspection that is at the core of dealing with anxiety and unresolved frustration.
Low Self-confidence Usually Means Poor Physical & Mental Health
Dealing with anxiety can become a chronic problem if you suffer from low self-esteem. Low confidence can lead to developing personal habits like doubting yourself about the smallest of decisions. The slightest suspicion of a difficult situation can induce a feeling of uneasiness. Slowly, this behavioral pattern makes it difficult to stay calm. This can be understood as a state of being perpetually stressed. If you cannot stay calm over a long time, physical symptoms like indigestion, migraines, palpitations, and unexplained bodily aches are likely to surface.
A common issue among people with low self-confidence is their self-perception. They have a rather low opinion about their appearance. This makes them extremely self-conscious. As a result, they are more susceptible to trying experimental diet fads or consuming nutritional/health supplements with doubtful credentials. The habit of snacking uncontrollably and extreme sugar or caffeine cravings is common among anxious, self-doubting people. This puts their health at a greater risk.
It’s About Appearance and Attractiveness
One main reason behind low confidence is the appearance of the person. If you feel self-conscious about the way you look, you will soon develop low esteem. If you are broken down by the way you look, keep in mind that the standards of beauty laid down by popular media are met by just 2% of the entire human population. Besides, people who suffer from low confidence usually act abnormally and it makes them appear even less attractive. It is important to let go the feelings of discofort about your physical looks and focus more on dressing well, hygience, and posture. If you smile more often, you will look attractive, no matter how unappealing you think you are.