By definition, self-esteem is the value you place on your own worth. It impacts how you think, how you feel about yourself, and it even has a say over your behavior and actions. You may look at people you know and assume they must have high self-esteem because they’re intelligent or attractive. In truth, there doesn’t seem to be any link between actual ability and what level of self-esteem someone holds. You could be highly intelligent and still have low self-esteem.
Self-esteem is important, though. It may sway throughout your life, but children who are raised with a strong sense of security tend to find it easier to develop self-esteem later.
Your childhood has a lot of say over just how high your self-esteem is right now. However, just because you had a difficult childhood or you have low self-esteem doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with it.
Self-esteem influences your relationships, your success in business, your happiness, and beyond. Low self-esteem can lead to anxiety, depression, and loneliness, issues in relationships, job performance, and even substance abuse.
However, we want to address high self-esteem so that you can use this information to build your own level of self-esteem. So, what are the characteristics, habits and thought patterns of people with high self-esteem? Let’s take a look at each of these.