Self-confidence is about trusting your own judgement and feeling comfortable with your abilities and powers: it's the means to realise your full potential and be the person you want to be. This trait allows you to feel secure in the world and encourages others to feel comfortable around you, as your behaviour is reliable and they know what to expect. Self-confidence is made up of a variety of factors, including how you present yourself physically to the world and how you relate to other people.
Sound self-confidence can bring benefits to all areas of your life, but can vary from situation. You may be particularly confident at work, but lack social confidence; you might have a thriving romantic relationship, but lack confidence in your friendships. We all differ, but possessing self-confidence can particularly enhance relationships, career, social life and state of mind.
Self-confidence differs from self-esteem; and although the two terms are used interchangeably, there are differences which can have an impact on finding a way forward. Confidence is linked with the external world and how others see us, how we present ourselves and what we achieve. Self-esteem, however, is more about our own relationship with ourselves and how we feel deep down about who we are.
Confident people set realistic goals, learn useful skills and undertake tasks to achieve aspirations. People with low self-esteem are often unable to set realistic goals: they're conscious of 'never being good enough' and compare themselves unfavourably towards others.