“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and
spirits that allows us to keep looking for
new adventures.” Oprah Winfrey
A lack of self-esteem and low self-confidence can negatively affect a person’s heath and work performance. Studies in the field of psychology have also found that a low opinion of the self is also linked with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
The wise sages of ancient cultures understood the correlation between body and mind. They understood that a strong mind also meant a strong body and prevented illness and life failures.
How times have changed. In modern society depression is one of the biggest causes of illness and most people do not even realise they are depressed. The World Health Organisation have described depression as a “global crisis.” The greatest cause of depression is low-esteem.
We therefore owe a duty to our colleagues, friends and family members to recognise when they are at risk of illness due to depression. The tell-tale signs of low self-esteem and low confidence are people that do not achieve their potential.
However, it is not always so clear cut. People that lack self-esteem may not appear to lack self-confidence. Bravado is a disguise that hides the cracks under the skin, so it is important to be able to recognise when people are not feeling on the inside what they are showing on the outside.
What is the difference between low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence?
A lack of self-confidence is much easier to identify as it is much harder to cover up. People with low confidence will shy away from tasks they do not feel they are capable of achieving.
These people are typically quiet, timid and withdrawn. They often sit scrunched in their seat to make themselves as small as possible and walk quickly with their head down.
People that suffer from a lack of self-esteem may appear confident on the outside, but inside have no confidence in their own ability. They may accept a task, but secretly feel nervous about doing well.
Maybe you have noticed people that are highly intelligent, knowledgeable and talented, are underperforming and failing to fulfil their potential. The reason for this could be they lack self-esteem and do not want praise or attention.
It can often be the case in people with low self-esteem that they subconsciously put less effort into their work because they do not feel worthy of success so don’t bother trying.
Worse still, they do not want to outshine their peers and attract attention – whether that is praise or scorn. They prefer to go quietly about their jobs and turn in an average performance to keep under the radar.
Self-confidence and self-esteem can be debilitating to a person’s health, career and family life. It is a mental issue that needs addressing. Fortunately, it is a condition that can be learned, practiced, and mastered with the right coaching.
As the sages of old point out, once you master your mind, your whole life will change for the better.
Remember, wellness is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual’s potential. This is a lifelong process of moving towards enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being.
What do you do to enhance your team’s wellness? What support do you need to not only identify but also deal with the issues that are already impacting on your performance? Get in touch to talk and help tackle your challenges.