Starting with Some Basics: Confidence and Resilience
Confidence and Resilience are traits that can be learned at any age, but are best fostered from a young age, to grow adults that are able to cope with the challenges they’ll face later in life. Although we’ll be talking about confidence and resilience when it comes to young women, you can easily adapt what you read to your own life or to that of young boys.
Let’s start with defining some terminology, to understand how confidence and resilience relate to each other. Confidence is the belief that you will be successful at a certain task because of your assurance in your skills and abilities. Self-esteem is related to confidence. Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself and whether you feel you are important or a person of value. While confident people do have positive self-esteem, it is not necessarily true that people with positive self-esteem will feel confident.
Resilience is a person’s ability to get up after they’ve been knocked down, to cope with the challenges that they face, and manage their feelings in those difficult situations. Resilience and confidence are related too. If a person can learn to deal with stressful situations at a young age, they can have confidence to deal with stressful situations in the future.
Now take a moment and think about these terms and what they mean to you. Which one do you need to work on a little more? No matter where you are in life or your age, you can always grow. The first step is to acknowledge it.