Niv Iro
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The subtle differences between self worth, self esteem, & self confidence.

Unmasking the Invisible Trio: Explore how self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence silently dictate your path to personal empowerment.

The subtle differences between self worth, self esteem, & self confidence.
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Like many of you, I embarked on a journey to find a sense of self, mistakenly seeking it in the external world. It involved an endless chase: acquiring material possessions, achieving academic milestones, and even engaging in relationships that didn't serve me. Dressing up and looking good provided a fleeting sense of self-esteem. "Yes, I look beautiful," I thought. My achievements boosted my self-confidence. "Yes, I can accomplish challenging tasks."

But something was missing. Despite these external affirmations, I was not able to find a profound sense of self-worth. I was trying to fill a void with tangible "stuff," failing to realize that true self-worth doesn't hinge on external factors or societal expectations.

The Subtle Differences: Self-Worth, Self-Esteem, and Self-Confidence

Self-Worth: The Inner Core

Self-worth is the bedrock of our inner world. It's not about what we do or how others perceive us. It's an intrinsic belief in our inherent value as individuals. For a long time, my self-worth was overshadowed by the desire to meet my parents' expectations or societal norms. But a pivotal realization dawned on me: self-worth comes from within. It's about valuing our existence, experiences, beliefs, and feelings. It's recognizing that while we're not perfect, we are always worthy.

Self-worth = "I am"

Self-Esteem: The Belief in Self

Self-esteem, often confused with self-worth, is about how we evaluate ourselves. It's the belief in our abilities and qualities. In my journey, altering my image and clothes was a way to bolster my self-esteem, a reflection of "I believe I am beautiful, I believe I can achieve." But self-esteem is more than surface-level attributes; it's about believing in our capabilities and worthiness, regardless of achievements or failures.

Self-esteem = "I believe I am and I can"

Self-Confidence: The Assurance in Abilities

Self-confidence is about trust in our abilities to handle life's challenges. It's saying, "I know I can do this." My academic and professional accomplishments fueled my self-confidence, reinforcing my belief in my ability to tackle difficult tasks. However, self-confidence is not just about succeeding; it's also about facing failures with the assurance that we can overcome them.

Self-confidence = "I know I can do"

The Interplay and Balance

All three - self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence - are distinct yet interconnected. They come from within and are essential for a holistic sense of self. Recognizing their subtleties and nurturing each aspect is crucial.

Self 💜 Love: The Action Plan

Embracing self-love means honoring all three aspects daily. It's about understanding and accepting our imperfections while recognizing our inherent worth. It involves building a belief in our abilities and nurturing the confidence to act upon them.

Final Thoughts: The Journey Within

The journey to understanding self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence is deeply personal and internal. It's about turning inward and recognizing that these qualities are not defined by external achievements or validations. They are about knowing, believing, and accepting who we are at our core. This journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance is continuous, but it's the most rewarding path we can embark on.

Remember, at, we are dedicated to helping you become your best cheerleader. Through understanding the nuances of self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence, you can embark on a journey of self-empowerment and genuine fulfillment. Join us in exploring these profound aspects of self, and let's nurture a life of self-love and internal contentment together.

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