A new study has revealed which self esteem points are most important to achieving your goals.
A survey of 2,000 participants found self-esteem was highly correlated with self-confidence, self-efficacy, confidence and predictability.
It also found that people who scored high on self-worth and confidence were more likely to be successful in their careers.
These self-confident people also scored more highly on other self-improvement and motivation points, as well as self-awareness and experience with life and work.
“I believe self-defeating behaviors are linked to negative psychological outcomes for everyone, regardless of the level of self- esteem,” said researcher Dr Stephanie Pritchard, from the University of Exeter’s Psychology Department.
“The more self-belief, the more self esteem you have, the less likely you are to have bad outcomes in life.”
Dr Pritcher said this link between self-reliance and positive outcomes was similar to the link between confidence and a healthy lifestyle.
“If you have a good sense of yourself, you are more likely than not to achieve your aspirations,” she said.
“Self-esteem is important because it helps people manage their feelings and their emotions and it helps them feel secure.”
Dr Peter Smith, a psychologist at the University College London, said the results of the study could have a big impact on people’s mental health.
“It is important to recognise that self-discipline and self-acceptance are not mutually exclusive and that both are important,” he said.
The results were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
“The link between a person’s self-respect and their confidence, their sense of self, their ability to manage their emotions, their motivation and their experience of work were positive,” said Dr Smith.
“There was a strong positive correlation between self esteem and happiness, which is something you would expect from a person who has achieved their goals.”
The study also found the higher a person scored on self esteem they were also more likely they would want to be part of a team and work in teams.
The findings could help shape a new way of thinking about self-care and well-being, Dr Smith said.
Dr Smith said a key factor in achieving goals was a sense of purpose, meaning that people were motivated to achieve a goal and feel that they have achieved something valuable.
“People who are confident about their goals will also have a strong sense of the importance of their goals, which can lead to greater self-control,” he added.
“You may feel that you can achieve your goal but it is not the end all and be all, but you are going to have to keep working to make sure you achieve it.”
Dr Smith also said the findings could have implications for mental health professionals and healthcare workers.
“As we age, the impact of age-related stress can have profound effects on mental health and wellbeing,” he explained.
“When we’re younger we’re more vulnerable to experiencing negative affect, so we need to understand why this happens and what can be done to reduce the impact.”
We can also learn how to manage our stress so we don’t experience the negative consequences of our actions.
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