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What is Your Level of Self-Esteem?

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Building Self-Esteem

Building Self-Esteem

In my previous post, What are the Communication Skills Most in Demand?, I  talked about the top communication skills employers look for.  Interpersonal skills, listening, and speaking are at the top of the list.

In order to perform well, you need a high level of confidence and good self-esteem.

Susyn Reeve is a self-esteem expert.  She says that “self-esteem is a direct reflection of what you think and feel about yourself.”  Self-esteem and confidence help you “meet the challenges you come across.”  This is especially true at school and in business.

College career survey

Recently, I gave an informal questionnaire to a group of about 100 non-native English-speaking college students (two-thirds girls, one-third boys).  I asked  them about their greatest career fears.  I also asked what was preventing them from achieving their career dreams.

What are your greatest career fears?
(Important or very important)

Greatest Career fears* Male Female
Not getting a good job 49% 58%
Not speaking English well 33% 19%

* Viewed as important or very important.

Interestingly, girls had a greater fear of not getting a good job than boys. On the other hand,  the boys had a much greater fear of not speaking English well than girls.

What is preventing you from achieving your career dreams?

Other Career fears* Male Female
Lack of experience 53% 38%
Lack of money 41% 45%
Lack of confidence 17% 38%
Lack of self-esteem 24% 31%

* Viewed as important or very important.

Girls seemed to be less fearful of not having experience than boys.  In contrast, the girls had a much higher lack of confidence and self-esteem than the boys.

 Take a self-esteem quiz

Are you interested in knowing about your level of self-esteem? Find out by taking this quiz.

What to do:

1. How I feel about myself depends on what others think of me:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

2. When I am criticized I berate myself for being stupid:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

3. I easily ask for and accept help from others:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

4. I easily accept compliments:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

5. When I look in the mirror, I see flaws in my appearance:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

6. I make time in my schedule for activities that support my health and well-being:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

7. I am uncomfortable expressing my opinion and feelings in my personal relationships:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

8. I am anxious to admit that I don’t know or understand something:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

9. In a restaurant, when I receive food that doesn’t match my order, I say nothing and eat it anyway:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

10. I believe that I am confident and value myself:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

11. I openly express my opinions at work:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

12. I envy others:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

13. I believe my life would be better if I were more attractive:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

14. No matter what I do, I always find something wrong with the result:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

15. I believe I will never really be happy:

___Always ___Sometimes ___Never

Review the Explanations for the Self-Esteem Quiz.

How did you do?  Do the results give you a good picture of your level of self-esteem?  Let me know what you think.

 

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