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Importance of Self-Esteem

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Self- esteem is an important part of life. Without strong self-esteem we are not at our full potential. We need strong self-esteem to have the confidence to do many tasks. The way others perceive us has an effect on our self-esteem as well as how we perceive ourselves. In order to have good self-esteem, we need others to be encouraging and communicate in a positive way. We also need to build our own self-esteem by realizing we need to be our self, not what others necessarily think we should be. Negativity from others only lowers our self-esteem and makes us less confident. We need confidence in order to communicate well with others.
As I ponder on my self-esteem, I feel I am very confident in most areas but really lacking in others.
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Having the confidence to speak in front of others is an obstacle that I cannot seem to overcome.
Being able to communicate well helps one to build self-esteem. I feel my problem with lack of confidence when speaking or communicating is due to lack of communicating and voicing my opinion at a younger age. At the time I was growing up, youngsters were not expected to give their opinions to their peers. My grandfather felt
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