If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you will be unhappy for the rest of your life. You'll be evading your own capabilities, your own possibilities. - Professor Abraham Maslow
Your self-image – the way you see yourself – is made up of three core feelings and beliefs:
1. Self-worth: the value you place on yourself – how comfortable you are being you and the extent to which you feel worthy of happiness and success. 2. Competence: your beliefs about your capacity to achieve, solve problems and think for yourself. This is what I mean by confidence. 3. Belonging: whether you feel accepted and respected by others.
Your assessment of your self-worth and feelings of belonging make up your self-esteem.