Self-Concept • Defines who we are • Values (core) & Self-esteem • Influences our beliefs, goals, expectations, perception • Personality
Building Self-Esteem • Self-esteem • The value we put on ourselves • Degree to which individual’s like themselves • Outcomes of high self-esteem • More risk-taking, more unconventional jobs • Higher expectations of success • Higher levels of achievement & success
Outcomes of low self-esteem • More susceptible to external influence (conformity) • Afraid to “try” and work hard • Not persistent
Building Self-Esteem in Others • Communicate high expectations and indicate confidence in others • Self-fulfilling prophecy: people tend to live up (or down!) to the expectations of others • Mark Jackson (Rookie of the Year) • Emphasize & exploit their strengths • Reaffirms value & builds self-confidence • Confidence helps others to persist and to improve upon weaknesses
Steps You Can Take to Build Self- Esteem • Realize that many aspects of work you can control by: • Being prepared for opportunities • Pushing to create opportunities • Saying “No” • Establish a strong work-ethic • Confirms that you deserve success & achievement (you have earned it) • Confidence in your knowledge, skills, & abilities • Hard work, targeted toward specific goals • Billy Donovan (Providence University, now head coach at Florida)
Self-Esteem Summary • “Self-esteem is vital to achieving. You must not only feel good about yourself but feel you can perform and can accomplish great things. If you have established a great work ethic and have begun the discipline inherent with that, you will automatically begin to feel good about yourself.” • For long lasting motivation and confidence, self-esteem must be earned by the individual … “Deserve success” • Taken from “Success is a Choice” by Rick Pitino.