Self-esteem is like a mountain stream that begins with a small spring
and ends in a mighty river.
The small spring begins in our Higher Self with empathy
for our own and other's feelings.
Empathy forms a basis for unconditional self-love and
unconditional love of others.
Empathy and love are constant sources of positive thoughts and feelings.
Unconditional self-worth is not dependent upon who we are,
what we do, what we have, or what anyone thinks about us.
If we have self-worth, then self-confidence is a bonus.
Self-confidence is based upon our belief that we have
the right motivation,
knowledge, and skills to reach our goals.
The best kind of self-confidence is knowing that
we have the basic motivation and ability to learn in any situation.
What began as empathy and unconditional self-love
forms the basis for self-confidence in all areas of life.
That self-caring and self-confidence provides the power of a mighty river
for overcoming life's logjams.
Web site created and maintained by: Tom G. Stevens PhD
California State University, Long Beach Counseling and Psychological Services. URL of this web site: http://home.csulb.edu/~tstevens