Positive Core Self-Evaluation

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core self-evaluation refers to fundamental evaluation people make of themselves which could determine their perceived worth as individuals. It predicts the ability of an individual to face challenges and difficulties. core self-evaluation is also a good indicator of whether the person will grow emotionally, mentally, financially or not. Studies show that people with positive core self-evaluation tend to achieve more than people with low core self-evaluation. A research found that “People can have high and low CSE, but we can improve our CSE, to boost both our performance and our well-being. High-CSE individuals are generally better at coping with stress, and are less prone to burnout. They’re better at learning from training, more conscientious, and good at leading and inspiring their teams. They seek out appropriate support, maintain a positive outlook, and manage multiple roles and responsibilities, in and out of work. Research in the Journal of Applied Psychology even shows that salaries rise along with CSE!” (mindtools)

There are four components to be evaluated to determine the level of core self-evaluation, wither high or low:

  1. Self Esteem: is one of the most qualities to have which is “a precious psychological resource and generally a highly positive factor in life; it is correlated with achievement, good relationships, and satisfaction. Possessing little self-regard can lead people to become depressed, to fall short of their potential, or to tolerate abusive relationships and situations.” psychologytoday
  2. Self Efficacy: or Confidence, is the optimistic self beliefs in one’s ability to achieve favorable outcomes. Your Self Efficacy is high when your belief in your ability to achieve something outweighs others’ belief that you can’t do it. It is the well of power to believe in your ability to achieve what you desire despite what others might think of you. And no, this is not arrogant. Self efficacy will boost your momentum by unlocking potentials within you. potentials  you never knew existed before. Healthy Self Efficacy Will make you start the first step, followed by the second one until you reach what you desire. It will make you say a word you never said before, and write a letter- or email- you never wrote before to someone you never approached before. It will make you utilize all possible resources to achieve your goal. Without it, your path will be difficult and lonely, and possibly without an end, there will be no light at the end of the tunnel. As Gandhi once said “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” Gandhi via Miriam Akhtar
  3. Locus of control: Locus of control is the belief that the outcomes of your life depends on internal actions, and not relying on events outside of our control. The type of Locus of control you have will influence how you react when something happens in your life. It will also determine whether you will take action or not. People with internal locus of control tend to live happier lives, make more money, and achieve more. 
  4. Emotional Stability: or Neuroticism, it refers to a person’s ability to stay stable and remain in balance despite what might have happened. People with high Neuroticism are known to have high and often negative emotions. According to Dr. Todd Grande  “Neuroticism tends to decrease as we get older”. High neuroticism can be changed by adopting new behaviors around it. Changing behaviors in a way it adopts new skills such as coping skills and learns to destress. Avoiding substances is also important for someone with high Neuroticism

There is an ongoing debate among scientists about the scope in which core self-evaluation can determine the outcome of an individual. Yet, people with high in core self-evaluations tend to be happier with their choices. That’s true when it comes to their jobs, relationships, money, and their health.

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