"The greatest source of adult self-esteem is
recognition for results and contributions made."
Self Esteem Not Required: If you have low self esteem or lack of confidence, there is hope. Self esteem is critical in the formative years of childhood, but you have grown up now. As an adult, you don't need those psychological niceties for the law of cause and effect to work for you. Just think: if someone who is low in self confidence plants a seed in fertile ground and waters it (cause), is it any less likely to grow and produce (effect), than a seed planted under the same conditions by someone who is confident? No. When the seed grows and the vision materializes, people who observe it will freely give you recognition, honor and esteem.
Do you have a business or entrepreneurial endeavor that is underperforming due to your fear or lack of confidence? Then turn the tables and simply do the work that your business process dictates. E.g.: pick up the phone, call a prospect, deliver the script, and make the invitation. Repeat. Sooner or later, you will find success. Typically, one success in 10 attempts will be so overpowering that it will make the nine irrelevant. One success produces esteem and confidence. In turn, that result is likely to produce desired results in two out of 10...further building esteem.