Self-worth is the “sense of one’s own value or worth as a person.” It’s closely related to self-esteem, which is “a realistic respect for a favorable impression of oneself.” Self-esteem is feeling good about yourself. Self-worth includes this, but there is more to it. With self-worth, you not only feel good about yourself, but you also understand your value and worth.
Every single person on Earth is valuable and has worth. What do you do with items that are not valuable or have no worth in your home? You push them aside in your garage or your secret junk pile hiding place until you are ready to either throw them out or give them to a thrift store. What if you lost your self-worth? You would probably want to hide behind nothing positive, and you would feel like garbage. How can you function, be happy, or successful when you have no self-worth? You can’t.
5 Tips to Having More Self-Worth
- Think about all of the good qualities you possess. If you spend your time looking at the qualities in others that you want, you could become depressed. Every single person has great qualities. Think about the good qualities you already possess and then perfect them. If you want to learn new skills, use resources or mentors to gain the knowledge you need one step at a time. Remember, studies have shown that it takes 10,000 hours to master something. Don’t beat yourself if you are not good at something right away. Practice and get better. We all have to start from somewhere.
- Make small measurable goals and evaluate them often. It is wonderful to have large goals, but often people don’t break them down to smaller stepping stones to reaching big goals. If you reach one stepping stone at a time, you will appreciate how much more valuable you have become with each step.
- Believe in yourself. Oh, man. We are plagued with doubt. This is a natural tendency. Sometimes doubt helps us brace ourselves for the possible impending failure. Everyone has failed at some point in their life. Remember, “It’s not how hard you fall. It’s about how long it takes you to get back up.” There are other variations of this quote, but you get the point. No one will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. We project externally what we think internally. Start with your thoughts and heart. Believe in yourself. Believe that you are worth it (because you are!). You are worth the pay for a job. You are worth that scholarship. You are worth publishing. You are worth it.
- Tell yourself every day five things in your life that you are grateful for. Why five? It’s easier to have a number so that you remember to do it. Pick another number if you want. If you remember all that you are grateful for about yourself, then how could you not see your self-worth? You will acknowledge your self-worth.
- Try to live a balanced life, including exercise, diet, family time, spiritual, social, goals, work, school, etc. When you spend too much time in one area of your life, the other areas begin to fall. When we are failing in an area in our life, we don’t feel of value. This obviously will affect your self-worth. If you have too much on your plate, take some things off. You never want to feel like you are seconds from drowning. Finding that balance that works for you will help you with your self-worth.
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