In this episode, let’s get a deeper look about this topic, because self-worth effects so much about how we exist and show-up in the world.
Let’s start with the definition of self-worth.
Self-worth is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
“a feeling that you are a good person who deserves to be treated with respect”.
You might come across many different terms related such as; self-esteem, self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-respect, self-confidence, self-love, self-care, and so on. Although these all relate, but self-worth is the foundation or the core of our self-thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are intimately tied into how we view our worthiness and value as human beings.
How do we know what Self-Worth Means to us?
At an early age we observe that people around us value us more when we accomplish certain things. Our parents may show us appreciation and affection when we do well in school. And the opposite may be true when we get Fs in the report card. Because of this experience, we learn to measure our self worth based on performance.
It’s really important to remind children that they are loved unconditionally. That wether they achieve things or not, that’s not going to add or take away from their worthiness.
How do we then develop our self-worth as adults?
Step 1: is to increase your self-understanding
– What if everything I have was suddenly taken away from me?How would that make me feel?
– Who am I? What’s important to me? How am I showing up in the world? What brings me the most passion, fulfillment, and joy?
– Where do I need to improve? What fears are holding me back? What mistakes do I tend to make?
– What abilities do I have? What am I really good at?
Step 2: Boost your self-acceptance
Forgive yourself for your mistakes, your fears, your short-comings, your doubts…etc. Commit to forgiving yourself and accepting yourself without judgment or excuses.
Step 3: Recognize your self-worth
Practice being responsible for yourself, your circumstances, and your problems. You no longer need to please other people; No matter what people do or say, you alone control how you feel about yourself;
As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to tie our self-worth to our businesses. Knowing your true self worth as an entrepreneur will give your the confidence and conviction to know why you do what you do. You won’t be caught up about what people think or say about you. Instead, you will be centred, confidently working to build your business, learning from experience and knowing that nothing can take away yourself worth.
I’d love to hear from you! What are your takeaways from this episode?