Well, as much as I hate to say it – Happy Monday! I have spent most of today wishing it was Friday and that’s just because I am in one of those ‘craving my bed’ kind of days. I will get over it soon, I promise. In the meantime, I would like to talk about self-worth since that has been a big part of my life the past week.
In doing some research on self-worth and what other people think about the topic, I found that the topic was often directly related to that of self-esteem. Sure, I can understand this concept since they are both related to the opinion one has of his/herself; however, I am talking about worth here people – not just what to you think of yourself, but how you value yourself.
I feel like I am a bit of an expert on the topic of self-worth because for years I undervalued myself a great deal. Sure, I knew I was a great friend and a hard worker, but when it comes to value, you not only have to know it – you have to act it. I’ve been underappreciated, underpaid and at times, flat out used in many areas of my life and all because I never showed my own self-value to those around me. This is just a lesson that I had to learn the hard way (in fact, I am still working on it).
There is a difference between cocky and confident and the truth of the matter is that if you are not confident in yourself, others will follow suit. When you don’t believe you deserve the promotion or that you are worth a bigger raise, trust me, you won’t get it. If you don’t think that you are worth respect or appreciation in your relationships – you won’t get it. Malcom X one said “We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”
Dedicate this week to believing in yourself and showing everyone what your real value is.
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