For many of us, establishing and honoring our own self-worth is a difficult task. Believing in the value of yourself as a person is often confused with being selfish, which is why many people struggle to identify just how valuable they are to the world. In this discussion, we will take a closer look at what self-worth is, why it is important, and what you can do to build your self-worth in the future. You may be surprised at the positive changes to come just by realizing what you have to offer.
What Is Self-Worth?
By definition, self-worth is the “sense of your value as a person.” That broad definition can be interpreted in a number of ways, leading many people to use “self-worth” as a synonym for “self-esteem.” In all actuality though, self-worth is about valuing who you are inside, while self-esteem focuses more on what you do on the outside. Self-esteem also involves comparing yourself to other people instead of understanding the value you provide on your own.
The goal here is to appreciate what you have to give the world without looking at anyone else for comparison. Learn what makes you and embrace all of your unique qualities.
How To Build Self-Worth
You are already valuable. You need to see how valuable you are. This is where the process of building self-worth comes into play. How you go about building your self-worth will depend on the value you can already identify within yourself. The tips below should put you on the right path.
Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
There is always going to be someone out there who makes more money, has better hair, drives a nicer car, etc. You cannot focus on what other people have but rather what makes you special and important. Comparing yourself to others can easily make you feel inadequate as if you are “not good enough” in one way or another. Get that thought out of your mind and start looking at the positive features you bring to the table.
Do Things You Feel Are Important
Helping other people is a great way to build your self-worth because it makes you realize just how valuable your contributions are to others. Participate in activities that you feel strongly about. This may be something as simple as volunteering at an elementary school once a week or participating in a local blood drive. Find the activities that make you feel better about yourself, and your self-worth will naturally improve.