Self worth or Self esteem – Is There a Difference?
Self worth or self esteem…are they two different concepts, or just different names for the same thing? Many people use the two terms interchangeably, but there are others who believe that these are two separate and unique concepts entirely.
First, let’s examine self worth a bit.
How worthy or valuable do you believe you are? Do you feel you deserve the things you desire? The answer to these questions determines your self-worth. It might surprise you to know that there are many gifted individuals who have very low levels of self-worth, and will subconsciously sabotage any potential success at the first given opportunity. The larger and more life-changing the potential success, the harder the will to self-sabotage.
Your self-worth is largely built up during your early childhood years. You’re essentially told what your own worth is by your parents, how they act and react to you, and the quality of attention you get from them. The good news is that even if you’ve had a challenging childhood, self-worth is something that you can build up yourself!
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
Setting realistic yet challenging goals that stretch our limits shows you what you’re capable of achieving. Reaching those goals proves to you that you’re worth the result, thereby growing and maintaining a healthy sense of self-worth. And successes don’t have to be solely financial. Success can be seen as anything that you’ve achieved that holds true value for you, whether it’s a new, higher paying job, learning a new skill such as painting or drawing, or having healthy relationships.
Let’s Talk Self Esteem
Now, let’s talk about self esteem. Your self esteem can be dependent on things outside of yourself – like rejection. A small rejection can feel very large and painful, and it immediately changes the way we think, and feel, about ourselves. One of the best ways to bolster your own self-esteem is to surround yourself with supportive people who like and enjoy you, and appreciate your unique talents and skills. Everyone likes to be liked and appreciated, and everyone deserves this treatment from those they have within their inner circle.
If you do take a hit to your self esteem, there is good news – you can recover quickly by simply doing the things that you’re good at. By recognizing that there are distinct things you are great at doing, that hit to your self-esteem will hurt a little less, and a little less until the hurt is gone, and you’re feeling great again!
For me, I have found refuge on my bike. Being physical helps me to feel confident in myself overall. I have am confident as a rider and I find that when I am physically fit it contributes to my overall health as well as my self worth. Taking the time to be physically fit is an important component for me in staying positive.
Both self esteem and self worth are rather important facets of a healthy identity. You should try to develop and maintain both for the most positive outlook.
Developing a success mindset can help your feelings of self worth or self esteem. Pick up my guide to build your success mindset along with the comprehensive daily planner. When you plan for success and work on success, your mindset shifts. Low self worth is not possible with a success mindset or a growth mindset.
When you work on your own mindset, you will see a shift.
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When you start focusing, intentionally, on your mindset, your self worth you will find that you do get to choose it. You have the ability to shift it and take control and change the results. Decide today to change low self worth. Don’t let it take control of your life.
Donna Price is a strategist, working with entrepreneurs to increase profits using the 7 Profitability Accelerators. Create your system for success.