“Over the years, I’ve interviewed thousands of people, most of them women, and I would say that the root of every dysfunction I’ve ever encountered, every problem, has been some sense of a lacking of self-value or of self-worth.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Self-worth refers to the value, significance, and inherent sense of worth that you attribute to yourself. It is often confused with self-esteem, which is your overall evaluation and opinion of yourself. The difference between the two is that your self-worth is defined independent of external factors such as achievements, possessions, or social status, whereas self-esteem can be influenced by external factors, such as success or failure in specific areas of life. In other words, self-worth is more about recognizing and acknowledging your intrinsic value as a human being.
Your sense of self-worth influences your thoughts, emotions, and actions, therefore playing a significant role in your well-being, resilience, and overall satisfaction in life. It empowers you to set healthy boundaries, strive for your dreams, and navigate life’s challenges with grace and confidence.
You may be aware that your perceived value is strong in certain areas of your life, yet suffers in other areas. A balanced sense of self-worth requires constant nurturing and reinforcement, which includes self-reflection, self-acceptance, and the cultivation of self-care habits. The key is to intentionally engage in daily sacred acts that hold meaning and contribute to your well-being. From the moment you wake up until you retreat to bed, these acts set the tone for your day and reinforce a well-rounded sense of value.
These regular practices also allow you to forge a deeper connection with your true self, including your abilities, strengths, and potential to expand beyond your current level of success. Cultivating such practices equips you with greater insight for navigating through the many adventures that life brings. With heightened insight comes greater self-worth, joy, and ease on your journey.
10 Practices for Boosting Self-Worth
Meditation or Quiet Contemplation
Regular meditation or any other version of silent contemplation, cultivates a heightened self-awareness, promoting…