Self-love and self-worth are vital traits for personal development and creating healthy relationships throughout our lives. It’s not about ego or being selfish, it’s about understanding the value we bring to this world. Self-worth affects how we relate to others in personal and professional relationships. It allows us to push our limits and explore possibilities. Perhaps you were born to cure the common cold, become a scientist, or solve world hunger.
In our vast universe, it’s easy to see ourselves as insignificant. How can just one person make a difference? Take a look at the character, George (Jimmy Stewart) in- It’s A Wonderful Life , he prevented the pharmacist from poisoning a child and subsequently going to jail; he saved his brother’s life, and even saved Bedford Falls!!” Ultimately he became suicidal and saw no value in himself or his potential contributions to society.
“Clarence: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he”?
What unique gifts do you have to offer others? Are you a great communicator, teacher, writer, artist? Imagine how small our world would be if we lacked the self-confidence and the vision to pursue our dreams. Lack of self-worth and poor self-esteem clouds your future making it impossible to see the opportunities that arise. Psychology Today reports:
People with low self-esteem tend to see the world as a hostile place and themselves as its victim. As a result, they are reluctant to express and assert themselves, miss out on experiences and opportunities, and feel powerless to change things. All this lowers their self-esteem still further, sucking them into a downward spiral.
Learn to build your confidence by taking care of your health and appearance. Open your eyes, pursue your passion, and get educated. You can make a big difference in the life of those around you. Boost your confidence and self-worth by learning to respect and love yourself. It can lead to great things.
mindbodygreen lists the ten traits of self-respect- How many traits do you have?
People who have self-respect
- Know who they are and never apologize for who they are.
- Like and excel at being who they are.
- Won’t settle for relationships that are not good for them.
- Don’t concern themselves with how others perceive them.
- Are able to say ‘no’ to things that don’t suit them.
- Won’t compromise their values to ‘fit in’.
- Take responsibility for themselves.
- Are honest with themselves.
- Know their time is valuable.
- Never give up on themselves.
Take inventory of your strengths and make a point to work on weak areas. Who knows, you may be the next “George” and save Bedford Falls!