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What is self-worth and how do you raise it

Self-worth is one of the most important factors in being happy. It's a feeling of satisfaction with yourself and your accomplishments. You can raise self-worth in many different ways, but the most important thing is to understand what self- worth really means and how it affects your life.

Self-worth is what you think about yourself.

Self-worth is a pretty broad term, so let's break it down. Self-worth is what you think about yourself. It's how much you like and trust yourself, it is not what other people think about you, it is what YOU think about you. 

If your self-worth is low, that means that you don't think very highly of yourself or the things that are important to you. This can lead to negative thoughts and feelings like:

  • I'm not good enough

  • Everyone else is better than me

  • I'm always messing up

How is it influenced?

Self-worth is something that you develop in childhood, but can be influenced by the relationships you have with your parents and others. In general, if your parents are/were emotionally supportive and loving, it's likely that they will pass those traits on to you. However, if your parents have/had low self-esteem or treat themselves poorly by neglecting their own needs, then they didn't have a strong sense of self-worth either.

The influence of other people has a lot to do with how we see ourselves and our place in the world. If someone is constantly negative about themselves or others around them, this can affect how we think about ourselves as well—and vice versa: if someone thinks highly of us or makes us feel good about ourselves on a regular basis, this can also help build up our confidence levels over time!

It affects how much you like and trust yourself, as well as how much you trust others.

Self-worth is a concept that affects how much you like and trust yourself, as well as how much you trust others. If your self-worth is high, then you're more likely to feel good about yourself and have positive thoughts about your own abilities. This can lead to better relationships with others, who will see the positive changes in your behavior first hand. You are prone to see the positive aspects of life before the negatives.

A low sense of self-worth can come from a number of sources: comparisons between ourselves and others (or even just feeling different from those around us), being denied recognition for accomplishments or being constantly criticized by others. Negative experiences such as these can chip away at our confidence over time until we begin to believe them ourselves—that we aren't good enough or capable enough without constant reinforcement from others.

People with low self-worth tend to perform poorly at work and school, have a lot of relationship problems, make bad financial decisions, engage in risky behavior and underperform athletically.

Low self-worth affects your ability to perform at work and school, as well as in your social life. Low self-esteem also makes it more likely that you'll make bad financial decisions, engage in risky behavior and underperform athletically. That explains high school dodgeball for me! :)

Low self-esteem can also lead to relationship problems, stress and depression, poor physical health and overall quality of life. So it's something worth investing time into understanding, pinpointing and raising.

The first step is to be aware of how it's affecting your life now.

  • If you feel like there's something missing from your life, like a connection with others or a sense of purpose, that could be self-worth issues.

  • If you're holding on to negative experiences and have trouble letting go of them, that can be related to low self-worth.

  • You might not feel worthy of doing things because they make you happy, but they'll actually help improve your life.

Start keeping track of everything in your life that makes you happy, whether it's a warm day or a kind gesture from a friend.

You can use this as an opportunity to reflect on the essential components that add value to your life. If there are things that make you feel loved, write them down! Give yourself permission to celebrate these parts of your life instead of ignoring them like they don't matter (or worse yet - disregarding them). It's important not only for self-care but also for raising our own self-worth so we can learn what matters most and build upon those values.

Use those lists to remind yourself of everything good in your life when you're feeling down.

Once you've made your lists, keep them in an easy-to-find place. You'll want to check these out on a regular basis and remind yourself of all the good things in your life when you're feeling down about something.

As you do this, try to also add new things that make you happy as they happen. If something comes up that makes a big difference for you—whether it's learning how to play a guitar or taking up salsa dancing—write it down! Not only will this help keep the list current, but it will also remind yourself at just the right moment that there are plenty of things worth appreciating about life.

Finally, don't forget: finding happiness can sometimes mean trying new activities and experiences; getting outside of your comfort zone once in awhile may be just what's needed to find some joy again!

Surround yourself with other positive people.

The people you spend time with, the things you read and watch and listen to all make a difference in the way you feel about yourself.

You need to build a support network of positive friends around you. You need to surround yourself with people who can lift your spirits, who will encourage you when they see you struggling, who are always there for encouragement and advice when needed.

It's also important to avoid negative people in your life at all costs! If a friend constantly talks negatively about themselves or others is not going to help anyone's self-worth. 

Doing a clean up on your phone, remove old texts, contacts, pictures, clean up your social media and follow people that inspire you to be the best version of you. Where when you read their content or see what their up to, it inspire you, it expands you. Remember, jealousy can actually be a good thing, when you feel activated by someone else it's actually your soul telling you what that too! So use them as a expander of what's possible.

Ways to increase self-worth

Self-worth is not a fixed trait, it's something that can be built over time. Here are some things you can do to increase your self-worth:

  • Keep track of times when you feel good about yourself, take note. That means you are in alignment.

  • Make a list of all the things that make you happy, and do more of them!

  • Keep the promises you make to yourself.

  • Talk kindly to yourself, because your brain and body believe every word you say. Your words affect your DNA.

The best way to start raising your self-worth is by looking at the facts. You’re worthy of love, respect, and kindness because you are. You were born worthy. You were born enough. No one decides that but you, and the only time that you feel not enough is when you are comparing yourself to another.

I think this is so important to remember. At the end of the day, it's not about how hard you work or what you achieve—it's about being happy and present in the world. You are worthy just because you exist! You don't need to do anything to prove that—your creator already decided that when he gave you worth at birth. And if you can just start from there, then your internal sense of worthiness will be able to grow.

All my love,

Amanda xx - Chief Worthiness Officer

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