Style My Soul Explores — As business professionals and entrepreneurs, where does your self worth come from? What is one tip you have for people to improve their self worth?
Self-Worth Comes From Committing to the Right Answer in the Now
Business people understand the concept of a sunk cost — one that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered. That applies to self-worth. Any “negative” experience: a tough childhood, a bad investment, a poor career decision, etc., can be viewed as a sunk esteem cost. But they have no bearing on your next move. If anything, hardship clarifies needed action. And nothing coaches like personal experience. Self-worth is rooted in the now. It comes from today’s thoughts, decisions, and actions. If you want more, simply commit to the best right answer — the one you are capable of at this moment. Sunk costs measured yesterday. Positive choices are investments that pay esteem dividends tomorrow. — Tim Toterhi, Plotline Leadership
Strong Relationships Encourage and Support Self-Worth
I think we each need a robust support network to help keep us afloat at times. While self-worth must come from within, having friends and family to lift us up during difficult times makes a significant difference in our process. List your three closest friends or family members down somewhere you look at every day, above how they make you feel. This reminder serves to show how these people consistently show up, make themselves available, and wish to grow alongside you. As long as you can offer mutual support when it counts, these people will help you at those times when you question yourself. No one gets through all of life alone, we must cultivate the relationships that make us feel the most full and ourselves. — Zach Goldstein, Public Rec
Start Self-Appreciation to Bring Out Your Self-Worth From Within
As an entrepreneur, I often had problems with my self-worth and compared myself to other people. Also, I was a people pleaser and could not say no because of my shyness. Because of my self-doubt, I was hesitant to leave my comfort zone and eagerly pursue my goals. I would only feel validated when I achieved a goal. Usually that did not last long, because I needed more successes to feel deserving. It’s only after I learned through therapy that my self-worth has to come from within but that takes some time. Here’s what you can do:
Start developing self-appreciation by setting aside time to list some of the qualities you can appreciate about yourself. Then, spend roughly 10 minutes each morning, afternoon, and evening reflecting on and celebrating those qualities. The voice of your own inner critic will become restless once you begin to value yourself, but you can learn to make it less helpful and weaker by engaging in motivational behaviors that will boost your self-esteem. — Echo Wang, Yoga Kawa
Follow Your Talent and Your Gut
I’ve heard people tell me, in blunt terms, that I should pivot and do something else. As a marketing professional in the financial space, you have to be really good to make your mark. It never failed — I always heard from those who were convinced that I didn’t have what it took to make it. I didn’t listen. If anything else, it motivated me more. I knew in my heart, head and gut that I had talent. I didn’t let the naysayers shake my confidence all that much. The best professional advice I can give is not necessarily to follow your dreams, but follow your talent. If you believe that you have a talent for something, focus on that. You may encounter people who don’t think you have the requisite talent and that will test you. But in the end, it only matters what you think. If you’re convinced you’re talented enough to excel at something, then forge ahead. You’ll eventually take off. — Trevor Ford, Yotta
Demonstrate Your Self Worth Through Service to Others
My self worth has always come from being of service to others. I grew up in a family where volunteering wasn’t just something we talked about around the dinner table, it was something my parents, my brothers, and I actively did from a young age. There are endless opportunities for personal growth while making a positive impact on society. While my own journey has taken many twists and turns, contributing to the greater good has always fueled my soul. Giving back to your community provides a sense of accomplishment, boosting your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. But, more importantly, it also gives you a feeling of connectedness and belonging, which are integral to anyone’s sense of self worth. — Maria Shriver, MOSH
Encourage Yourself With the Sacrifices of Your Forerunners to Do More
My parents’ immigrant journey fleeing war-torn Vietnam to Switzerland before I was born both humbles and inspires me to persevere no matter what interferes with my self worth. They taught me the value of perseverance and hard work, and whenever I feel insecure, I remember their sacrifice and how much more they struggled compared to me. When in doubt, remember that devaluing yourself also devalues the opportunities your ancestors fought for you to have. You owe it to them to weather rejection and keep fighting. Channel the courage the previous generations mustered out of survival, and allow you to tackle obstacles they dreamed for you to overcome. — Theresia Le Battistini, Fashion League
Don’t Stop Challenging Yourself
Challenge yourself. In the corporate world, your self-worth can get tied up with the success of your business. It can be difficult to feel assured when you’re going through a rough patch at work, but what I’ve struggled with in the past is when I’m feeling complacent. A great way to build your sense of self-worth is to make sure you’re being challenged. If you prove to yourself over and over that you’re capable of difficult work, you’ll feel confident and secure. — Rachel Reid, Subtl Beauty
Work Toward Your Goals to Drive Your Self-Worth
My self-worth as an entrepreneur comes from successfully completing goals that I set for myself and my company. My company’s early success and our overall story of resilience contribute to my entrepreneurial self-worth. We launched in 2018, and shortly after the COVID pandemic hit. We quickly switched to a remote work environment and experienced many tough adjustments including, communication challenges, collaboration problems, and helping people feel connected. I led my marketing team through overcoming all of these difficulties together and feel very proud of my team and our achievements. My number 1 tip for others to improve their self-worth is to recognize that self-worth is how you view yourself, not how other people view you. The beauty of being in a place of low self-worth, or maybe not even liking yourself, is that you can affect the change. Remember that challenging situations are not to be despaired, they are opportunities to improve your self-worth. — Viktor Holas, Wise Barber
Learn to Say No When You Should
Learn how to say no. As an entrepreneur, it often feels like there’s a lot riding on every interaction. When you’re feeling uncertain or insecure in your business, it’s easy to get dragged into agreeing to all sorts of things you don’t really want to do. This can risk you feeling overburdened, frustrated or resentful. The reality is that saying no to someone won’t usually jeopardize anything about your relationship in the long-term, regardless of whether it’s a business partnership or personal. You’ll feel stronger and more confident if you learn to only accept opportunities and offers that you feel comfortable accepting. — Vimla Black Gupta, Ourself
Treat Others With Respect
I try to pull my self-worth from how I treat others in the workplace, especially when operating from a position of power. Oftentimes people like to pull their worth from their work ethic and use it as an excuse to treat people unfairly. Even if you do great work, making sure you foster a positive work environment is much more important than the job you do. If I can give anyone a piece of advice, it would be to always pull their self-worth from their treatment of others. — Ian Heyman, MDP
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