1 Peter 2:9
Many people in the world today do not develop their self-worth daily because they do not realize that it can be cultivated, no matter the experiences they might have had in life. The key to developing your self-worth is by recognizing that creating self-worth is a seed that grows if you water it. Therefore, you must develop a healthy self-worth because any reduction in your image will culminate in a reduction in the total capacity of your effectiveness as a human being.
However, there are many ways for you to value yourself and assess your worth as a human being, and some of these are more psychologically beneficial than others. Self-worth can be defined as a confidence and satisfaction in oneself. It is an individual’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. Self-worth encompasses what you believe about yourself. Those with high self-worth believe that they are adequate, strong and worthy of a good life, while those with low self-worth feel inadequate and worthless. Your value system matters in determining the destiny of your life. The first step in developing a self-worth is to stop comparing yourself to others and evaluating your every move; in other words, you need to challenge your critical inner voice. The critical inner voice is like a nasty coach in our heads that constantly nags us with destructive thoughts towards ourselves or others. This internalized dialogue of critical thoughts or inner voices undermines your sense of self-worth and even leads to self-destruction or maladaptive behaviors, which makes you feel worse about yourself. However, you can challenge your inner critic and begin to see yourself for who you are, rather than taking on its negative point of view about yourself. You can differentiate from the ways you were seen in your family and begin to understand and appreciate your own feelings, thoughts, desires and values. A true sense of self-worth can also be fostered by practicing self-compassion. self-compassion is the practice of treating yourself with the same kindness and compassion as you would treat a friend. Adding meaning to your life, by taking part in activities that you feel are important, is another great way to build self-worth. Helping others, offers a huge boost to your sense of self-worth.
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People find meaning in many different ways; think about the activities and interests that feel meaningful to you personally and pursue those activities to build a more positive feeling of self-worth. Acting on principles, in ways that you respect, is another important quality to foster as you develop a higher level of self-worth. You must develop a healthy self-worth because you are completely responsible for the outcome of your life.