It seems ridiculous to try to quantify our self-worth. The truth is, it’s impossible to put a limit on ourselves because we each have infinite potential. Life is priceless, it’s all what you make of your time on Earth.
Fair enough. But, why do so many people sell themselves short?
We always hear about anomalies in the media and as such grow accustomed to thinking that such occurrences are mainstream. All you have to do is scroll through Instagram to see models or hear about an 18 year old millionaire. That’s really all it takes to start a downward spiral and ruin your confidence. It seems like there’s always someone better than you.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
As mentioned earlier, the only limitations in life are those that are self-imposed. There is infinite potential in each person, the hard part is convincing ourselves.
So how do we persuade ourselves that we have such enormous potential?
There are steps you can take that will get you closer to self-acceptance and self-love. Like perfecting a sales pitch or hitting a baseball, it takes practice to become good. Some people may quip that they don’t have time to practice. If you’re one of these people just remember that there’s no better investment than in yourself. If you can spend 8 hours or more at work, you can spend less than an hour each day working on yourself. No excuses.
By working on yourself regularly, you will begin to see positive changes in your life. These come with obvious benefits such as increased confidence and happiness. Start working towards your full potential today with these simple steps.
Think about a close relative or a friend. Would it be easy to list things you love about them?
If you were asked to list the things you love about a significant other or another loved one, you could probably come up with a gigantic list. In contrast, when asked to find things that people appreciate about themselves, it seems like more of a challenge. Perhaps your initial thought is that it seems selfish–this couldn’t be further from the truth. Finding reasons to love yourself will increase your happiness and boost your confidence.
In Napoleon Hill’s infamous book Think and Grow Rich, he discusses the power of repetition at length. One example mentioned is completing daily affirmations. By repeating the same ideas to yourself regularly, the idea is that your subconscious will catch on.
Come up with a list of 5 things that you love about yourself and put this concept to work. Over time, you will begin to believe what you’re saying, even if you don’t initially. Similar to affirmations, practicing self-love needs to be done frequently in order for it to have lasting effects. Another thing worth noting on this topic is to keep your list consistent. Repeating the same 5 things that you love about yourself regularly will give your mind clear focus. In contrast, switching up your list will detract from your goal because it sends mixed signals to your brain. Be consistent in all regards for this practice.
There are many ways to complete this daily routine. For maximum effectiveness, try implementing this as a morning and before bed ritual. If it’s the first thing you think about when you wake up and the last thing before bed, it will stick. Each day, write down the same 5 things that you love about yourself. Then, read them out loud so that you can hear yourself saying it. It feels weird at first, but it’s worth trying if you have nothing to lose. Repeat this at night before bed and wait for results.
A great way to build confidence is to celebrate your accomplishments. These can be little things that you do on a daily basis and should also include major gains throughout your life.
Each day, great things happen in life that we fail to acknowledge. Consider all the good deeds that you probably do without even realizing it. During the work day, you’ve probably helped colleagues or customers with something. On a personal level, maybe you were disciplined going to the gym. These things are all worth celebrating. There might not be a trophy or award, but recognizing the small things in life will give you encouragement to keep going.
Think about all of your major achievements throughout your journey. This area of life is typically the one we are more familiar with celebrating. A promotion, having a kid, buying a house, overcoming an obstacle, and so on. Even though these events occur less often, you should remind yourself of them regularly. If you can do something great once, you can do it again in the future.
With such busy lives, not enough time is put into reflection. Most of the day is spent on auto-pilot or reacting to things that pop up. Allocating time each day to reflect gives us control and ultimately helps us get better.
The term “reflection” can be interpreted in many different ways. This can be as grand as sitting on a mountain top pondering life, or as informal as shutting off the radio on your way home from work and just thinking. It gives you the opportunity to decompress and keeps your mind present. Not only will this practice temporarily relieve your anxiety, it can also help you see your day from a different perspective. Take time to look at events from different angles and see how you can do better in the future or replicate success.
Self-reflection is an excellent way to learn more about yourself. As you get in tact with your mind, body, and spirit you will feel at peace.
There’s no limit to what you can accomplish in life. By following the steps provided in this post, you will increase your own self-worth. Take the time to practice these things each day, you deserve it!