Have you ever been hesitant about asking for a raise? Have you felt drained by the end of a workday, feeling unfulfilled internally and financially? If you’re a business owner, have you thought of how your business should be getting better returns, but you just can’t increase the price range with your customers?
If yes, then it’s time to introspect a little. You needn’t change what you do for your day-to-day living to create financial freedom. You must change the way you see your self-worth — those limiting beliefs about yourself. Your self-worth is the perfect investment which will constantly help you reap returns, both internal and financial.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO IMPROVE SELF- WORTH?
Self-worth is a big word (and a great mindset). It can directly affect your business. By believing you’re worthier, you will enable yourself to charge higher prices. This boost of confidence will reflect on your genuine talents and value. I can also change others perception about you and what you do.
Your perception of your self-worth will reflect in your attitudes, actions and interactions with people in general, thereby exuding confidence in everything you do.
And with the confidence that you’re worth the investment of others, you will, in turn, inspire them to invest in your talent and skills.
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR PERCEPTION OF SELF-WORTH
NOTE: Improving the perception of your self- worth takes worth mentally because it focuses on improving your mindset.
WHAT YOU BELIEVE, YOU RECEIVE
You attract the things with which you feed your brain. Simply said, when you, yourself, believe you’re unworthy of love, time, money or anything else, you will notice that you will keep getting such reactions in it various situations. People will treat you in the way that you believe you should be treated, whether positively or negatively.
But if you would change and believe you deserve the fair treatment or financial gain, you will notice how things will be different. The world will respond accordingly to what you project through actions, words and thoughts.
YOU CAN ALTER SITUATIONS AND PEOPLE’S BELIEFS WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
With a positive attitude, you raise your self-worth without even noticing that you’re receiving better treatment from the world. You can also improve your life outlook with healthy self-belief and self-esteem. For example, as you believe you deserve wealth, you can actively pursue in achieving it, thereby boosting your net worth.
GET ATTENTION AND RESPECT WITH HIGHER CONFIDENCE
Do you want people to pay attention to what you’re saying or offering? Feel and be confident! For example, if you were a speaker, you could easily gain the faith of your audience if you had faith in yourself.
“Every word you say has an impact because you say it with confidence — that exuberant level of belief in what you’re saying.” Be sure that you know and believe in your self- worth, so you won’t have a hard time convincing others that your talent and skills are worth their investment. After all, they need to know that you have confidence in your abilities so that they too, would believe.
YOUR FINANCIAL NET WORTH AND SELF- WORTH — ARE THEY CORRELATED?
For some people, the roots of all their money troubles can be traced back to self-worth issues. Unless you feel worthy of the life you want, you won’t feel worthy to have it.
If you don’t feel internally worthy, you will start developing mental and emotional patterns that prevent you from getting not just the money, but also the happiness, time and love you need and want. By attracting thoughts that boost your confidence and self-worth, you intrinsically boost your ability to earn. And hence, without even saying, your self-worth will determine your financial value or net worth.
GETTING A SENSE OF YOUR VALUE
The single best way to determining your net worth is actually to know your self-worth above all. For example, some people low ball their price in the job market because they don’t think they deserve to charge higher for their work. [And you could notice that having this sense of low self-worth if you have it, will also reflect in your bank balance.] “People with a low sense of self-worth don’t believe they are worth higher prices. So they’re not charging the price they’re worth. It is their own limiting belief that they don’t deserve higher pay.” To change this, you have to work internally, learn how to replace feelings of unworthiness and get a sense of your value.
DO NOT LET YOUR NET WORTH DECIDE YOUR REAL WORTH
This might be easier said than done, especially if you’re already bogged down by financial worries. By knowing your market value, you’ll find it easier to deal with your negative feelings about the money that you’re receiving. Here are some things you can do to prevent your net worth from deciding your self-worth:
- Flesh out your market value — either by yourself or through websites that rate skills.
- Talk to someone you trust — a mentor or a coach who will be honest and tell you about what you deserve to receive and how you can ask your employer about it.
- But at the end of the day, you should note that your salary isn’t your only source of happiness. Happiness can be found in many activities unrelated to your job. For example, by joining worthy causes like volunteering or engaging in community service. The internal fulfilment from such activities can provide you with motivation, creativity and vision that will pour into your professional and personal life too.
- Practice gratitude if you want to boost your confidence. With it, you can train your brain to notice and appreciate the better things in daily life. “By always reminding yourself of even small things that have great impact, you’ll feel a sense of contentment — and that contentment creates more value for yourself.”
BEING A MASTER OF SELF-CARE
Self-care promotes your personal and spiritual development by nourishing the body and mind. It invests in your professional and personal growth by working internally (a must-have mindset!) to improve mental health and happiness.
A healthy body equals a healthy mind. While many of us find it easy to sacrifice one for the other, we definitely should not do so, because they’re both linked.
Hobbies and interests outside work, friends and family, relaxation, sleep, regular exercise and a healthy diet are all important for your success. So without even saying, working hard isn’t the only secret to success.
WORK SMART, NOT WORK HARD!
Work smart and efficiently at your workplace. Delegate unimportant tasks, remove unnecessary memos, goals and notes and always remember the quote, “out of sight, out of mind!”
Engage in smart work so that you will have the time to care for yourself. This rule does not just apply in the workplace, but in your home as well. When doing mundane tasks, play relaxing sounds like those of raindrops or windchimes or even nature, in the background. When taking a bath, soak with some Epsom salt and aromatherapy oils. See, self-care does not need much effort. And it’s very easy to incorporate into your routine as well!
Investing in your self-worth takes a while and need some deliberate practice, but in the end, it’s all “worth it.” Take a small step each day reminding yourself that you’re worthy. Again, don’t let your net worth (and bank balance) define your self- worth, learn how to develop confidence, practise gratitude and be a master of self-care.
Finally, believe you’re worthy of investment, be the first one to believe in your genuine talents and skills, and attract the life you deserve by commanding higher self-worth.