By Cheryl Garrison
Amazing things happen once you finally realize your self-worth.
Last year, I released a training on confidence for women over 50 called Bring Her Back. While researching the different ways women can regain confidence, I came across this quote, “Know your worth, then add tax.” It resonated with me because it embodied the essence of what it means to live a “first class” life filled with self-worth. First class living is not only about knowing your worth, but also about knowing it so well that you are bold enough to demand the BEST out of everything that you do and having the confidence to push your skills and expertise to the next level.
How do you find your self-worth? The short answer is to improve your self-confidence. When you have self-confidence or high self-esteem, you know your worth and trust that others will recognize your value. Having confidence can help you to take on the world with more energy and determination, resulting in better relationships, quality work and a feeling of being connected with your surroundings. Self-confident people usually can influence others more easily, as well as control their own emotions and behaviors more responsibly.
Improving your self-confidence and ultimately knowing your worth requires that you…
Invest in yourself – When you have confidence and know your worth, you know the importance of investing in improving your skills and knowledge. You are not afraid to explore new things because you know that the more you know, the more you grow! Personal growth is an important part of living a “first-class” life. Invest the time and money it takes to hone in on your skills as an entrepreneur or in your specific career. There are also many opportunities to increase your life skills such as being more organized, keeping a calendar, balancing work and family, and studying for spiritual growth.
Trust your decisions – Knowing your worth affects every area of your life, especially the decisions you make regarding family, career, business, faith… every area. When you know your worth, you trust yourself and the decisions you make. You are not afraid to take a chance because you know that no matter what, it will all work out for your good. You will be able to seize opportunities that lead to more success, more happiness… a “first-class” life.
Embrace your failures and move forward – We all fail. Some failures are bigger or more significant than others, but if you are “doing”, you are subject to failing. J.K.Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series, wrote “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” People who know their worth and live a “first-class” life fail forward.
They know that a failure is a singular incident that defines a singular act. It simply means in a certain instance they did not reach their goal. Remember, failure is one event that doesn’t define you. Embrace your failures, learn from them and then move forward to a successful conclusion.
Surround yourself with positive people – This one is a no-brainer! Positive people exude positive energy and make everyone around them better. As you pursue a “first-class” life, be sure to hang out with positive people. Negative people help you find the negatives all around you. They pride themselves in bringing you down. When you know your worth, you know that for you to achieve your goals and aspirations you MUST keep positive people in your circle of influence.
Amazing things happen once you finally realize your self-worth. Your relationships will become more stable, your business (if you have one) will be more prosperous and you will attract more clients, and your career will soar to unimaginable heights. This is the key to first-class living.
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