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Know Your Worth: Tips for Building Self-Worth


If you want to improve your self-worth, stop giving other people the calculator.” – Tim Fargo

Upon seeing this quote, I found it to be very powerful.  It made me take a step back and think about where my self-worth lies.  The dictionary defines self-worth as the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person.  If this is true, it means self-worth cannot be increased or decreased by anyone, because it comes from within.

Self-worth is your sense of self and how you value yourself as a part of the world; better yet, the universe.  It is knowing your existence on this earth is purposeful, and walking in that purpose. Many of us fail to walk in our purpose or feel our lives have meaning because we allow others to define our worth.

Self-worth simply comes from within. If you are struggling with feelings of low self-worth, here are a few ways to build it up.

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others  You are uniquely and wonderfully made.  As a matter of fact, I am pretty confident there is only one you.  Be you and do it well!  Who wants to be a carbon copy of someone else?  If you’re uncomfortable in your skin, that’s okay… but I insist you learn to wear it well and love the skin you’re in!
  2. Stop conforming  Instead of being afraid of not fitting in someone else’s space, recognize it’s okay to create your own. Stop putting so much emphasis on what other people think of you. I am starting to realize more than ever, what other people think about me isn’t my business.
  3. Believe in your direction  Once you discover your purpose, fight for it and don’t let anyone stop you. Maybe your path has some obstacles, so work to overcome them. Maybe your path is a little unconventional, but keep going. Maybe your path is filled with haters… then let them hate!  If you are moving towards something you believe in, then you are moving in the right direction.
  4. Impress yourself!  Self-worth is not about impressing others, it’s about impressing yourself. If you spend your energy worrying about what others think and trying to impress them, how much time are you really devoting to those things that are important to you?

I’ve been on a little hiatus, but I’m back!  Keep following this blog and look forward to additional posts that will hopefully inspire you! Be well and as always, Help Yourself!

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Know Your Worth: Tips for Building Self-Worth

Donna M. White, LPC/I, CACI

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APA Reference
White, D. (2015). Know Your Worth: Tips for Building Self-Worth. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 19, 2019, from


Last updated: 13 Dec 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Dec 2015
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