"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead! True Story!"
One of my most favorite quotes of all time is from the TV show "How I Met Your Mother" spoken by the infamous Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson. I giggle every time I read this or hear it. Although grammatically incorrect it's clear that Barney doesn't stop being sad or doesn't just start working on being more awesome, rather he exudes confidence and believes in his self-worth eternally. Self appreciation or self-worth is sometimes what we need and lack.
So believe it and hang this up in your office or refrigerator if you are AWESOME!
The dictionary defines self-worth as “the sense of one’s own value or worth as a human being.” It's our attitude which is built on our values and authenticity, as well as our accomplishments and contribution to society. It's estimated that roughly 85% of people worldwide (adults and adolescents) have low self-esteem. I was inspired by an article in Forbes magazine that stated; low self-esteem and self-worth can hinder personal and professional prospects. Research has shown time and time again that people with higher self-worth have higher salaries. Self-esteem may even affect your salary as much as cognitive abilities do. Just like Barney, confident people don't become confident because they landed an awesome high-paying job; to the contrary, they landed that stellar job because they perceived themselves in a positive light.
Here is the Barney clip:
Although I’ve found that my self-doubt actually has been an eye awakening part of my journey. I have developed many skills needed to stay focused when faced with self-doubt and pressure. Psychology Today defines Confidence as a belief in oneself, the conviction that one has the ability to meet life's challenges and to succeed—and the willingness to act accordingly. Being confident requires a realistic sense of one’s capabilities and feeling secure in that knowledge.
So the true path to higher self-esteem and self-worth is simply changing the way you look inward at yourself. Now go BE AWESOME!