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Self-Worth: What Is It and How to Assess It?

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Self-worth is often mistaken for self-confidence. In reality they are two very different things. Self-worth is examining your past and looking at the things that you have achieved, and knowing that you have contributed to this world, knowing your value as a person and being proud of it, even if others don’t acknowledge it or even worse, criticism you. Self confidence comes after you’ve attained or acknowledged your self worth. It is the feeling that you have the power, ability and courage to pursue your future goals no matter what others say.

One way to increase your self-confidence is to increase your self-worth. You can increase your self-worth by doing two things:

  1. By examining things that you have done in the past (examining your self worth)
  2. By doing new things that will build your self worth (building your self worth)

Examining Your Self-Worth

Examining your self-worth isn’t easy. Often times people with low self-worth have a hard time finding positive things about themselves.

Here are three areas you may want to explore in order to assess and increase your self-worth.

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List All of Your Accomplishments

List all of your accomplishments. No matter how big or small they are. No matter how long ago they happened. And it doesn’t matter if you accomplish them by yourself or with the help of others.

These accomplishments will vary greatly depending on your age and season in your life. You may want to even divide your list into categories such as: education, extracurricular activities, social life, family life, career, personal development, personal interest. Feel free to add any other categories that suit your needs.

One thing to keep in mind when you’re making your list is to be true to yourself. It doesn’t matter if someone else sees what you have done as positive or negative. Their opinions don’t matter at this moment. This list is just for you. You are the only one whose thoughts and ideas matter here. You can do it in private, and you don’t have to show it to anyone. Don’t let anyone anyone’s thoughts or opinions belittle what matters to you.

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Here are some areas to explore:

  1. Kindness shown to others
  2. Certificates of achievement, medals and trophies you got over the years for different activities
  3. All the courses you have completed, especially those that you thought you will never get done
  4. Education or career related certificates and diplomas that you gained over the years
  5. New skills that you have learned
  6. Goals that you have accomplished
  7. Promises you kept to other people or yourself
  8. Examples of situations which you believe you handled well
  9. Personal, relationship, parenting, education, or career decisions that you have made that you are happy about

List All of the Things You Are Proud of

This one is rather self-explanatory and does not require much guidance. Keep in mind, that things you are proud of don’t have to be big. It could be something as simple as waking up on time every day for a week, being patient with your kids when you felt like you are at the end of your rope, or responding rather than reacting to the person that made you angry.

In many instances, it is easier to start with the big things, and then try to find the little things that stand out in your mind.

The goal is to come up with a comprehensive list of at least 10 to 15 things that you are proud of. If you can list more – power to you!

In many instances, it is easier to start with the big things, and then try to find the little things that stand out in your mind.

The goal is to come up with a comprehensive list of at least 10 to 15 things that you are proud of. If you can list more – power to you!

List 10 Character Traits That Make You a Good Person

From personal experience, I find that this one is the hardest one. For many young people such as teenagers, I find it is difficult due to lack of vocabulary. So here is what I suggest. First, search for a list of adjectives that describe positive character traits. Print that list. Read all of the adjectives and circle at least 20 that you believe apply to you. Once you do that, for each adjective, think of an example from your life where you could be described as this kind of a person. To make this more vivid and real, on a piece of paper, write the adjective down, and then follow it with an example. Before you know it, you will have an extensive list of positive adjectives that describe you and solid examples that truly show how wonderful of a person you are.

You’re Almost There

Completing the above exercises is half the battle. Actually truly believing that all of what you have written make you a worthy person is another.

In order to start believing in yourself, you need to remind yourself of all of those accomplishments on daily basis. It may be a good idea to reread this list every day. You may also want to add to it something, no matter how little, that you accomplished each and every day.

Even if you feel that you are worthy and self-confident, it never hurts to examine the positive impact you have had on your own and other people’s life. I’m sure you’ll find little things that you have not thought of before, that will bring a smile to your face and make you feel better about yourself.

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    June 13, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    This post is amazing. I will take some time and take myself through these exercises. I struggle with identifying my self-worth and what truly makes me happy. I always place my happiness in others hands.

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    November 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Self-worth is hard for so many to achieve. This post is so inspiring..Thank you for the guidance!

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    October 22, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    This was a great post. Thanks for sharing. Look forward to reading more of your blog posts.

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    Iya - Louisa
    April 30, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I love this post so much! I am so bad at looking at my self worth etc… I am a fan of lists though so I guess this is something I could start to do!

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    April 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    You’ve put some really good points in here, and some helpful ways to boost one’s self esteem. I think I’m gonna start trying the lists, because I often suffer with low self worth 🙁 x

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    April 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I am going to send this to my mum and sister, as I know my sister has been having a hard time and I think she could benefit from your tasks 🙂

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    Louise x (@withlovefromlou)
    April 16, 2018 at 6:36 am

    I really struggle with knowing my self-worth, but you’ve inspired me to sit down and make some lists this afternoon. I WILL know my self-worth by the end of the day 🙂

    Louise x

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    Linda Hobbis
    April 16, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Those exercises look deceptively simple but I bet they’ll throw up some interesting memories and things to consider. The older you get the more there is to remember and I’ve never considered what my best qualities are.

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    Jen Mellor
    April 15, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I love this asit is something I really struggle with so I will try this

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    Eva Katona
    April 15, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    VEry good describing the difference between self worth and self Confidence! Great post.

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    Kaz & Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)
    April 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    What a great post and brilliant tips – I am going to do this and show my daughters too. Kaz

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    April 15, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Great suggestions, these! I have had a lifelong battle with self-worth and self-confidence, even though I’m a very capable person (on the outside). I’ll give this a go!

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    vicky hall-newman
    April 14, 2018 at 4:59 am

    You should be proud of things that you have achieved, even if they didn’t go the way that you expected. So knowing your self worth is extremely important to you. I love inspiration posts like this

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    April 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

    You just gave me double reasons to check up on a few things i have done rightly or wrong. True ways to asses this is truly filled in this list. Such an inspiring post

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    Steven & Ana Rose (@Roads_and_Pages)
    April 11, 2018 at 7:12 am

    The tips you given were all beneficial to your all of your readers. Knowing one’s worth is a good way to boost self-esteem. It should be understood that life can be all joys. Sometimes, there is a need to experience failures and sadness. Those are all spices of life.

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    Cassandra Rose
    April 10, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I think the biggest part of understanding your self-worth is really taking the time to know who you are and what you want in life. We sometimes spend so much time criticizing ourselves or worrying about what others are doing that we sell ourselves short.

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    Chuck Vargas
    April 10, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Those are really good points! Definitely agree with all of these knowing our self worth is really important as we grow up and getting older

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    April 9, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you for the detailed explanation on the difference between self worth and self confidence. I am more clear about it now and how to increase my self worth.

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    Kid Congeniality
    April 9, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Fantastic points. I am going to tweet this to my readers right now!

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    Elizabeth O
    April 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This was a really great article that really made me ponder my own self worth. You gave some great advice and tips that will really help anyone who is struggling with self love.

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    April 9, 2018 at 9:44 am

    This is something that I really need to work on for myself. I really love your suggestions as well; it’s a great reminder that we are all worth more than we think.

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    tina grant
    April 9, 2018 at 3:13 am

    This reminds me of the little engine that could. If we put our minds to anything and truly want it we can achieve that goal. It’s all about a mindset and telling ourselves we can do this.

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    April 9, 2018 at 1:27 am

    These 2 words are very confusing for me, actually I think its interchangeable, you cant really tell unless you know the exact meaning of each.

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    steph dorworth
    April 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks for distinguishing between self worth and self confidence, I agree they get mixed up. But how you explained it makes total sense. I like the fill up your own cup way of assessing. What a perfect exercise for anyone having a bad day. Great post!

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    April 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Wonderful idea to build and examine ones own self worth. I think we concentrate on building our self worth more than examining. That is where we should start.

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