18 July 2008

What is Self-Worth??

What is Self-Worth??

Sometimes we wrap ourselves up in all our doubts, fears and insecurities. We start to think and believe that other people are better than us. Then we start to wish that we could be somebody else. The truth is, that anyone can feel this way. The fact is that more than half the population feels this way at some point. It just might be that the person you are admiring for their strength or confidence actually feels the same way about you.

Why DO we feel this way?

We become enveloped in our own quiet desperation, born out of our own beliefs of our perceived inadequacies. Then we repeat these thoughts in our mind, and our mind finds experiences that "prove" our thoughts for us, and we begin to believe them. We are suffering from low self-esteem and low self-worth. And we feel we have no way out. We think there is no way to change any of it. And over time we become depressed and hopeless.

Are Self-Esteem and Self-Worth different?

The simple answer is YES, most definitely!

Self-esteem is what we believe about ourselves based on what other people think of us. Self-esteem can be raised or lowered by the events of our everyday lives. Compliments on your clothing can raise your self-esteem. People snickering as you walk past them can lower your self-esteem. Praise from a boss, teacher, or parent can raise your self-esteem. Burning dinner can lower your self-esteem. Self-esteem can be quite a roller coaster ride!

Self-worth is what we think of ourselves. It is what we tell ourselves through our thoughts and our actions about who we are, and what our value is. Self-worth can only be raised or lowered by our own thoughts. Other people can not change your self-worth, only you can change your self-worth.

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Author: Catherine Lillig
Catherine Lillig is a homeschooling mother of three children, and a student of personal development for over 15 years. Helping others to become the best they can be through knowledge and understanding is her mission. She is available for speaking engagements about Homeschooling, Life Learning, Radical Unschooling, and Personal Development, and how they can work hand in hand.

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