We hear so much about self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence. And, because we hear those terms thrown around so flippantly, we often conflate them. However, they are not all the same thing. Your sense of self-worth is, in short, your ability to believe that you are worthy of love and acceptance. Self-worth is an essential part of finding your success and creating the opportunities you’ve always dreamed about. In order to achieve your dreams, you need to believe you’re worthy of your dreams.
The Need to Build Self-Worth
Self-worth is an important part of finding and creating opportunities because, if you don’t believe you’re worthy of opportunity, you’re going to miss the opportunities right in front of you. If you don’t believe you’re worthy of working toward your goals, how will you ever find the time to reach them? You are worthy of setting aside dedicated time to make progress toward any accomplishment you wish to have. As humans, we often get caught up in the idea that we need to help others and be selfless in order to be worthy of our dreams. But people with just the right amount of self-worth know that they are inherently worthy of opportunities.
Self-Worth and Feminism
Women needed to be courageous in order to stand up for the rights they deserve as human beings. But that’s not all. Our ancestors never would have been able to fight for women’s rights without self-worth. Even feminists in the 1700s knew that women were just as worthy of love, respect, and belonging as men are. If the first-wave feminists never had the courage to believe that they too are worthy of rights, women may not have a lot of the rights they do today. Right now, there’s still a disproportionate amount of men in leadership positions. And we know women often have a hard time asking for promotions and raises. However, knowing that you are worthy of getting the promotions you’re qualified for can make a huge difference in female representation in leadership.
Self-Worth and the Moxie Cycle
Self-worth is the second step of the Moxie Cycle. It takes a lot of courage to begin building up your self-worth. You need to believe that you’re worthy of love and acceptance despite what people who don’t believe in you may think. And, because we’re human, there will always be people who don’t believe in us, or find reasons to reject us. Therefore it can feel nearly impossible to have self-worth despite all of that. However, self-worth fuels growth and teachability. This is because you believe in yourself, you will begin to see obstacles as learning opportunities instead of failures.
Jillcoil.com is all about empowering women to build the self-worth they need to create opportunities for themselves. As a society, we have a moral obligation to continue to fight the battle against sexism and misogyny. Humans across history have raised women to believe that they are not worthy of the same rights and opportunities men are. Though we’re incredibly grateful that times have changed, we recognize that there’s still lots of work to be done in America and across the world. However, teaching women to believe that they are worthy of love and respect is a great place to start.
What did you decide to do last week to act with courage? If you’ve done it yet, did you feel a sense of failure or accomplishment upon doing it? How do you feel choosing to do something courageous has affected your sense of self worth?