January 4, 2011
What's Your True Value?
Self-worth is often determined by how we feel about who we are and what we've accomplished. But if you base too much of your value on appearance or your bank account, you may be selling yourself short, in terms of your true value. So, what's the real contribution you have to any organization worth?
“Women must make major mental shifts in their belief system to recognize what their true value is,” Amanda Steinberg, founder of DailyWorth.com, tells PINK."Often, women undervalue what they bring to their jobs."
“Without having your self-worth backing up your desire for net worth, you'll have a lot of blockage,” suggests Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Add More~ing To Your Life. She and Steinberg add that it's self-worth which gives us the confidence to ask for more.
If your self-worth needs a boost, experts suggest organizing your thoughts and not letting emotions get the best of you at work. Bernstein says remember that, even in tough times, companies know they need to hold on to their most valuable people.
Since our core emotional need is to be valued, we shouldn't take criticism or negative feedback as a reflection of our personal value, but rather an area of our performance that can be improved, explains The Harvard Business Review.
Dr. Cheryl Saban’s book, Know Your Worth: A Women’s Guide to Validation, and her blog help women “understand, actualize and vocalize their worth.”
Surrounding yourself with an empowering community can help focus your self-worth against proper metrics, says HerFuture.com. Join women’s groups like Power Posse to connect with other women through social networking and mentorship.
Bonus PINK Link: It’s not always what you know, but who you know. Learn how your network equals your net worth.
By Megan Hylton
"The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others." Dr. Sonya Friedman