What Creates Self Worth? Here Are 6 Answers That Will Feed Your Curiosity

“Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” – Brian Tracy

Self worth is like gladiator armor. It protects you from any outside forces or dangers.

And if any damage is inflicted on you, it doesn’t last long. You can easily bounce back from it. You’ll be able to deflect any damage thrown at you.

But what If you don’t know how to create that armor? What If you don’t know what materials to use to make your armor stronger?

Well that’s what I’ll be getting into. Knowing how to create self worth will help you keep it, sustain it and strengthen it.

Pay attention to these 6 things that create self worth.


1. How you deal with being mistreated

“People will mistreat you, but never let them defeat you.” – Unknown

I was first bullied at the age of 6-7 years old. That’s a form of mistreatment. Back then my gladiator armor (self worth) wasn’t as strong as it is today.

No matter who you are or where you’re born, you’ll be mistreated throughout your life one way or another. Whether it’s physical bullying, or someone shouting and screaming in your face as if you’re a peasant.

Being mistreated isn’t the thing that matters. It’s how you respond to it.

When I was dealing with bullying, my self worth was about as tall as….. Whatever the thought was that just popped into your mind.

I didn’t know any better so I didn’t know how to deal with being mistreated in a way that would build my self worth. Or at least protect it from the naysayers .

And that’s where the problems begin for most of us. If you don’t know how to respond to mistreatment, it will crush your self esteem.

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2. Your accomplishments

What Creates Self Worth? Here Are 6 Answers That Will Feed Your Curiosity

“Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.” – Maxwell Maltz

I used to play the Video GameNinja Gaiden 2. I ended up beating the game on the hardest difficulty. Something only a couple hundred people (no more than 1000) in the world had accomplished.

The video game has millions of players.

When I used to make music I had my song featured on the radio.

This blog has been featured in the top 100 personal development blogs in the world. Twice.

These are 3 examples of accomplishments for me.

The type of accomplishment doesn’t matter, as long as you accomplish something.

The more you accomplish, the more self worth you’ll end up with.

And the type of things you accomplish will impact your self worth either in a huge way or a small way.

But it all adds up! So go out there and accomplish something. No matter how big or small it is.


3. The things you choose to believe in

When I was a kid I believed in being different. I believed doing the same thing as everybody else was not the way to go. But of course, I conformed.

I also believed I was worthless and pathetic as a teenager. Naysayers and bullies taught me to believe that.

They sold me their bullshit and I eventually bought it. And so, my self worth suffered.

I did things I kinda regret now, all because I chose to believe in the criticism I was being sold.

But these days? I believe in… myself.

My self worth is so high if you looked up you’d be able to see it in clear view.

What you choose to believe in will determine your level of self worth. So be mindful of that.

The great thing is – you get to choose what you believe in. And you can change WHAT you believe in at any given moment.


4. Acknowledgement

What Creates Self Worth? Here Are 6 Answers That Will Feed Your Curiosity

Every time I’m with my niece and nephew, they demand my attention. Kids are full of energy after all.

But that’s not the reason why they demand my attention. No, it’s because like everybody, we want to be acknowledged by others.

Being acknowledged has the power to make or break a relationship or friendship.

And beyond that, the most important thing it does is strengthen your self worth.

When I had my website featured in the top 100 list, I acknowledged it by celebrating. I went for a Chinese meal or something of the sort.

It’s not just acknowledgement from others that helps. It’s acknowledging your own self and the things you accomplish.

Self-acknowledgement is the most powerful type of acknowledgement. It’s the main way to build, strengthen and sustain your self worth.

Once you have that, you’ll feel a lot better about who you are on the inside.


5. How you see yourself

What Creates Self Worth? Here Are 6 Answers That Will Feed Your Curiosity

When I used to look in the mirror, I saw ugliness. That’s why I torn up some of the photographs of myself that I had.

Under all that ugliness is pain, sadness, criticism, naysayers, and insecurity. But it was dressed up in fancy clothing so nobody else was able to see it.

Now when I look in the mirror I see me for what I am. I see happiness, joy, love, excitement, passion, calm, and laughter.

Looking at myself in the mirror is enjoyable. I’m not perfect, but I know I’m more than enough. And so my self worth reflects that.

When you look into the mirror, what do you see?

Whatever it is you see, just know that’s the reason your self worth is either bright or dull. Because how you see yourself is what creates and defines your self worth.

If you don’t see yourself in the brightest of lights, then find a set of stronger bulbs. Turn up the brightness a little.

You do that by emptying all the negative feelings and thoughts into the garbage. And throwing it all out for good.

It takes practice, but you’ll get there.


6. Recognition

Being recognized for your efforts is helpful. It’s not crucial for your self worth, but it does play a role.

When I receive comments on this website, It feels as if I just drank a bottle of gratitude. Because I’m filled with it.

The feeling may not last forever. In fact, it lasts for a couple of minutes. Maybe no longer than half an hour. But being recognized for my efforts does help.

It adds to my self worth.

Especially when the thing I’m being recognized for is priceless. Meaning – you can’t put a price tag on it. Because it’s invaluable, no different to things like love, a strong bond or affection.

Being recognized for the way you dress is cool. But it has nothing on being recognized for something purposeful with deep meaning.

What Creates Self Worth?

  1. How you deal with being mistreated
  2. Your accomplishments
  3. The things you choose to believe in
  4. Acknowledgement
  5. How you see yourself
  6. Recognition

If you want to feel worthy, focus on these 6 things. Study them. Pay attention. It’s all a work in progress, and your efforts are never ending.

If there’s an area you feel you’re weak in, then make an effort to improve on it. The goal isn’t to aim for perfection, it’s to progress and improve.

Do that, and your self worth will thank you for it!

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Theo J Ellis

I share my experiences and document my journey. My motto is: Just Be Real, because when you be yourself without fear of criticism, it gives you a sense of freedom and happiness that can't be taken away from you.

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  • Just stumbled upon your article and wanted to let you know that you are describing self-esteem and not self-worth. It might be valuable for you to investigate the difference.

    • Self worth and self esteem are one in the same. It’s about HOW you feel about yourself, and WHAT you feel you’re worth.

      You might be over-complicating the definitions.

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