“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You are not your lost job, your failed marriage, your failed exam, or your fancy cloth, watch, car or house. The value you place on yourself determines how others treat you, just like the dollar bill is always worth a dollar no matter what you do to it: rumple it, step on it, tear it, still a dollar. Why? Because the marketplace and the society agreed to accept it as legal tender no matter what. That is the same way your worth is determined, the value you place on yourself.
You are what you say you are, what you tolerate becomes your standard.
The marketplace would pay you exactly the value you place on yourself, nothing more nothing less. You are worthy, you need nothing more, you are specially made to withstand any circumstance trust on you. As Leo Buscaglia once said: ” ‘Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.’
In his great book, Seasons of Life, Jim Rohn writes:
Do not doubt yourself, for where doubt resides, confidence cannot. Do not neglect yourself, for with neglect comes loss. Do not imagine yourself to be less than you are, nor more than you are, but seek always to become all of which you are capable. Do not allow yourself to become arrogant or discourteous, for both are characteristics adopted by those who seek to cover their weaknesses.
Do not spend time regretting the past, but invest that time wisely by preparing a better future. You are a fertile seed of the creator of all things, destined not to lie dormant, but to spring forth from the soil called life, and grow upward toward the unlimited horizons— overcoming all obstacles in the process. It is your destiny to tap your talents and to achieve all that of which you believe yourself to be worthy… to love more, anticipate more, overcome more, plan more, attract more, and enjoy more than you ever dreamed possible. Such is the standard of life awaiting your mental decision and outstretched hand. You are deserving— you are becoming—and you shall succeed.
When you’re 18, you worry about what everybody is thinking about you.
When you’re 40, you don’t give a darn what anybody thinks of you.
When you’re 60, you realize that nobody has been thinking about you at all!
Here are some great quotes on knowing your self-worth:
- “Know who you are. Know what you want. Know what you deserve. And don’t settle for less.” – Tony Gaskins
- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”— Mark Twain
- “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “If you want to improve your self-worth, stop giving other people the calculator.” – Tim Fargo
- “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy.” – Wayne Dyer
- “Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”—Don Miguel Ruiz
- “Do not yearn to be popular; be exquisite. Do not desire to be famous; be loved. Do not take pride in being expected; be palpable, unmistakable.”—C. JoyBell C.
- “Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.” – Glenn Beck
- “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”– M. Scott Peck
- “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” – Yogi Bhajan
- “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm S. Forbes
- “Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.” – Ram Dass
- “When you refuse to settle for less than the best…the best tends to track you down.” – Mandy Hale
- “What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.” – Ayn Rand
- “Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” – C.S. Lewis
- “Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.” – Joan Didion
- “Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller
- “Know that you are worth so much more than the value you place on your body. It’s not the only thing that defines you.” – Molly Tarlov
- “Before you go giving yourself away to someone, know your worth.” – Kaisan Rei
- “Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on our own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.” – Denis Waitley
- “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”– Charles Bukowski
- “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with the hand-break on.” – Maxwell Maltz
- “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson
- “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale
- “Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality.”― Shannon L. Alder
- “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”― Shannon L. Alder
All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.