“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball

Worth is one of the most important qualities of a person or thing. We treat people, animals, or objects based on their worth or what we think they are worth. The same person who squashes an earthworm may not sleep if his dog is not by his side. Your TV remote may fall to the ground and your heart wouldn’t skip a beat, but that will not be the case if your iPhone falls.

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Worth gives us a standard for value and treatment. However, when it comes to worth, many of us are missing a vital aspect: self-worth. We value other people, pets, and objects, but we fail to value ourselves. This is unhealthy.

You are in the world for a purpose, and the only way you can fulfill this purpose is if you believe in yourself. And it is impossible to believe in yourself and not value yourself. Portugal believes Ronaldo is an excellent player, so he is valuable to the team. If you believe in yourself, then you will know that you are valuable to the world. Self-worth, self-belief, and self-love are tied together. And they are vital to your existence. They work together to create, for you, a positive self-image.

Just like I did with the positive vibes article, I am going to use the best quotes you can find anywhere made up of inspirational quotes, love quotes, life quotes, motivational quotes, positive quotes, self love quotes and general self-worth quotes to show you why you need to know your worth and the steps to take towards knowing your worth.  

Why you need to know your worth

1. You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter.” — C. Joybell C.

Being ignorant of your own self-worth is not just a loss to you, but to the world. Your inability to see your worth is a big disappointment to those who believe in you. And the sad thing about this is that they cannot help you unless you are ready to open your eyes and recognize your uniqueness.

Your friends and family believe that you have an innovation that could change the world and grow into a multibillion-dollar business. But you don’t believe them because you don’t believe in yourself. This unbelief doesn’t hurt you alone, it hurts the world too.

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” — Lao Tzu

Imagine if Bill Gates did not believe in himself. Imagine if Jeff Bezos buried himself in self-doubt. Imagine if Steve Jobs had low self-esteem and as such couldn’t bring his innovations to life.

You have so much to offer. Don’t fail yourself. Don’t fail the world.

2. “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” — C.S. Lewis

When you love someone, you want their ultimate good. You are kind to them. You care for them. You respect them. This is what love does. In the same vein, you cannot show love to yourself when you do not know your worth.

There are people who are not kind to themselves. They torture themselves continuously with the whips of self-doubt. These days they have a fancy tag for it — “self-deprecating jokes.” There is nothing funny about talking down at yourself. That is plain disrespect to your essence as a human being.

Also, they also do not care for themselves. They do not feed well. They cannot spend on themselves. They cannot take themselves on a treat. They don’t feel deserving of the pleasures of life.

Know this: you are deserving of everything beautiful and pleasurable. Show self care. Never talk down at yourself. Do not lose your self-respect.

3. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

If you do not believe in yourself, you are denying yourself an enviable future. Your dreams are valid. They are beautiful. But they cannot come alive if you do not believe in yourself and your capacity. As mentioned earlier, you owe yourself and the world the fruition of your dreams.

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So inject yourself with belief and self-confidence. Walk the path of self-development. And come out strong and winning.

Steps to take to know your worth

1. “Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People who make things happen do not just have mental or physical strength; they are people who have made the conscious decision to always believe in themselves. Belief requires a conscious effort. It doesn’t just creep into your mind.

Religious folks make a conscious decision to believe in a deity.

A coach makes a conscious decision to believe in a player.

An angel investor deliberately believes in the future of a startup, that’s why he is ready to pump funds into the business.

You have to make a conscious effort to believe in yourself. Believe that you are magic, you are fire, you are light. It is only when you believe in yourself that you will be ready to equip yourself for greatness.

2. “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” — Vernon Howard

The mistake many make is that they depend on others for their worth. Only objects depend on humans to give them worth. You are not an object. You are a human being. You belong to the class of the most unique creatures on earth. So don’t depend on others for worth. Your true worth resides in you. And only you can show it to the world.

The sun does not need any celestial body to teach it how to shine.

The eagle does not depend on other birds to show it to fly.

The lioness does not go to the cheetah to learn how to hunt.

The sun, eagle, and lioness know their worth and they act accordingly. You are greater and bigger than them. So act accordingly.

3. “Just because they’re succeeding before you, that doesn’t mean they’re succeeding in replacement of you. There will still be a place for you. There will always be a place for you.” — Morgan Harper Nichols

Do not define your life by the success of others. We are all on a unique journey. Our paths are different. The speed of one person doesn’t necessarily mean you are slow. Do not define what you are by what others are. Focus. Continue on the path that would change your life, and never look back.

4. “Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgment of others.” — Oprah Winfrey

Never live by the standards of others. Deafen your ears to toxic criticisms. On your path to self-development and empowerment, never allow anything to deflate your esteem.

“You will never gain anyone’s approval by begging for it. When you stand confident in your own worth, respect follows.” — Mandy Hale

Be your own person. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” So in the words of Roy T. Bennett: “Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

5. “Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.” — Roy T. Bennett

Once you recognize your worth, ensure that others see it too. Never let them treat you based on their standards. If they cannot recognize your worth, then leave them and move on. You have worked so hard to build worth. So surround yourself with people who see it. After all, it is often said that your network determines your net worth.

“Never see your importance through the standards of the world.” — Anonymous

6. “Before you can live a part of you has to die. You have to let go of what could have been, how you should have acted and what you wish you would have said differently. You have to accept that you can’t change the past experiences, opinions of others at that moment in time or outcomes from their choices or yours. When you finally recognize that truth then you will understand the true meaning of forgiveness of yourself and others. From this point you will finally be free.” — Shannon L. Alder

Do not allow your past and its mistakes to come in between you and your value. Your past would always want to remind you of your mistakes and use them against you. Never agree to this. Let the mistakes of the past stay in the past. Your past cannot depreciate your value. Your past only has the power you give to it.

7. “Self-worth comes from one thing   thinking that you are worthy.” — Wayne Dyer

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Never think that you do not deserve anything good. You are worthy of all the good things of life — from love to money to good health. You deserve them all. Life is a journey and like Glenn Beck said, “Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.” You are worthy of this trip called life. Never forget that.

8. “I’m a creative genius and there’s no other way to word it.” — Kanye West

(Re)affirm your abilities. Remind yourself of them every day.

Tell yourself that you are the greatest music maestro the world has ever known.

You are a clever entrepreneur.

You are an incredibly skilled soccer player.

You are a genius writer.

“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

You are a successful blogger.

You are an intelligent doctor.

You are an excellent parent.

You are talented. Intelligent. Excellent. Speak positive words to yourself. Never stop.

9. “She understood her worth which made her powerful. The world gravely needed a hero, so she became one. No superpowers really, just a strong woman who took no nonsense from anyone.” — Rabdall Core

Practice self-confidence by showing up. Do not hide when you know you have what the world needs. You are light. You have the important duty of shining. So shine. Brightly.

10. You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success- none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.” — Ram Dass

You have your faults and imperfections, but never deprive yourself of self-love. Love yourself for who you are. However, this does not mean that you wouldn’t work on yourself. Self-development is a part of self-love. Once you know your worth, you wouldn’t want any dent in your essence. So work on yourself. Improve consistently. That is your duty. No one can do it for you. Like Tim Fargo said, “If you want to improve your self-worth, stop giving other people the calculator.”

Know your worth at all times. As long as you depend on others for worth, you will always feel low and alone. Mark Twain was right when he said that “the worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.”