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Discovering Your Worth

leadership transition Oct 11, 2023
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- Sophie Pinkoski

In today's fast-paced and competitive work environment, it's all too easy for people to become lost in the shuffle, feeling undervalued and unappreciated. Many individuals struggle with recognizing their worth and the unique contributions they bring to their respective workplaces.

Knowing your worth empowers you to believe in yourself and acknowledge the qualities that set you apart from everyone else.

When you're unable to effectively communicate the value of your time and expertise, it can lead to others undervaluing your contributions.

Your time and skills are valuable, and it's crucial to showcase them to your leaders, team members, and the people you serve.

By considering these factors, you can embrace your own self-worth and unlock a more fulfilled future. 

Here are ways to cultivate your self-worth:

Recognize your accomplishments and what sets you apart –– Take stock of your achievements, both big and small. Celebrate your successes and acknowledge the hard work and effort you put into reaching your goals.

If your team sees that you’re proud of everything you have achieved, they’re more likely to celebrate with you, as well as respect the value your skills bring to the organization.

Set boundaries –– Learn to say no when necessary and avoid overextending yourself. Establishing healthy boundaries will demonstrate that you value your time and expertise. Your time is worth less if you continually sacrifice a healthy balance in your life by taking on more than you can manage.

Clearly communicating your boundaries with your colleagues will give them a better understanding of what your time is worth to you.

Practice self-compassion –– Be kind to yourself, especially when facing setbacks or challenges. Avoid self-criticism and treat yourself with the same compassion you would offer a friend. Build your emotional intelligence by learning what sets off your negative emotions to help you manage stressful working situations.

Focus on what you can control and try not to dwell on your recent failures; these are simply roadblocks to learn from and grow.

Practicing gratitude will also help you stay grounded and keep perspective on what you’re good at and everything you’ve achieved. With all this in mind, you can continue moving forward instead of focusing on what's holding you back.

Understand your monetary value –– Make sure you’re aware of the economic benefit your skills bring to your organization. If you’re taking on responsibilities outside your job description or beyond your current pay grade, it might be time to sit down with your leader and reassess the scope of your role. Be demonstrating the value you bring. better links to the organization how to align your compensation.

Recognizing your self-worth is an ongoing journey of self-discovery and growth. Embrace your uniqueness, celebrate your achievements, and set boundaries to ensure you are valued and respected by others.

As you cultivate a strong sense of self-worth, you'll find yourself thriving in your career, unlocking new opportunities, and achieving personal fulfillment.

Remember, you are deserving of all the success and happiness that comes your way. Embrace your worth and let it shine brightly in your workplace and beyond.


Further Reading

Self-Worth in the Workplace, Indeed

4 Ways to Know Your Worth, Psychology Today

Know Your Worth: How to Value Yourself in the Job Market, Medium


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