Trans4mind Home Page
~ Making the Human Heart Visible ~

Looking for a better life?

Get effective help with the biggest challenges you face. Start today…
FREE WORKSHOP - FREE LIFE ASSESSMENT - FREE CONSULTATION

Give Yourself the Gift of Value

By Claudette Rowley

My 4-year-old son caught my attention the other day with a simple announcement: "I'm special and important." He uttered this statement with complete conviction. Curious, I asked, "Who did you talk to about that?" He said, "No one. I told myself that." Again, stated with complete conviction.

As his mother, I felt gratitude and pride that he feels special and important. As a student of human nature, I was fascinated. My sense has long been that many children do experience themselves as precious - at least as babies or toddlers. Then well-meaning socialization begins and we're told not to get "big heads" or grow "too big for our britches." The quest to make sure kids don't become arrogant can be misguided since, in reality, only insecure people project arrogance.

What do "secure" people project? Value. They are intrinsically and internally conscious of their value as human beings. They acknowledge the contributions they make while remaining aware of personal blindspots and shortcomings. Valuing who you are and what you do is a world apart from arrogance.

Earlier in my coaching career, I spoke with a colleague about feeling unappreciated for some of my work. She responded with a comment I've never forgotten: "When you start acknowledging yourself and your contributions, other people will begin acknowledging you as well." She was right. Acknowledgment is an inside-out proposition. When you acknowledge yourself internally, the external world responds favorably.

Too often, we fall prey to seeking approval from others. We hope that if we fill ourselves with enough external approval, we'll miraculously feel better about ourselves. We think that unless we're externally validated, we can't internally acknowledge ourselves.

Don't get me wrong - I love approval as much as anyone else. If approval happens to naturally come your way, soak it up! But you'll find your source of true power in the acts of approving, acknowledging and valuing yourself.

How do you value yourself? Sometimes when I discuss this concept with clients, the ones who have never acknowledged their value feel challenged emotionally to do so now. Consider the following acts of personal acknowledgment:

  • You know your boundaries and you hold them. If necessary, you enforce them. And you keep the delicate balance between boundaries that are too rigid or too flexible.
  • You routinely ask yourself, "What do I need? What do I want?" Then you act on the answers to those questions.
  • If you experience moments of doubt, you solicit outside feedback. You ask friends and colleague to tell you about your strengths.
  • You think well of yourself. If you (or your inner critic) make unkind statements, you disregard them. This is different than reflecting on what worked and didn't work in a given situation, finding out that you've hurt someone's feelings or deciding to do something differently in the future. People who value themselves are not perfect - they do make mistakes and harbor human blind-spots.

A few years ago, a business associate told me, "You're an ace, but you don't know it." I thought, "What if that's true? What if I am an ace and I don't know it? What's possible from that perspective?"

Take it from me: acknowledging your value is powerful, and fully feeling that power will skyrocket your capacity to change, to connect with what's meaningful and ignite some serious internal combusting of positive energy. Wow.

Also, unless you're as enlightened as the Dalai Lama or Eckhart Tolle you can't value yourself enough. Even if you feel joyful, powerful and positive, stretch your acknowledgment of yourself even further. The more you experience this, the greater your impact on others and the world. So value yourself - it's universally beneficial.

What if you're an ace and you don't know it? Just think what you can accomplish with that bit of wisdom driving you.

Copyright © 2006 Claudette Rowley
Claudette Rowley, coach and author, helps professionals identify and pursue their true purpose and calling in life. Learn more at Claudette Rowley.com.

More personal development articles at the Counterpoint Article Library

From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

Looking for a better life?

Get effective help with the biggest challenges you face. Start today…
FREE WORKSHOP - FREE LIFE ASSESSMENT - FREE CONSULTATION

A great way to support your Trans4mind Training is to use these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

  • The Next Level ~ Designed to radically boost your performance in any field. It's based on a technique used by top athletes and other successful people to help them make a big stride forward.
  • Create Your Own Reality ~ Use the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life.
  • Deeper Self Respect ~ Use hypnosis to connect with your true inner worth.
  • Detach From Fear ~ Tune out nervousness and anxiety with hypnosis.
  • Generalized Anxiety Treatment ~ Use hypnosis as a generalized anxiety disorder treatment and you can feel calm today.
  • Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance.
  • Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there.
  • Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness.
  • Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track.
  • Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start.
  • Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. Let nothing hold you back.
  • Think Thin ~ Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally... that's how to get and stay slim.
  • Fall Asleep Fast ~ Relearn how to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good night's sleep.
Search on an issue that interests or concerns you...
 
Copyright © 1997-2016 Trans4mind Ltd