I would argue that a majority of us underestimate ourselves. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as this mindset can often lead to moments in which we happily surprise and prove ourselves wrong, but it can be a hindering practice as it somewhat works against the concept of knowing our worth, which is of tremendous significance.
Whenever I think about the concept of knowing our worth, I’m reminded of the people in my life that always prioritize others over themselves and sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of others. Initially, these people are seen as selfless, generous and willing to help out anyone, all of which are great characteristics to possess. Unfortunately, in time, these people often become victim to others taking advantage of their thoughtful mentality which results in a difficult cycle to break.
Don’t get me wrong in what I’m saying here. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a selfless person, especially since these types of people aren’t overly common in the world we live in. But selflessness becomes a problem when our own worth is clouded by the needs and wants of others, hence why it is necessary to be selfish for our own sake every once in a while.
In being conscious of our worth, we are able to navigate daily life in a more positive manner. By recognizing the skills and characteristics we have to offer to others, our overall mindset and mental wellness becomes stronger, but only so long as our worth isn’t deemed to be lesser than someone else’s.
I suppose what I am trying to get at in this post is that we really aren’t aware of just how important acknowledging and understanding our self-worth is. It’s an essential skill to have, and over time, our own worth will become more apparent to others if we are more conscious of it ourselves.