Do you know your value? Before I get into this, I want to begin with a heartbreaking story of a woman I used to know, Mary…
Mary was a quiet woman who mainly kept to herself but was very observant. She watched, she took notes, and most importantly – she listened. When someone talked to her, she felt as if she gained a piece of their soul and she hung on every last word.
Mary had a dream. She wanted to own a book store and discuss novels with customers as they perused the aisles. She imagined offering free coffee and having support groups in the evening where people would gather, connect, and free their souls.
Mary had envisioned her dream in her mind, she had mapped out everything from the color of the walls to the font on her receipts. However, Mary would always say that her dream wasn’t feasible and that it wasn’t realistic. She would ask, “How could someone like me have a life like that?”
Mary dreamed but stopped herself with excuses. She let these resistances stop her from acting – Mary never started to create her dream…
I don’t want you to miss out on your best life like Mary did. She didn’t recognize her value and what she was truly capable of.
This is why I’m writing this article to help you uncover your true worth to live your best life.
What is Value?
Value is importance, worth, and usefulness. It is the positive energy and contribution to leave something better than how you found it.
We all have something to contribute because it’s why we are here. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have a special gift to share with the world.
However, sometimes our value is difficult to find. Sometimes the world we live in makes it challenging to be ourselves. Your service may not be “trendy” or “popular” but it is a necessity. You have the answers that someone needs. Who you are, where you’ve been, and what you do is significant and it will impact the lives of many.
However, if we do not expose our worth and act on our dreams, then we cannot fully help anyone.
Please, I beg of you, DO NOT leave your value covered up by thoughts, opinions, fear, and negativity. Trust that what you offer and who you are is worthy.
You are a worthwhile investment to the world Uncover and act upon your value TODAY. Here’re 3 steps to uncovering and recognizing your value:
1. Let Go of Resistence
There are no limits to what you can achieve and the amount of people you can help when your value is fully exposed. However, how can you truly know what you have to offer and how you can impact the world?
I know it is so confusing when we have to sift through societal norms, opinions, past events, and circumstances.
I am here to tell you – IT IS POSSIBLE. It is a process but it is POSSIBLE and it is NECESSARY to living your best life and having the energy to enjoy it.
This process is similar to an onion – peeling away the layers of resistance that have been piled on you for such a long time.
It’s a lot to ask of you, I know. It’s a feat for most people because it is not natural for us to do in this society. It isn’t always encouraged.
Sometimes, we don’t want to face our resistances because we are under this misconception that we are who we were. This mindset has to change – you are NOT who you were – you can be whoever you choose to be.
It can be exhausting to uncover your worth when it has been hiding away for some time. However, when you discover your worth, you receive peace of mind, certainty, presence – a full life that is true to you.
When you nurture and feed your value, you feel truly alive and you are in your own element – essentially at your best.
It begins with a decision.
Decide that whatever knot is in your stomach, that thing in your life you know isn’t right. Decide to unravel it.
Sometimes, that’s who we truly believe we are. This tight, closed off knot.
We sometimes give up trying to loosen up this cluster but we have to. We have to loosen the knot because our value and self-worth are in there.
Letting go can be difficult but it starts with acknowledging what exactly has been holding you back and keeping you stuck.
For Mary, it was doubt. Mary doubted that she had what it took to achieve her ultimate dream.
If she could have let go of doubt and replaced it with faith, then she might have left the world fulfilled but instead she left with regret.
Don’t let your resistances define you! Instead, let your dream shape you into the person you will become.
Live in the present, create happy moments and dream big. Stop living by old definitions – that isn’t who you are anymore.
You are valuable and your dreams are worth your time and effort. Someone is in desperate need of you – your past experiences, your knowledge, your solutions.
If you need a little assistance, here are 7 steps to start living your dream life.
After you begin acknowledging your resistances and letting go of them, you can begin to follow what feels right – the positive energy.
Which brings me to step number 2 – your value will bring you happiness and leave you feeling energetic.
2. Follow Your Happiness
Once you have peeled the layers and removed the resistances that have been holding you back, you can begin to follow your happiness.
Now that you are not affected by the judgement of others, crippled by fear, or [insert your resistance here] – you can begin to do what brings you pure joy.
Joy is where your value and self-worth are. This is contradictory to how we are used to living because we have been told to work hard, get our hands dirty, get a good job, pay our bills, and so on and so forth.
We have work, our relationships, all of our obligations, and then we have our hobby or passion (if there is time left for this).
We put everything before our passion and then at the end of the day, we are exhausted – completely drained.
Work then play.
I get it – work is good. I love to work, I love to be productive, I love helping people and being a contributing member of society.
BUT, can we work and play? Can we incorporate joy, happiness, and play into everything we do? Does there have to be a separation between the two?
We can’t instruct people to take a shot in the dark at their life just because the job pays the bills. We have to lead people in the direction of their value and passions.
“Oh, he’s just a broke artist”
The way I look at it is that he’s the most successful human being on the planet because he does what he loves, he’s fanatical about it, and he’s doing what his heart desires day and night.
To me, that’s a life worth living.
I’ll tell you what isn’t a life worth living – working at something you don’t enjoy for the majority of your life to meet societies expectations.
So, whatever it is that brings a smile to your face – follow it everywhere and never leave its side. Don’t turn away from your smile because it is where your best life is.
The rest will come if you learn to let go and ignore the resistances as they present themselves.
How do you know you have found your worth?
You’ll know when you have found your worth because at the end of the day, you will be energized. You’ll know you’ve found your worth because you’ll be excited for everything you are going to accomplish tomorrow.
This article can help you find what sparks your joy: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up
3. Stick with It
So, you’ve let go of resistance and have started to follow your happiness. You have begun to do what brings joy into your life every chance that you get but you’re still not quite sure of your value.
The resistances are still showing up and you have a to do list to accomplish. I understand that it takes time – it is a process but slowly and surely if you let go and follow your smile a life of value will naturally unfold.
It is a fact that waiting is hard. According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, “We want immediate gratification or relief from the lack.”
In other words, we let go of our resistances but we aren’t immediately gaining the life that we desire and that creates a feeling of lack – we aren’t attaining what we want fast enough.
But, we have to make this process a way of life: release and follow your happiness, let go and smile. Make this process apart of who you are.
I promise, you do not have to search for this life. You have to let it come to you.
When you feel that tightness arise, breathe deeply and choose to dismiss the feeling. Give yourself permission to follow your happiness and be diligent – anything worthwhile takes time.
Don’t look for the answers in anyone except for yourself. If it doesn’t feel right, then investigate why that is. Ask yourself important questions.
Don’t put the negativity in a closet for another time – deal with each resistance as they show up and dismiss them and release. You’ll never let anyone down pursing what you love. The saddest story is one that ends with an unfulfilled dream.
Here’re some tips to help you stick to the changes you want to make: 13 Steps To Stick To the Life Changes You Want To Make
You are so very valuable, you are needed and I know this because you are here.
You have so much inside of you that the world needs.
So for the sake of your soul and the other people counting on you – let go and follow your happiness today.
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