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Who Determines Your True Worth?

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

“I realized I was more convincing to myself and the people who were listening when I said what I thought, versus what I thought people wanted to hear me say.” - Ursula Burns, Chairman, and CEO of VEON

Some say your JOB because they pay you a salary or hourly wage and offer (or do not) benefits, rewards, etc.

Some say the vehicle you drive, your house, your neighborhood, your friends, your clothes, where you spend time together, and on and on.

You have natural talents or skills, those that seem to be inherent within you. Having a good relationship with people quickly, being able to figure things out logically, the ability to focus and stay focused, being organized, making things happen, etc. And then you have learned (acquired) talents or skills from attending College, reading and listening to tapes, attending seminars, On the Job Training (OJT), being tutored by someone, etc.

But these talents or skills do not decide your True Worth.

The truth of the matter is that it is you who decides your True Worth. You decide what you are utterly worth. It is by your action or inaction, not choosing, which is a decision. Following through on your dreams and desires or not. It is all up to you.

You can read all the books, listen to all the tapes, attend all the seminars, or listen to all the teleconferences. Still, without a plan, without action (I know this from personal experience), you are deciding your worth by your inaction.

Do you need to dream again? Remember those dreams you had as a kid? Dream again and bring the adult dreams out. Then you need to visualize the dreams by giving them a present tense as if you are living them today. Use the visualization to create goals in all areas of your life, not just possessions. Your goal setting should include at least the six significant areas of life that you need to act on. An action plan is necessary to put in motion the activities that will allow you to achieve your goals.

Keeping track of what activities you are working on requires a daily planner and a journal to record your everyday feelings and ideas. The daily planner allows you to see your plan in action, but the journal gives you a record of how you started and how you grew and became what your vision says you are.

Even when using the tools mentioned, is there anything else that could hold you back from achieving your true worth? What is your inner talk like? What are you saying that could be holding you back? Changing your inner conversation requires aid, which is where affirmations come into play. Reading your claim daily helps to change your internal dialogue and thought patterns.

If there is unforgiveness, anger, resentment, or bitterness against anyone or a situation, it could clog your future and true worth. Please list anyone you feel you need to forgive; you do not need to face them in person to ignore them; make a list and burn it, shred it, or throw it away and move on.

Achieving your true worth is an impressive journey, for you will see yourself move from where you are to where your vision takes you. Is it a one-day or week, or monthly trip? It is different for everyone, but it takes time and commitment to start and continue this adventure. You will find that your goals, vision, and affirmations will change as you realize you are worth more than you imagined. The significant part is that with your journal, you will have a record of this journey to encourage you as you see your beliefs' small and practical results.

To Achieve Your True Worth, you need a plan (a system) that will aid you in starting, planning, organizing, and keeping track of your new adventure. Once created, it just takes focus, desire, and action on your part to begin moving forward. Hesitation or indecision will leave you where you are, but action will aid you in moving forward with your life. So, act today and enjoy your future.

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