Self-Worth and Success

Written by Lara Millican


Self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence. These are things we hear about all the time, but how much effort do you put into improving yours? It can be said that confidence is the key to success, but sometimes showing confidence is the most difficult thing to do, especially if you’re just starting out. In order for your business to be successful, you need to be successful as a person too. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself physically, and mentally/emotionally.

We, as entrepreneurs, tend to get so buried in our small business that we forget to take time to relax, enjoy ourselves, and give ourselves a much needed mental break. Set yourself a time, every day, where you don’t worry about work or things you need to do, but instead relax and let your mind wander. Some people have to set a time in the evening where as soon as the clock reaches that point, they stop working, no matter how much they still have to do. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that there is always tomorrow. Not in a sense where you end up procrastinating, but in a way that reminds you to not stress out too much. When there are big projects on the table for us, it is easy to get stuck thinking we have to get it done right away, when in reality we can spread the work out between when the contract is signed and when the due date is.

A big issue with self-confidence for a lot of people is feeling like we don’t always know what we’re doing. If that’s you, remind yourself that you ARE the professional in your field and you DO know what you’re talking about, even if/when people try to argue with you. If you still need to boost your confidence, KEEP LEARNING. There is always more to learn in your field, there are always new technologies coming out and new ways to connect with people. Find yourself online courses or a good blog or podcast to follow so you are always gaining new knowledge. The more you learn, the better you’ll feel about your business.

Another way to increase your self-esteem and your business’s success is to really look at, and dive deeper into your strengths and weaknesses. Perform a SWOT analysis if you need to. But really look at what you are amazing at, and what you need improvement on. Take those weaknesses that you find, and work on them! You won’t improve your self-esteem or your business if you dwell on the negative, but when you can turn negatives into positives, you’ll do great things! 

Set new goals, both short term, and long term, and list out the steps it will take to reach those goals. You want to dream big, but you also want to make sure you celebrate the smaller accomplishments along the way. 

Make sure you’re taking advantage of new opportunities, whether they are ways to improve on your weaknesses, or ways to show off your strengths, get out there and push yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit. Don’t let yourself get in a rut, or it will become difficult to get yourself out. Take risks, try something new. Focus on why you want to be successful and use that as fuel to push yourself to new heights.

Life either is nothing at all or an adventure.

Helen Keller

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Lara Millican
Author: Lara Millican