I’ve been learning a lot lately about self worth and believing in myself and my abilities. Sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough credit. Sometimes we forget the power that our experience and connections have. Sometimes we forget to give ourselves kudos for even the small accomplishments we’ve achieved. And sometimes, we let those around us minimize our value and we just sit there and accept it.
Do you know what you bring to the table? Do you really know your value? Why did your boss hire you? She obviously saw value in you. Why did your spouse marry you? He saw something very valuable in you. Why do people join and stay within your networking sphere? Because they know the value you can bring to them.
Value is not always something tangible. Sometimes its knowledge and power. Like helping those around you find new careers through your connections. Or being a reference on a job to help someone advance to their new role. Maybe giving a testimonial solidifying someone else’s value. Maybe connecting two professionals to create a powerful referral network.
Maybe your value is the fact that you’ve been in the industry for 13 years and you have all (or most) of the answers. Maybe you’re the one that comes in the office smiling everyday and brightens up the room. Maybe your value is the fact that your reputation always proceeds you (in a good way) and people want to get to know you. Maybe your value is the way you communicate and build trust with your clients.
Whatever your value is, KNOW IT! Write it down. Look at the list in your mirror every day. Don’t let others knock it down because they don’t understand or don’t value it themselves. Don’t let others dismiss your value and make you feel worth less, even if they don’t realize they are doing it. Walk the fine line between confident and cocky. Hold your head high. Know that because of you 5 people found new careers last year, that because of you 2 business connections have flourished, that because of you a deal was able to be made when no one else thought it could be, that because of a referral you passed someone hit their goal this month, that you were put in the position you are today because of the value you bring the company you represent.
Know what you bring to the table and most importantly, believe it yourself.
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