Last Updated on July 4, 2022
In this writing, we’re going to explore the importance of self-worth and explain how you can build it in 5 easy ways. By the end of this article, you’ll understand why it’s easy for you to feel like you do not deserve to be proud of yourself. And what steps you can take to increase your self-worth.
You can develop healthy self-esteem if you have a high opinion of yourself, if you believe in your abilities and acknowledge your skills. This does help in being proud of ourselves but there are many more ways one can be proud of themselves.
Importance Of Being Proud Of Yourself
Being proud of yourself doesn’t mean that you are egoistic or selfish. However, pride should be the right pride. University New South Wales psychology professors Lisa Williams and David DeSteno did an experiment on if pride can be helped build confidence in an individual. They found that:
“Research findings suggest that pride nudges the mind to value the future. So perhaps pride doesn’t always precede a fall; instead, it fosters diligence and dedication.”
When you’re proud of what you’ve accomplished, it doesn’t matter if others are too. You stop asking for approval from anyone else to feel good about yourself. A person who possesses healthy self-worth prioritizes himself, listens to his opinions and needs, which helps him to be more confident.
Why Aren’t You Proud Of Yourself?
Young people often have big imaginations and even bigger dreams. Sometimes life doesn’t always measure up, but that’s ok because it means you’ll be able to try new things. Be happy when you see the slight changes you bring when interacting with other people.
When I was 18 years old, I always thought to myself, am I worthless? I had such thoughts because I felt like I never did something big enough to be proud of. But as I grew up, I understood that you can be proud of yourself whenever you want.
It is not what enormous achievement you achieved in life, what counts in life are your efforts. The reason you cannot build your self-worth is simple, you are not appreciating your minor achievements.
As humans, we want bigger things else we feel useless. This makes us think useless. A lot of times, the reason we stop giving credit to ourselves is because of the lag between what we are now and what we were in the past. Which means we stop comparing our past version with what we are now. If you have progressed a lot then why don’t you pat your back?
The other major reason might be very familiar to you. Seldom you may be more inclined to discount your successes and not want to feel as if you’re as big of an achiever as someone else, or on a similar worldly scale.
This is because you think no one gives a damn about your success.
If this is the case then these 5 ways would really assist you to again recover your self-esteem. This will help you to be proud of your accomplishments more often when others won’t.
Things You Can Do Today To Be Proud Of Yourself (5 Proven Ways)
1. Believe Like a Boss
A belief is just a thought we think of again and again. What you believe is what you feel. So if your beliefs are I’ll never achieve my goals, people don’t listen to me, I’ll never make that much money, will make you feel shit. You are limiting yourself from achieving what you want to.
Identify such thoughts and see if they are negative or positive.
So what thoughts will make you feel proud of yourself? Well, you might think, why do beliefs matter? what changes will it bring to my life, but it is proven that where focus goes, energy flows?
So start believing in yourself, start thinking optimistically.
This would really help you to cope up with not blaming yourself and start believing in your capabilities.
2. Stop Blaming Yourself
People who struggle with self-blaming often have a hard time dealing with negative emotions. Such emotions often lead a person to blame him/herself which results in a decline of self-worth.
3. Be Proud Of Your Achievements No Matter How Small
Progress is no small thing. No matter how many steps you take, it’s important to be grateful for what you’ve done so far.
There are still tons of milestones in life for you to achieve in the future. Do not do the mistake of interpreting anything you’ve achieved as ordinary. Be proud of who you are and your achievements.
By taking such small steps, you’ll help your self-worth to progress more with time. Here’s a quote that I read recently and found really related.
“Take pride in what you do, because the World is enough to make you feel guilty for things you have not done!” ― Somya Kedia
4. Start By Setting Attainable Goals
Often people do a common mistake of setting big goals which they want to achieve in a short time. But when they cannot do so, they start feeling valueless and unworthy. This mistake can easily kill your chance to feel proud of yourself.
The best advice which I can give you is to set short, realistic goals. How this will benefit you? By doing so, you can celebrate small wins, which in turn helps you build confidence. And confidence is much needed in building pride.
5. Repeat To Yourself “I am proud of myself”
Such phrases act as affirmations, and affirmations are the best way to transform your thoughts into reality. If you don’t feel comfortable reciting this phrase, find another way to congratulate yourself daily.
Believe me, this really helps.😉
Let’s take a break and watch this amazing video by Mel Robbins. She has explained how one can be proud of himself in life.
Benefits Of Being Proud Of Yourself
Now, as you have learned how to be proud of yourself when no one believes you. It is crucial to make you understand how these ways can benefit you in your life.
Some of the major benefits of being proud of yourself are:
- Being proud of yourself helps you to sleep better, avoid stress, improve your mood, and build up your self-confidence.
- Makes you more productive.
- Boosts confidence.
- You start feeling comfortable in your own skin.
- You take others’ opinions encouragingly.
- When you are proud of yourself, you aren’t dependent on the praise of others.
Being proud of yourself is amazing and helpful in many ways. A person who is confident and knows his/her self-worth can achieve anything in life. This is the reason one must practice healthy pride or self-worth in life. I hope these 5 ways would help you in achieving your goal of being proud.
Thanks for reading it till the end.
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What does it mean to be proud of yourself?
To be proud of yourself means you have a higher self-worth. One cannot be proud of themselves with the lack of self-worth and self-love.
Is it OK to be proud of yourself?
When you’re proud of yourself, it does not mean you’re devaluing other people – it simply means that your happiness & success doesn’t depend on anyone else’s approval.