NOTE: This is a guest blog by the inspiring Romeo Salvador II – a winner in my HAPPINESS ROCKSTAR BLOGGER CONTEST!
I recently came across these powerful words:
“You are wonderful. Worthwhile. Loveable. Not because others think so. Self-worth comes from only one place – yourself.” I found them in a little “polka dot” book called Instant Happy, by Karen Salmansohn.
I read the page with these words over – then over again.
To say that these words interrupted me and met me right where I was, would be an understatement.
It was almost as if the words literally grabbed me by the shoulders and started shaking me saying…
“Dude, snap out of it. Get it together. You’re better than this.”
You see, just a few weeks prior I’d been laid off. I was in the midst of the most identity-challenging time of my life. I was rapidly forgetting who I was. I was questioning my value, my significance, my worth and most importantly my purpose.
I was consumed by questions like…
“What is my calling?” and “Who am I?” and “How am I going to rebound for my family?”
I was in a bad place. It was uncomfortable and very unfamiliar.
Have you ever been in a place like that before…?
A place where you are more confident in your inadequacy than you are in your abilities…?
After reading Karen’s words, I was forced to take a deep, introspective look at myself. That day, I decided my self-worth was never again going to be framed by circumstance and my identity was no longer going to be defined by other people.
I wish I could tell you that since that day I’ve figured it all out. The truth is I haven’t. Every day is a battle to remind myself that your self-worth comes from you and only you.
My psychology is so much stronger and my emotions are no longer held captive by an absence of worth.
No matter what you’re facing, I encourage you to love yourself, to admonish any voice that tells you otherwise and to help others on their journey to do the same. You have the power to do this for yourself.
1. Recognizing YOU possess incredible value.
2. Acknowledging YOU absolutely have what it takes.
3. Believing YOUR worth is immeasurable.
Want to boost your happy? Check out that inspiring little “polka dot” book called Instant Happy, by Karen Salmansohn
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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