Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.Albert Einstein
Do you sometimes intertwine the idea of your own personal growth and self improvement with the idea of being successful? Maybe you believe that the only way to attain true self improvement and real, measurable personal growth is by the size of your bank account, the car your drive or the size of your house. In and of itself, those are not bad things. Those are tangible things that you have worked for so it would make sense to want to lump your financial growth in with what personal growth means to you.
What if I told you that, with enough dedication, you could truly FEEL valuable without implying that your true worth lies in the amount of money you are able to bring home in a paycheck?
Yes! You have value that isn’t measured in dollars and cents (or any other currency you may use)! Once you realize that your value is so much more than monetary and materialistic, you open the doorway to seeing real personal growth and strides in your self improvement that no one can take away from you.
Now, I want you to try a little exercise for me. Take out a piece of paper and a pen, and begin to make a list of the people who have continually been in your life, regardless of your bank account. Make a list of people who were there before what you consider as the beginning of your success. Once you have made that list, I want you to consider each person individually on that list.
- Was there a time when you couldn’t afford to buy a simple birthday card for them, but a homemade one meant more than money could buy?
- Was there a time when a friend needed advise or simply someone to listen and you were that shoulder of support?
- Has there ever been a time when your sincere smile and friendly hug made someones day brighter by the kindness you gave?
We can often forget our own worth and value in our day-to-day struggles to “make it”, or to feel like we’ve finally achieved success.
Our value is measured more by our kindness, our friendship, our reliability, our accountability, and our thoughts and actions. Your monetary value places an exact number on what you are worth to the wrong people. But your true personal value, the indicator of your personal growth, is not measured by your bank account. For yourself, and for those around you that have been there since the beginning, your value is limitless and immeasurable.
This point can be easy to forget and only gets harder to remember as we focus more on the dollar signs and less on the free, quiet moments. But you do have worth. You do have value that far out-weighs any materialistic value you may place on yourself.
Remember, you are worthy. You are loved. And you do have an immeasurable value that can’t be replaced!