Inner Growth Word of the Day: Worth
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 2. the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held. 3 a. moral or personal value.
Worth in a sentence: The worth of something or someone is valued by those evaluating it, which is based on their personal and moral values.
Worth in action: Deciding something or someone’s worth stems from the individual and/or society’s established evaluation measurements and conditions.
Worth and inner growth: When it comes to worth and inner growth, the first thing you want to find out is who or what influences your evaluation process when deciding worth. How much of what you determine the value of (something/someone) is in sync with the inner you. Also, how much of your self-worth is based on you or others. Once this is clear you can start putting aside outside influences on determining worth and focus on gaining clarity of your inner scale of worth.
Worth and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does worth mean to me? How am I influenced by the outside world when I ascribe worth to someone, something or even myself? What does it say about me that I feel I can assign worth to something or someone? What does it say about me that I ascribe my self-worth based on me or based on others? How can worth help me understand the world outside of me? How can worth help me understand how I feel about myself?
- List or word bubble: Make two lists or word bubbles with worth at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind when you think of the word associated with people and then associated with things. Then make a third list with worth associated with you and list or put around it the words that come to mind. Then write a short story with the words you used in the people’s list and your own worth list. What do you notice from the story? Have you ascribed worth in the same way to others as you did to yourself? Then, also compare the people list words you put down and your list (the one of your own worth words) words. Once more, what do you see about what worth you’re ascribing to others and yourself? Lastly, compare the list of worth for things to that of people and you. Any patterns or things you’d like to explore?
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about worth, what stands out immediately? Is there a heavy feeling that arises or nothing? Is there a feeling of discomfort when identifying your own definition of worth compared to that of what you see the outside world thinks about worth? Allow any feelings of uncertainty to express themselves and keep asking questions to find out more about that feeling, where it’s coming from and why.
Your turn – Share your worth sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂