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Self-worth and self-esteem: differences and how a coach can assist you in nurturing it

The Self Worth Academy defines self-worth as the inherent value and dignity that every person possesses by virtue of being a human being. It is not contingent on external factors such as achievements, possessions, or social status. In other words, self-worth is the recognition that you are valuable and worthy of respect simply because you exist.

On the other hand, self-esteem refers to the subjective evaluation of one's worth based on external factors such as accomplishments, appearance, or social status. It is often tied to one's sense of competence and can fluctuate depending on one's perceived success or failure in certain areas of life.

In essence, self-worth is a deep and unconditional sense of value that is inherent to every person, while self-esteem is a more conditional and fluctuating sense of worth that is based on external factors. It is important to cultivate both self-worth and self-esteem, but focusing too much on external validation can lead to an unstable sense of self-esteem, whereas focusing on the inherent value of oneself can lead to a more stable sense of self-worth.


Coaching can support an individual with low self-worth in several ways:

  1. Building self-awareness: A coach can help an individual identify their strengths and weaknesses, and help them recognize their accomplishments and positive qualities. By increasing self-awareness, individuals can begin to see themselves in a more positive light and gain a greater sense of self-worth.

  2. Challenging negative self-talk: Often individuals with low self-worth have negative self-talk that reinforces their negative beliefs about themselves. A coach can help challenge this negative self-talk and help individuals reframe their thoughts in a more positive way.

  3. Setting achievable goals: A coach can help an individual set achievable goals that are aligned with their values and strengths. Achieving these goals can boost self-esteem and improve self-worth.

  4. Providing support and accountability: A coach can provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their feelings and work through challenges. They can also hold individuals accountable for their actions, which can increase self-confidence and self-worth.

  5. Developing skills and strategies: A coach can teach individuals skills and strategies to manage their emotions, build resilience, and cope with challenges. These skills can help individuals feel more competent and confident, which can increase self-worth.

Overall, coaching can provide individuals with the support and tools they need to develop a stronger sense of self-worth and achieve their goals.



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