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Empower Yourself: Embracing Self-Validation in a Validation-Seeking World

Separating feelings of self-worth from external validation is a journey towards resilience and inner strength. The journey begins by recognizing that external validation, while gratifying, is transient and often subjective. While we might understand that our worth isn't dependent on others' opinions its quite another thing to believe it. Yet believing that self-worth is not defined by others is the foundation of this process.


Empower Yourself

Consider these five principals as you lessen your need for external validation and nurture inner strength.


Cultivate self-awareness. Reflect on your values, strengths, and accomplishments independent of external acknowledgment. Write them down. Take time to celebrate each one. Embrace your imperfections and understand that they don't diminish your inherent worth.


Challenge negative self-talk and unrealistic standards. Remind yourself that your value isn't contingent on meeting arbitrary benchmarks or others' expectations. Assume an attitude of curiosity when results fall short of expectations. What’s one positive take-away from the experience? Set goals of your choosing within your control to obtain. Measure (and celebrate) performance against those goals.


Practice self-compassion. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, especially in moments of failure or criticism. Imagine the five-year-old you. What you might say to that child? Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes are something we do-not who we are. You are not a mistake! Avoid evaluating past decisions through the lens of new information. Your younger self did their best without the luxury of hindsight.

Develop a community of support. Surround yourself with supportive and uplifting people who appreciate you for who you are, not what you do. Their encouragement can reinforce your intrinsic worth and lessen the impact of external validation.


Lastly, prioritize self-care. Don't think of self-care as an optional extravagance, low on our priority list. Instead, schedule daily activities that nourish your mind, body, and spirit, fostering a strong sense of self-esteem and resilience. Taking a ten minute walk because you care about yourself is powerful self-affirmation.


By consistently practicing these principles, you can gradually detach your self-worth from external validation, leading to a deeper sense of self-confidence, resilience and fulfillment.


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