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Today’s post is brought to you by the letter V! I want you to think about this question: Are you valuing yourself?
You see, we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, so don’t believe anyone who tells you you’re worthless!
But, if you don’t believe in yourself and value yourself, don’t be surprised when others don’t either.
Ways to Value Yourself in Business
I’ve learned many things since launching my freelance writing and virtual assistant business. Some of my lessons have been in my own value. I’ve learned:
- I’m a solid writer, and should be confident in my ability to craft posts for clients.
- As an experienced freelancer, I don’t need to write for pennies anymore. I did when I started out, but my rate grew as I gained confidence and experience.
- Setting boundaries with clients is my job. I don’t need to answer their every beck and call within minutes. Working hours are something I can set.
- I don’t have to respond to everybody who emails me wanting me to insert a link into my posts, just because they asked.
- Saying no is the best answer for me and my family at times.
- Taking time to learn a new skill I want to learn is okay.
- Perfectionism is an action killer. I am not now, nor will I ever be perfect.
- I do not need to take writing jobs where I don’t want my kids to look over my shoulder and see what I’m writing. Even if I desperately need the money. I need to stick to my values.
Business isn’t the only area of life where you should value yourself. Here are some important lessons I’ve learned about life at home.
- I am not a maid. The other people who live here can and should help take care of the place.
- Taking care of myself isn’t selfish. If I don’t, I won’t have the energy or patience to take care of everyone else.
- Talking to someone about my dreams and fears for the future and my business is important. I can’t keep everything bottled up inside.
Valuing Yourself Does Not Give You Liberty to Not Value Other People
Let’s just get this out here, shall we? Just because I have a sense of self-worth does not mean I’m better than any one. I’m not.
If each of us treat other people how we want to be treated, this world would be a much better place.
Provide excellent customer service. Politely say no to, or just ignore, people who want you to do something you don’t want to do.
Everyone of us has a life worth valuing. Let’s show each other grace.
And on the same note, don’t write emails when you’re mad. It’s much better to wait to respond than to respond in anger.
What Are Other Ways to Show You Value Yourself?
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Lisa Tanner is a former teacher turned homeschooling mom with 11 kids. She's also a successful freelance writer. Lisa enjoys helping other busy moms find time to start and grow a side hustle of their own.