“To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an imagesabsolutely marvelous feeling.”- Barbara Walters

I have never really thought about how we define value within ourselves. This quote makes so much sense. Especially in this day and age when so much of our lives is determined by where we work and the success we have within our jobs.

As you may know, I am not a fan of defining yourself by your job, but there is something to this quote. The times I have been happiest with myself have revolved around a sense of accomplishment. This has generally occurred after putting in tireless work and effort.

However, the times I have experienced this satisfaction of a “job well done” has not always pertained to my career and “work.” In fact, I feel a sense of accomplishment most when I have not only accomplished my work tasks but my personal to-do list as well. A job well done is any form of accomplishment.

We can feel value in much simpler ways if we realize that we are truly more than our jobs and careers. For those who struggle with work/life balance, find value in the times you do a good job at relaxing and enjoying downtime with loved ones. Treat your personal life as well as you treat your job.

Value is not handed out. Value is earned. It does not always have to be hard, but sometimes it can be harder than others.

To find value is to acknowledge what is a priority in your life and work toward accomplishing the goal associated with that priority. To feel valued begins within yourself. You have to first identify what you want and then go for it.

Be unapologetic in your search for value. You deserve a feeling of self-worth. You owe it to yourself to do what you can and do it well. Set your priorities, work toward your goal, and you will find that feeling of being valued. Then you will not need the approval of others, for you have honored yourself.

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