A Sure-Fire Way to Increase Your Self Worth

I always asked High Earners: “Are you doing what you’re doing for the money?” No, they insisted, quite vehemently. They were driven by the  passion, by the challenge, by the recognition. But not money.

Yet, in the next breath, they all said the same thing. “But I damn well want to be well compensated…because I know I’m worth it!”

Where did their strong sense of self-worth come from, I initially wondered? As a chronic underearner, I wanted what they had. The answer soon became stunningly clear.

They had a simple strategy. Whenever they were asked to do something, whenever an opportunity arose, if their reaction wasn’t a strong ‘Hell Yes!’ it was clearly a “Hell No!”

These women each told me that, initially, they were afraid to speak up and tell the truth. But they forced themselves to ask for what they wanted, just as they said ‘no’ to what they didn’t want.

This simple (but scary) act was the secret to their financial success. Here’s why:

  • Asking for more is an act of self-love.
  • Saying no is a statement of self-respect.
  • Refusing to settle is a show of self-esteem.
  • And walking away is a sign of self-trust.

Whenever you stand up for what you want, whenever you refuse to take less than you deserve, your life will begin to change, sometimes dramatically.

You’ll also notice a shift in how you feel about yourself. Speaking up becomes not something you should do, but something you have to do – because you know in your heart you’re worth it.

Where do you need to start speaking up? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Comments & Feedback

  • Lisa

    You’re right, Barbara! Sometimes you have to say no to something to say yes to something else. It can be hard. I think when people don’t clearly know that they want they will say “yes” to a lot of things.

    Only over the last 6 years have I felt more comfortable with speaking up. When I was younger, I was so worried about rocking the boat or making someone upset or angry. You learn a lot about a person when you speak up to them 🗣 in a respectful way. How they react says a lot about them.

    Had to walk away from signing 🖊 a dodgy contract. Did not feel good about it, but it was the right thing to do.

    When they sweetly confronted me about not signing, I didn’t go quiet or ghetto on them yelling “I ain’t signing that!” I just calmly explained it was a very one sided contract and threatening in nature, so I couldn’t sign it. The contract was all about them! I didn’t want to sign it and sweetly agree with something, then go against my word later saying “I don’t like that, I ain’t doing that!”

    It was so hard at first, but a little voice inside me had faith something better would come. They came back a few months later. Now we have a better agreement!

    So grateful to my law professor who passionately taught me how to scrutinize a contract to protect myself, and I’m so grateful I have the cash funds to study. Money is good, not evil! Amen 🙏

    • barbara huson

      Great story Lisa. And well done when you walked away. Even if they hadn’t come back with something better, saying No was so powerful!!! Thanks for sharing this.

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When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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