While I am not a “quant” or numbers genius, I do have a connection to models, formulas, and the like. So early in my life, I created a way for me to value myself. The old equation and “test” went something like this:
100 percent minus my perceived faults equals my “Real” Value.
That’s how I looked at the world. I would observe myself, search for flaws, and give myself a score of less than 100 percent. Less than whole. Virtually everyone has something he or she would like to improve and I was (and am) no exception. The problem was that I ended up feeling not quite good enough and using a “test” that made feeling complete impossible.
So one day I decided to scrap the “minus” equation and create a “plus” one. The new equation and “test” are:
100 percent plus perceived strengths, skills, talents, etc. equals your Real Value.
There are many good things about this new model:
1. Even if you take the test on a day you don’t add anything, you’re still 100 percent.
2. The more you are willing to perceive your good stuff, the greater your value.
3. There is no cap, ceiling, or maximum value.
I must admit that there are days when my “score” barely goes above 100 percent. On those days, I remind myself that 100 percent is enough. As I do that, I often “remember” good things about myself that I immediately add those to my equation.
If you decide to use one of my equations, I recommend the plus approach.
So which of your strengths are you willing to recognize today? Add them in and celebrate!
Have a valued day,