Self-Concept And Its Importance

After getting off a call with the HR of a renowned IT company, Priya called Rishabh. Thanks to his reference that helped Priya schedule an interview which she cracked with her skills and performance.

“Congratulations,” Rishabh said after hearing the news, “how much did they offer?”

Rishabh got disappointed after hearing Priya’s answer. “For the experience and skills you have, you should have negotiated for more,” he said, “you should know your worth.”

Self-concept of knowing your worth plays an important role in your life. We saw Priya’s example. She settled for less salary than she deserved. Why? Because she wasn’t aware of her worth. This happens to most of us. Think about it, you must have undervalued your skills and efforts at work, thus shying away from asking for and accepting the right value of yourself, whether in terms of salary, incentives, or appreciation.

While a career is one aspect, undermining or over-mining your worth or wrongly analyzing self-concept can impact your professional as well as personal relationships. It affects your confidence, and thus, you rather miss out or cannot take the complete benefits of the opportunities.

What exactly is the self-concept?

Self-concept, in simple words, is how you picture yourself. It also defines how you picture what others think of you.

It is a part of personal development skills that plays an important role in our personal and professional life, about how we look at our body, how we express and interact with our friends and strangers.

It even influences our actions and decisions. Let’s extend the previous example. After hearing Rishabh’s response, Priya rethinks her decision. After requesting for renegotiation, the company offers raise. This is sure to affect Priya’s attitude and performance at work as she puts in more effort and energy, giving her 100% at work.

Importance of self-concept

Our self-concept defines how we fit into the world. And self-concept is applied to everyone as we all wish to feel ourselves as though we belong.

Think of a rebellion, for example. If you know or have encountered a rebellion in your life, you might know a thing or two about their attitude. Most of us feel confined to some kind of boxes or labels, whether it is gender, physical, financial, social, or religion.

A rebellious person, however, avoids getting confined. They dislike the idea of labeling and broadcast themselves as free spirits. These rebellions share certain traits just as every other group of people does. Their words and actions describe who they believe they are. It defines and describes the person’s identity for themselves and others.

How to develop a positive self-concept

  1. Point out positive traits

When you look in the mirror what do you see, your flaws, or your strengths? Stop thinking about your weaknesses or labeling yourself as ‘lazy’, ‘aggressive’, or ‘unworthy’. Instead, find and point out your positive traits and strengths to improve self-confidence.

  1. Find more opportunities for success

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses will help you plan better and take on tasks you can successfully complete. This will help show your skills and performance and induce a sense of pride and a ‘can do’ attitude.

  1. Accept your actions and emotions

We all say or do things out of fear or frustration that we regret later. Instead of beating yourself for the wrongdoing, understand why it happened. This will help you accept your mistake and avoid repeating it.

Having a positive attitude not only towards things and people around you but yourself is a basis of defining and describing your personality. A positive self-concept will help you work on your weaknesses and tap into your strengths to make the most out of opportunities and nurture relationships.

Need guidance to build a positive self-concept? Enroll in online courses of mindful coaches who share tips and techniques from their insightful experiences. Also, know what is planning to combine the power of positive self-concept with planning to achieve your goals in life.


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